As the name implies, Not Just a Shop is not just a shop, it is a place where the student's creation and alumni of the University of the Arts London's are supported, and they are given the opportunity to sell their pieces. The profits from these sales are reinvested in the UAL's enterprise learning programme, which allows continuing supporting new entrepreneurial students.
Not Just a Shop is a must in London for many reasons. The first is that it is an organization that helps to empower small creators who are starting with their projects. But it is also the place where you will find the perfect gift yes or yes and it is that not only the design is of good quality. Materials and finishes are too.
If something stands out from its assortment of products is innovation and the exquisite design of each piece. There you can find from the colorful socks of Chatty Feet (@chattyfeet), inspired by characters as diverse as The Queen or Frida Kahlo, to the fun jewels of Tatty Divine (@tattydevine), through The City Works (@thecityworks) and her prints and illustrated notebooks, Girls Done Good (@girlsdonegood) and their products with feminist messages, or Walk With Me (@walkwithmebrand), with products inspired by the shape of cities and life in them, among many other brands.
Chatty Feet Sooks, sold in Not Just a Shop
Do not forget to visit the store if you have the opportunity if you want to enjoy seeing the brand's creations, but also the showcases, which are usually decorated with paintings, such as the current of Teresa Rego. The store is open from 11 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday and is located at 272 High Holborn, in London WC1V7EY (near Holborn and Chancery Lane). They also are selling online on their website.
Materia Rica is technology at the service of art. Design is the element allowing our ideas to materialize. It is a pride to see our earrings and necklaces in this store, sharing space with creators of such a high level and supporting new creators.
Images by Damian Griffiths