it’s important, it’s fun and it gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that your money goes straight to the face behind the product and not a huge corporation.
I have been making more and more of a effort to shop locally in the last few years- from gifts, clothing and my favourite- fresh produce. my family used to own a small business for several years when I was growing up so I can’t push the point enough that the smallest of purchases can make or break someone from one week to the next.
this is the first in a series of posts called ‘love local’ and is all about spreading the love about my favourite South Australian brands and businesses. excuse me if get a little bit carried away but this is a passion that hides within this body and is bursting to get out!
meet: Chloe Jane Candle Co. Chloe is a 20 year old dreamer and creative based in Mclaren Vale. you’ll find her pouring candles by day in her studio on her grandparents property surrounded by sheep and rolling hills. and by night? well she will be writing in her blog lovechloejane, making huge business plans and seeing her loved one. she has hit the Adelaide candle world by storm and has had her products featured at several events and launch parties around SA- and when you get your hands on her candles you’ll know why.
discover: candles in a variety of beautiful scents- think vanilla and caramel, fig and brown sugar and even fruit tingles. one smell of these beauties and you will be transported to another planet or a memory of something sweet and dreamy (another reason why Chloe loves making these scented beauties). starting from $10 for their super popular tin candles (light for travelling) and up to $20 for their medium sized pots of joy, you’ll find it fits the budget for a gift for a love one or yourself. found online, in local stockists and at That Dapper Market.
meet: bo and co. Bo is the master mind behind these concrete works of art- she has graduated from uni with a marketing degree under her belt and a huge passion for interior design. Bo was inspired to create the pots after purchasing her own abode and painting and decorating pots she had purchased from hardware stores. then bam, bo and co was born. its a team effort in this Adelaide based business- bo’s partner helps with the concrete, mum assists with painting and grandma is known to be a green thumb and supplies bo with succulents. gotta love a tight knit family.
discover: gorgeous concrete pots in shades of light and dark grey and marble. they come as plain or as decorated as you like- think geometric shapes, metallic coppers and golds and black patterns. you will find little succulents hiding in these pots of love and its the perfect gift for those who want to incorporate some green into their home in a stylish way. keep a look out for Bo & Co because next on the list are items such as concrete coffee tables and concrete table tops- i’ll take both thanks.
meet: Jungle & Spritz. made by the magical hands of Annabel Lapsys in the most sunniest room of her Adelaide home. you’ll find her forever keeping busy- weaving twine and loom when her sons at kindy or when everyone else is getting shut eye. she has always been a creative, first working with paint, but as soon as she picked up the loom she became addicted. the meaning behind Jungle & Spritz is inspired by the dictionary definition of Jungle and a trip Annabel took to Europe which involved drinking her way through Italy on Aperol Spritzes. rather fitting I think!
discover: hand made woven wall hangings in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. using different textures, twines and even vintage yarns, you’ll find these works of art will be talking points as soon as you put them on the wall. You can find her wares for sale on her Etsy Shop, where you can also order custom pieces. If you want to see them in a store you can snap them up at Two Pairs in Stepney, This Fine Day in Mitcham, Etienne in Unley, Me & Miss Jones in North Adelaide and Lotus Gifts in Brighton.
meet: etikette candles. handmade by Anastasia Borrelli- a midwife in training and a young soul with idle hands that were itching to get creative. when shes not learning how to deliver babies you will find her in her garage-turned-workshop in Daw Park where she is pouring these soy wax beauties into South Australian made amber coloured jars.
discover: locally made candles perfect for both males and females. the design is simple, the colour is gender neutral and the labeling has a organic and Scandinavian feel to it. the names of the candles are inspired by Annie’s own experiences and family memories- “Fleurieu”, scents of orange and vanilla, remind her of good times on the coast with important people and “Nightcliff”, a coconutty dream, brings back memories of fruit markets and coconuts that lined the streets in the top end. you can find her candles online or at local markets like Bower Bird Markets and That Dapper Market.
meet: Emma Kate Co. Emma Codrington is a designer, traveller, writer and just a damn lovely soul who has wanderlust in her bones and the grandest of plans. she’s a contributor at the world of wanderlust and has been featured on numerous sites like blog society, hooray magazine and the huffington post. take one look at her blog or instagram and I can guarantee it will be hard not to start following her tribe.
discover: her new wild hearts collection. it’s a combination of whimsical stationary, gift tags, wrapping paper, notebooks, cards and hand lettered quotes printed on environmentally responsible, carbon neutral art stock. a palate of navy, pastels and rose gold will fill your heart with happiness and you may struggle to give the cards away (just quietly I framed mine). the collection is inspired by Emma’s travels and everyday loves and will leave you feeling inspired and itching for a holiday.
got a favourite SA brand or business that I should know about, or are you the face of a small business in South Australia? I would love to hear from you. x
emma kate co- emma kate co instagram
bo and co- bo and co facebook
chloe jane candle co- chloe jane candle co instagram
jungle and spritz- jungle and spritz instagram and etsy store
etikette- etikette instagram