by brands run with love
To welcome the most sparkling time of the year, I joined a special dinner with other founders – new friends and old who put as much love into their small businesses as I do.
An excuse to create precious memories for us and the curated conscious-gift guide as well as a special giveaway for you! But let’s have a sneak peek at our selection of gift ideas – also part of the giveaway – and discover the world of the brands involved below.
PS: On Dec the 1st – on IG – more on how to enter the giveaway and take a chance to win all these beautiful gifts, for you or to give to someone you love.
BEMYJOURNEY: AN ITALY ART PRINT
With BeMyJourney, I will give away the Crème Caramel by nonna Art Print (whereas my grandma’s flan recipe is exclusively available to our community here!)
BeMyJourney is a travel design studio for curious and mindful travellers who want to experience Italy as locals do.
Think: a farmer making organic cheeses in Sardinia, or a natural winemaker who opens up his Umbrian home to fellow wine aficionados.
“I believe in travel experiences that allow you to reconnect with yourself through inspiring natural surroundings, delicious homegrown food, good wine and a deep connection with the local culture. Italy is much more than the most conventional destinations you can think of and with BeMyJourney I want to help you explore the unconventional side of my home country” Andrea.
LOUAL: A LINEN NAPKIN SET
Established in London in 2021, LOUAL offers a collection of clothing alongside home textiles designed to merge into one versatile and vibrant world.
The collection is all cut with 100% Irish Linen, a beautiful and naturally sustainable fabric flooded with heritage, craftsmanship and expertise, woven in Northern Ireland.
By offering both clothing and homeware, they make the most of using every Irish Linen off-cut minimising waste, while connecting wardrobes and homes.
HOMEWORK: WALLED GARDEN GIFT SET
Natural, purpose-driven skincare and innocuous home fragrances, inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the healing power of nature.
Living in harmony with the planet, using high quality natural botanical ingredients, with minimalist packaging.
With a background in design and having grown up around TCM, homework founder, Stephanie Hannington-Suen, wanted to use her experience to create a collection of products that apply a modern approach to ancient Chinese philosophy to help you find balance.
MATILDE JEWELLERY: A DIAMOND STUD
ABOUT MATILDE JEWELLERY
MATILDE Jewellery launched in December 2020 and is an eponymous sustainable fine jewellery brand by Matilde Mourinho.
The brand launched to inspire a change within an industry that has a devastating impact on some of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems and communities. Using only recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds, eco-friendly packaging, and transparent processes, MATILDE cuts out intermediaries to keep the pieces as affordable, sustainable, and accessible as they possibly can be.
All pieces are crafted from 14-carat 100% recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds. At just 25 years old, Matilde has been profiled in Harper’s Bazaar, Daily Mail and Forbes and already has loyal brand fans including Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Thandwie Newton, Naomi Scott and Kylie Minogue.
CLO CIRCLE: CLO CARDS
ABOUT CLO CIRCLE
CLO Circle is a philosophy club dedicated to the ongoing exchange of thoughts, feelings & ideas. The Circle was created by CLO Studio, a full-service creative agency making thoughtful, forward-thinking, bespoke communications for modern brands.
With an extensive creative network and a holistic, agile approach, CLO works collaboratively to create engaging, impactful and authentic visual stories.
CLO exists at the centre of an extensive and multi-faceted network of creative minds, from photographers, stylists and models to artists, set designers and creative thinkers.
KINGSLEY WALTERS: A LEATHER BAG
ABOUT KINGSLEY WALTERS
Whilst studying tailoring and learning the traditional methods of working with leather, I quickly became captivated with leather craftsmanship and the versatility and longevity of leather as a material. This became the start of the Kingsley Walters brand, founded in 2015.
What initially began as a hobby – making small items for myself and friends – soon turned into a business, as I began to receive bespoke orders by word of mouth.
Making further investment in traditional saddlery tools, I have been able to create small capsule collections, as well as lead workshops on leather craftsmanship.
MOS: FLORAL BUD VASE ARRANGEMENTS
MOS is a London-based multidisciplinary design, installation and floral studio started in 2020 by Sasha Grigorik.
Through the use of natural materials, contemporary botanical and floral installations, sets, concepts and experiences are created for brands, events and editorials in an effort to integrate and restore nature into growing urban lifestyles and environments.
MOS continually seeks to explore the relationship of nature and humanity, both in the physical and digital world, extending beyond the traditional approaches to floristry and botanical design.
DUELLE: AN INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTATION
Melanie is the co-founder of London and Milan based interior architecture and design studio, Duelle. A regular at Benk&Bo (where this campaign took place) Melanie often collaborates with founder and photographer Mariell Lind Hansen on interior design projects within Benk&Bo and beyond.
Expect to see crafted bespoke joinery, emerging contemporary art and hand picked vintage finds throughout the work of Duelle.
‘Out of a shared love of characterful spaces, we founded Duelle – a design studio with a name borrowed from a moody 70s new wave film. We design compelling interiors that are richly layered and thought provoking, drawing on context, memory and location. We met at an interior design agency in London where we worked together on the launch of a landmark luxury hotel in Zurich. After Micaela’s return to Milan, we decided to combine our industry expertise and aesthetic vision to launch Duelle’
ALI HEWSON: A CERAMIC CANDLESTICK
ABOUT ALI HEWSON
Ali Hewson creates small collections of tableware items, often inspired by the shards of delftware she finds mud-larkings.
Her pieces are all fired in a kiln using renewable energy, carefully using – and reusing – the clay to minimise on waste, and painted with natural oxides to eventually magic into being as the beautiful forms we see.
NOUVEAU WINE: TWO BOTTLES OF LOW-INTERVENTION WINE
ABOUT NOUVEAU WINE
Nouveau Wine: “It’s our mission to fill your glass with something new. We pick the best fruit possible and work with our winemakers in South Africa to bring to life fresh expressions of low–intervention wine.
For us it’s about craft – that’s why all our wines are small-batch, so we can continue to experiment and make interesting juice. Working directly with farmers is important to us. We’ve designed a fully transparent process from vine to bottle, this means we know exactly what you are putting in your glass.
Let us show you wine–new. Welcome to a new sip.”