Hello everyone and welcome back to a new semester! I hope you are all coping healthily with everything. Personally, taking the time to curate my personal style and try on outfits at home is one way for me to cope. We can’t go out in our pretty clothes but some of you have probably been dressing up to stay in anyways (no judgment here!). To add a unique touch to your aesthetic, why not support local-owned businesses? If you are interested. here are a few places you can buy handmade goods from!
Niji Crochet: Customizable Crochet Pieces
This mother-daughter business specializes in everything crochet. They have readymade designs and you can even customize your own! Everything is handmade with precision and anyone can see that from their amazing craftsmanship. Buying their handmade clothes also ensures that you are not feeding into the vicious cycle of fast fashion. As long as you take proper care of their pieces, they should last pretty much forever. Aside from clothing, Niji Crochet also crochets jewellery, hats, and even market bags. It will save you the headache of trying to find complementary pieces for your look since almost everything can be found in one store!
Merdu: Handmade Jewellery
A look is not complete without jewellery (or at least not in my book). Merdu is a newly launched business that sells jewellery made by hand, with love. Merdu jewellery is also crafted from higher quality metals. We all know how annoying it is when our earrings turn green, especially after just wearing them twice. I personally think it’s a good idea to invest more money into pieces that are made of these kinds of metals. You won’t run the risk of tarnishing them and you get to strut down the runway (read: your bedroom) with their cute designs too!
Petite Luna Candles: Eco-Conscious Candles
When you spend days at a time in your room, everything can start feeling a little dull. Candles are a great way to bring a room back to life. Petite Luna Candles carry clean natural scents that will surely remind you of the outside world pre-pandemic times! They are also very conscious of the environment. They use soy wax in their candles which is biodegradable and soot-free. Soy wax also burns slower and longer, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck. Plus, if you return 5 jars back for them to reuse, you get a free candle! Just like Niji Crochet and Merdu, Petite Luna Candles’ goods are also homemade by the wonderful people behind the cute Instagram username.
Supporting local businesses means supporting the prices they charge and not demanding for it to be reduced. All the stores mentioned add personality into every item that they sell and that should be celebrated. As the situation with the outbreak gets worse, small businesses like these are suffering as well. If we have the means to help them, we should.
Written by: Sara Haidrin