Category: Indie Love

Where to Buy Indie & Handmade 5-Panel Hats

Who doesn’t love hats? Miz really loves hats, I recently went shopping to buy him a new 5-panel hat and was pretty surprised at how expensive the ones on the high street have become. With many top skate or street-style brands charging up to £50, which is a little out of my budget, I thought […]

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The Simpsons Inspired Indie Fashion & Accessories Gift Guide

Is there anything more iconic 90s than The Simpsons? This timeless cartoon is very close to my heart, a cartoon I could share with my family and connect me with friends. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who can’t remember even a handful of dinner time The Simpsons sessions, particularly ones likely to be […]

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Get Reppin’ Blizzard’s Overwatch with this Wild Bangarang Leggings Collection

You probably already know the nylon clothing brand with a alt, nerd twist, Black Milk, but do you know about Wild Bangarang? Well, these guys are your UK version, based in Sussex, they’re doing a pretty swell job at capturing the geek market. With collaborations with World of Warcraft, Tokidoki and WWE already under their belt, it’s awesome to see this fledgling brand flourish with another ridiculously good collab. I’ve been an Overwatch fan since the start and absolutely love how they’ve translated this to shiny nylon legwear.

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Co-Creator @wearefoodscouts & @KitschInc. Digital Marketing & Creative Direction. Illustration, writing, creativity & style. Fan of films, TV, cartoons, colourful hair & clean beauty. Blogger since 2009.

#IndieLove: Rugrats 90s Inspired Fashion & Accessories

I’ve loved cartoons forever. I don’t think there’s been very long in my life where I haven’t swayed towards animated films and television as a preference. I’ll happily watch Cartoon Network all day, even now as an adult and I grew up on Wallace & Gromit stop motion animation. It’s not just for kids either, […]

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#IndieLove: Pretty Polly Pocket Inspired Gifts & Accessories

I visited my Mum and sister just before Christmas to help clear out some of my childhood hoarding before Mum moved house. Amongst my 90s time capsule of all kinds of goth girl and candy coloured treats, was my Polly Pocket collection. Between Polly and Barbie, this is basically my toy history summarised and I […]

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How You Can Help Your Friends With Small Businesses

You know I’m passionate about supporting small and/or local businesses in as many categories as I can manage. It’s not easy when there’s so much choice and the easy option is to hit the high street or the big internet companies and pick the cheapest or most convenient choice at any moment 24/7. Since the start of having our purchases and service choices influenced by social media and the internet, the dynamic has changed extremely quickly and is still changing now. Once upon a time it was simple to start a new business, pop it online and share it among your network and you’d probably make ends meet, it’s still easy to set up a new business but to have it successfully continue to pay your bills is a bit more challenging in a modern day, social media driven world. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for small business to stand out from the crowd, the ones with the biggest marketing budgets continue to win and the small ones are struggling to keep up. Changes in the economy and politics alongside all this add other pressures to the mix and is causing many small businesses to have to close down or find a chunk of money from somewhere to keep things going.

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Artwork by me. More on Instagram @JayneKitsch

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Co-Creator @wearefoodscouts & @KitschInc. Digital Marketing & Creative Direction. Illustration, writing, creativity & style. Fan of films, TV, cartoons, colourful hair & clean beauty. Blogger since 2009.

#IndieLove: 17 Small Brands to Support this #IndieFriday

Did you hear? It’s Black Friday this week, a sale day that we stole off the Americans and is kinda having a wobble this year. Whatever you think of sales, I wanted to pull together another alternative list in support of indie business instead of the big high street chains that really don’t need your money. When you shop with a small or indie creator or maker, you’re making it easier for them to continue with their dreams and therefore you’re supporting creativity and art as an industry.

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Co-Creator @wearefoodscouts & @KitschInc. Digital Marketing & Creative Direction. Illustration, writing, creativity & style. Fan of films, TV, cartoons, colourful hair & clean beauty. Blogger since 2009.

Pikachu in a Bath Illustrated Print on a Pokemon Etsy Gift Guide

#IndieLove: 10 Pokemon Themed Handmade & Indie Gift Ideas

Time for another geeky gift guide from the wonderful indie designers and makers of Etsy. This time it’s a blast of 90s nostalgia packed full of cuteness that still captures our hearts today, Pokemon!

As one to never follow trends, I was the only one at school that didn’t buy into Pokemon cards at the peak of their UK based popularity. Being the odd one out, I claimed to love Digimon more and put myself in the socially awkward position of having no one to swap cards or play with, classic me. Anyway, I helped my sister swap her cards a few times and definitely spent a lot of time watching Pokemon cartoons as a kid. Anyway, if you’ve got some Pokemon loving lovelies in your life that you need to shop for or just fancy catching a cute treat for yourself, read on to find out where to find my edit of Etsy Pokemon pretties.

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Co-Creator @wearefoodscouts & @KitschInc. Digital Marketing & Creative Direction. Illustration, writing, creativity & style. Fan of films, TV, cartoons, colourful hair & clean beauty. Blogger since 2009.

#IndieLove: 8 Stunning Spirited Away Fan Art Creations on Etsy

I’ve always been a fan of animation and the types of stories generally told via cartoons. I collected manga when I was at school, favouring kawaii creations like Chobits and Fruit Baskets. Whilst my mother collected horror manga and nasty Asian revenge films (you know the types!) and Neil Gaiman graphic novels. I dipped into anime via the Animatrix and Yoshitako Amano’s artwork for Vampire Hunter D, but it wasn’t until Spirited Away was first released in cinemas that I discovered Studio Ghibli. I’ll no doubt do these lists for the other films from this legendary Japanese animation studio, but I thought considering my back story this was a good place to start.

Here are my picks of some of my favourite Spirited Away fan art items that you can buy on Etsy. Remember, when you shop with an indie maker or creator, you’re helping dreams come true rather than funding a massive corporation that wouldn’t even notice if you stopped buying from them. Right now is probably the worst time to be a creative business it is hard to survive, so if you value art, music, fashion or anything else that requires artists or creator to function (so nearly everything) consider shopping with independent businesses or directly with local (or international) artisans instead next time you shop.

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Co-Creator @wearefoodscouts & @KitschInc. Digital Marketing & Creative Direction. Illustration, writing, creativity & style. Fan of films, TV, cartoons, colourful hair & clean beauty. Blogger since 2009.

#IndieLove: 9 Overwatch Inspired Gaming Gifts

I’d like to write more often about gaming, although I’m far from an expert. What I do know is that I find video games an awesome form of relaxation and a well needed distraction from reality from time to time. I’m not a hardcore gaming, but I definitely enjoy a gaming break over a Netflix […]

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