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  • Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

    January 06 2021 – Mercantile London

    Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

      Here at Mercantile London, we are fortunate to work with some amazing small brands, designers, and craftspeople that are helping to change the way we consume and impact upon the planet. Tanaka is an apothecary brand whose sustainable formulations and zero waste products are rooted in nature.  The chunky, tacile bars are made with a unique blend of butters...

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  • Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    December 15 2020 – Mercantile London

    Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    Founded in 2019 by Leonara Manyangadze, TANAKA is a handmade soap brand. Tanaka (n.) [tah-nah-kah] is a Zimbabwean Shona name, meaning 'we are good', and it is this sentiment that guides their mission. TANAKA make bars of soap to benefit skin health and boost wellbeing and, in doing so, rid the world of plastic waste. Being fans of her beautifully...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide - Conscious Christmas

    November 16 2020 – Mercantile London

    Christmas Gift Guide - Conscious Christmas

      With a staggering extra amount of waste produced over the Christmas period compared with the rest of the year; food and packaging, wrap and cards, Christmas trees, and unwanted or duplicated gifts are often binned rather than recycled, re-purposed or re-used. If you are choosing not to ignore the impact this has and opting for a more mindful way...

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  • History & Heritage  Part 2 - Peregrine

    November 12 2020 – Mercantile London

    History & Heritage Part 2 - Peregrine

      Peregrine are a 100% ‘Made In England’ apparel company that have a manufacturing heritage which dates back to 1796 when JC Glover & Co were first established eight generations ago. Now under the eye of Managing Director and Head of Design Tom Glover, Peregrine are combining the best of contemporary design with the skill and heritage of British craftspeople...

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  • Stylish and sustainable winter boots - Vagabond

    November 13 2019 – Mercantile London

    Stylish and sustainable winter boots - Vagabond

      “We are shoemakers at heart and soul. We want to make great looking shoes for people in all corners of the world. And we believe that great design does not have to cost a fortune.” Marie Nilsson Peterzén, Co-founder & Creative Director of Vagabond.   The brand Vagabond was first born in Sweden 1973. The foundation of today’s Vagabond...

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  • The Sisterhood Dress // Naked Generation

    October 08 2019 – Mercantile London

    The Sisterhood Dress // Naked Generation

    For the founder of Naked Generation, Lara Merrill, the Sisterhood collection was born out of a love affair for celebrating slow fashion, Indian textiles and vintage fashion. It all began with an original 1970s block printed Phool dress she found in at a flea market ten years ago. “The feel of the cotton and soft earthy tones made me feel like...

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  • Making Sustainability Clear // Vagabond shoes

    October 04 2019 – Mercantile London

    Making Sustainability Clear // Vagabond shoes

    Swedish fashion shoe brand Vagabond has been in the industry for more than thirty years. Ever since the start, the idea has been about offering designer shoes and accessories for a global audience, by knowing all there is to know about shoe making. With this mission to be a global fashion brand comes a great responsibility to think and act...

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  • Ethical, vegan and natural // Lune

    October 02 2019 – Mercantile London

    Ethical, vegan and natural // Lune

    Created in 2019 by two Australian friends living in London, Lune is a sustainable, ethical, 100% natural, vegan apothecary brand which will be popping up in The Mercantile store at our Eco Day on 3rd October. Lune started out of personal necessity in 2019 when Lune founder, Hannah Stanton, wanted a completely natural pillow spray that she could also use...

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