There's no place like the Great British high street – from its iconic independents, to seasonal Pop-Ups and those expansive, world-class department stores – but with the pandemic having caused many shops to momentarily close their doors, we've reimagined our usual feature to include the e-tailors that give us the same level of excitement as bricks and mortar. This week, we spoke to Beatrice Savoretti and Clement Lauchard, the married duo that started Vigour and Skills, about their picks of the season.

Those of you who love beautifully crafted objects made on home soil, look to Vigour and Skills as the new destination to find them. Having launched in August 2020, the couple-founded marketplace pedestals British creatives by giving them a platform to sell their crafts, as well as being a place where you can learn more about how they're made, through BTS videography and designer bios. 

We asked the pair to introduce us to some of their favourite artisans, and to explain why they love them so.

a Katy Warriner Rundlestone Messenger bag 

Because... "Katy Warriner's beautiful leather works are meticulously crafted items made from thoughtfully-sourced materials. Katy makes leather wares using leather from the last remaining oak bark tannery in the country. Her designs are timeless pieces that reflect her values of tradition and simplicity as well as being practical, durable and being made to last a lifetime of use."
Shop the Rundlestone Messenger bag here.

What... a Ella Bua-Ins Nude Tumbler

Because... "There isn't one piece from Ella Bua-In's collection that doesn't stand alone majestically in your home and at the same time, thanks to her playful designs, manage to bring a sense of calm and softness to its surroundings. We love that despite her background in art, Ella is completely self taught in ceramics, and this was learned through our behind the scenes section of our website, where you can visit our world of creatives and their crafts.

Shop the Nude Tumbler here.

What... a Shakti Ellenwoods Thunderbird Ethical Animal necklace

Because... At the heart of Shakti Ellenwoods' exquisite designs is her passion for creating ethical fairtrade jewellery. Each handcrafted creation is made using certified conflict free gemstones and 18ct fairtrade gold, which is fully traceable and sustainably sourced. These precious materials are lovingly crafted into ethical jewellery inspired by ancient cultures, sacred symbols and Ellenwood’s journeys around the globe. Rich in romance, myth and ritual, each design blends centuries-old artisanal skills with Ellenwoods' distinctive aesthetic.

Shop the Thunderbird Ethical Animal necklace here.

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