A kind friend recently sent me a link to a website for the English independent draper, Merchant & Mills. Their website is an absolute joy; simple, effective and put together by someone with an immensely good eye for design and composition.
The selling of quaint but robust accoutrements and fabrics seems to be their main business; many of which I’m keen to promote here just because they look so damn well made and unique. As you’ll see from the below they specialise in Oilskin products; heavy canvas that’s coated in a layer of linseed oil (generally speaking this is how Oilskin is made). There’s also a really nice ‘tone’ to the company; it feels heritage and reliable and their website carries lots of encouraging slogans for craft-minded people with an interest in quality goods.
This notebook is waterproof and presumably you can use the oilskin jacket on any A6 pad once you’ve filled up the one supplied with all your ideas and sketches. Find it here for £24.
I think this is a do-it-yourself duffel bag; you buy it as a kit and make it up. Find it here for £45.
This oilskin bag might be for the girl in your life, unless you feel confident pulling off a man bag. Again, I think it’s a kit you make up yourself. Find it here for £48.
Finally, this is a sewing kit, also known as a 'tailors roll’ or 'hussuf’. If you’re a recent visitor to this blog, you’ll understand why I’m pretty keen to pick one of these up, having taken up shirtmaking as a hobby. That being said, I could imagine this working reasonably well as a jacket for a shaving kit. Find it here for £44.
If you’re struggling for Christmas present ideas for that special someone in your life I’d highly recommend checking out the Merchant & Mills website here.
When I’ve got all my Christmas shopping out of the way, I’m pretty keen to pick up one of these items, so I’ll let you know what happens. Next time I’m down in East Sussex, I’m going to have to pay their shop a visit.