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  • In Conversation with Meadows Designer Louise Markey

    February 26 2021 – Mercantile London

    In Conversation with Meadows Designer Louise Markey

        Meadows is a romantic and feminine collection designed in Hackney, East London, by Australian born, Central Saint Martins graduate, Louise Markey. Inspired by Victoriana, prairie-style, and folklore the collection embodies a distinct point of difference and whilst it draws on various historical periods is infused with a wearable, modern sensibility. We caught up with founder and womenswear designer...

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  • Spring Moodboard

    February 19 2021 – Mercantile London

    Spring Moodboard

    One of the new season moods offers up glimpses of romance and feminine details inspired by Victoriana, prairie-style, and folklore. Centred around the return to a slower approach, designers current attitudes are being inspired by various sources.  Looking to the past, embroidery and lace draw their inspiration largely from heritage crafts and traditional skills passed down through generations. Floral printed...

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  • Green Shoots

    January 22 2021 – Mercantile London

    Green Shoots

      "Green is the fresh emblem of well-founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest". – Mary Webb   One of the nations favourite colours (after blue) and with more shades than any other colour, the colour green was revered by ancient cultures. Egyptians used forms of malachite and azurite to decorate their temples,...

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  • Sale Picks Under Fifty

    December 29 2020 – Mercantile London

    Sale Picks Under Fifty

      The Mercantile winter sale is on, and below we have an edit of sale pieces that will refresh your current wardrobe, transcend the seasons and still come in under fifty pounds.     Dr Denim Mens Titus Cashew Check ShirtNow £43.00 (Was £62.00)     Markberg Faith Yellow Snake Coin PurseNow £25.00 (Was £50.00)     Bellerose Larya Red...

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  • Scandi Sale Picks

    December 22 2020 – Mercantile London

    Scandi Sale Picks

      Incorporating Denmark, Norway and Sweden,  'scandi' based style has had a huge influence on the world in terms of interiors, fashion, food and the hugely popular concept of hygge. Like most Europeans, Scandinavian based designers favour quality fabrics, along with a classic colour palette of grey, black, and cream juxtaposed with vivid brights and print.  With a distinct Scandinavian...

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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 1 - ERIBÉ Knitwear

    October 26 2020 – Mercantile London

    History & Heritage Part 1 - ERIBÉ Knitwear

      Established 33 years ago, ERIBÉ (named after brand founder Rosemary Eribe’) is a knitwear design house and manufacturer based in Melrose, in the Scottish Borders. Thought of as a 'cottage industry gone global', they champion the Made In Scotland label and have an avid fan-base around the world. ERIBÉ Knitwear has organically grown from a one-person operation in a...

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  • Eco, Fair & Certified ARMEDANGELS AW20

    October 09 2020 – Mercantile London

    Eco, Fair & Certified ARMEDANGELS AW20

      “Fair, organic, social … sure, anyone can say that! To show that these are not just empty words, we work together with independent organisations…to create meaningful products with the highest respect for humans and nature”. ARMEDANGELS   ArmedAngels create timeless, sustainable, fashion for men and women with a 100% eco, fair, certified and transparent approach. The brands mission is...

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  • Three Mercantile Brands With Standout Ethical & Environmental Credentials

    October 06 2020 – Mercantile London

    Three Mercantile Brands With Standout Ethical & Environmental Credentials

      Whilst having a 'green' approach seems to be the top priority for most fashion and beauty brands coming onto the market these days, the lack of clarity surrounding 'eco-friendly' terms, and the multiple factors to weight up (sourcing, materials, production methods, treatment of employees, business practices and charitable contributions) when trying to make a conscious purchase can be a...

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  • Back to Basics - Seasonal Staples

    September 29 2020 – Mercantile London

    Back to Basics - Seasonal Staples

      It seems relevant to return to a back to basics approach for the autumn season, questioning the longevity of our purchases and their ability to offer the multiple demands we make on them. Over the years Mercantile London has grown with and supported crafts people, artisans, small brands and individual makers who's agendas is to work in the right...

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