The Future Kept

Husband and wife team Jeska and Dean Hearne created The Future Kept as part of a new adventure to seek out beautiful and useful items that are functional in day-to-day life. They aim to inspire more people to think carefully about the items that they have in their lives, to step away from the throwaway nature of the modern world and to make more sustainable choices.

Nestled on the south coast of England, they design and carefully source items from independent designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs who create products with timeless qualities, functionality and beauty.

Fairlight, East Sussex, TN35 4BG

hello@thefuturekept.com | @thefuturekept | thefuturekept

Colours May Vary

Established by Becky and Andy in 2012, Colours May Vary was Leeds’ first design-focused magazine and bookshop. Focusing on quality and integrity in design and production, the shop stocks a range of books, journals, prints, cards, gifts, wrap and contemporary stationery. In support of independent designers and illustrators, they source their collection both locally and internationally from a mix of established and up-and-coming producers.

For beautiful, useful and inspirational wares with a focus on graphic art and design, typography, illustration, and product design, visit the shop and exhibition space.

Unit 1a, Munro House, Duke Street, LS9 8AG

0113 2442704 | @Colours_mayvary | coloursmayvary

Funny Girl – Nick Hornby

Winning the Miss Blackpool competition is not enough for Barbara Parker, who dreams of fame and holds Lucille Ball as an idol; she navigates her innocent life from her hometown to London, in search of stardom. As she meets and charms a host of diverse characters, they share their goals, fight over conflicting feelings, and together, create a TV series.

Funny Girl is an insightful account of the lives of a delightful bunch. In their personal lives, jealousies, secret longings and uncertainties, their endearing and flawed qualities are revealed. Historical facts and photographs firmly establish the novel in 1960’s London. Through real-life politicians and events, advertisements and a cartoon strip, Hornby recreates an era.

 

Caye Caulker – Belize

The tiny island of Caye Caulker is infamous for its snorkelling and diving adventures, diverse wildlife and hammock lifestyle. Then there’s the wooden houses on stilts, sandy streets and palm trees. Caye Caulker is aptly known for its ‘Go Slow’ motto, a sentiment unique to an island that has ruled out cars, meaning that the locals ride bicycles and take golf cart taxis.

Although Caye Caulker is only just off the coast of Belize, its culture is set apart from the rest of Central America, this five-mile island has a distinct identity of its own. Fusing a population of Mestizo refugee descendants, those who speak English-based Creole and a growing number of Chinese families, the island has a cultural blend that is distinctively vibrant and evolving.

Unmissable

Go snorkelling or diving around the world’s second-largest barrier reef.

Visit Shark Ray Alley to swim with sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and a nearby sunken shipping container.

Rent a sea kayak on the north of the island and explore the dense mangrove forest, past the Split.

Stroll on Front Street and enjoy the local artisan shops.

Eat freshly caught sea food from one of the many restaurants scattered around the island.

Lizzie for SMUG – The Pattern Collection

Following several years of experience in buying, styling and curating for SMUG, Lizzie Evans has produced her own inspired pattern collection. Brights, pastels, geometrics, looser brush strokes and splatters, amalgamate in her fresh illustrative style. Wrapping paper, tote bags, cushions and more products, are planned to launch upstairs at SMUG, before Christmas.

Visit SMUG

13 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA

+ 44(0)2073540253 | @IFEELSMUG

These Charming Things

Advocating independent designers and putting all of her favourites in one place, Jessica Clark has created These Charming Things; an online store supporting many small creative businesses in the line of paper goods and stationery.

One product available to buy on These Charming Things is Katie Housley stationery. Her unique collections, many of which are finished by hand, are inspired by nature, plants, texture and colour.