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Now, more than ever, it’s important to support independent designers – and &Daughter is up there at the top of my list. Co-founded by Buffy Reid, a former PR executive turned knitwear nut, &Daughter has a lovely back story: Buffy’s father was a wholesaler for Donegal tweeds and Scottish cashmere before she persuaded him to come out of retirement to start up an independent label with her. Inspired by vintage snaps of Marilyn Monroe in a woolly Aran knit (Buffy also cites Lee Krasner and Susan Sontag as her knitwear heroines), &Daughter makes some of the best traditional-with-a-twist jumpers around, working with artisan mills in Scotland and Ireland. I have had the pleasure of many winters wearing a beloved &Daughter heavyweight fisherman’s knit (I’m quarantining in it right this minute, in fact) so I’m looking forward to the label’s inaugural dress collection, which boasts simple, wear-anywhere shapes and personality-laden (mostly natural) fabrics. Made locally in Southeast London at a women’s-only atelier, as well as at a family-run factory in Portugal, around 60 per cent of the line is GOTS-certified organic, and many end-of-run fabrics have been recouped from Italian mills and given new life in small-batch production runs. I particularly love the sleeveless Evelyn style, which is 97 per cent organic cotton, and is just the thing I’d be bombing around the park in, were we set to resume normal service any time soon…
Ellie Pithers, Digital Director
Since my confinement, I have embarked on a calorific journey and am effectively baking my feelings. The oven has become my best friend, the kitchen my sanctuary. I sob over bad bakes and leave cakes that turn out well on the doorsteps of my neighbours. Guiding me through this is my baking guru, Lily Vanilli. Before the lockdown, I had taken a cake decorating class at her East London studio, which I highly recommend for anyone looking to learn how to evenly stack and ice a cake. At present, she is posting informative how-to videos and inspirational cake pictures on her Instagram, and as a one-woman band is still producing cakes to order. Her smaller ones would be the perfect way to lift the spirits of anyone having to suffer a birthday inside over the next few weeks.
Rosie Vogel, Fashion Bookings Director
It’s more important than ever to support local businesses right now, whether by buying a voucher to redeem at your favourite restaurant once normal service resumes (remember going out for dinner?), or placing an online order for some quarantine reading from your nearest independent bookshop. My own neighbourhood go-to, General Store on Peckham’s Bellenden Road, has flipped its business model on its head in recent days in order to keep isolating foodies in baked goods, fruit and veg, posh cheeses and wine (important). The team updates its produce list live throughout the week and preps orders for either collection or delivery within the local area. Its sourdough loaf has become central to my lockdown breakfasts.
Kerry McDermott, Executive Digital Editor
It’s not been an easy few weeks, has it? To try and relax my rather tense body and mind, I’ve been utilising some holistic tricks. The first is meditation and breath-work; tuning into the state of play in our minds is essential to helping us achieve some form of peace and an ability to let go of all the day’s worries. Perseverance is key when trying to build a meditation habit: I recommend Headspace for beginners and Richie Bostock (@TheBreathGuy) for his online breath-work sessions on Instagram. CBD is another source of joy for me at the moment; I’ve tried a few brands, but am currently enjoying CBII’s CBD Oil – it contains 50g of cannabinoid per milliliter and I’ve found it takes the edge off my worries. Then there’s exercise, which has become both daily escapism and a saving grace. There are now online workouts aplenty, but I can personally vouch for AMP Athletic’s Zoom workouts and JAB’s Instagram Lives. Getting your sweat on will bust out some frustration and boost endorphins – guaranteed. And finally, enjoy a tonic for the mind: Elizabeth Day’s new “bonus” podcast special with author of Solve for Happy Mo Gowdat, whose soothing, reassuring tones help bring some positivity to the day. Here’s to that.
Hannah Coates, Digital Beauty Editor