Summer is just around the corner and, while the temperature is still unseasonably low, shoppers are starting to look forward to the warm, balmy days of July and August. It’s been a long, cold winter, so there’s no doubt that friends and family will be getting outside as much as possible, whether it’s for a neighbourhood garden party, a day at the beach or a weekend away camping.
And, with our handpicked selection of independent UK brands, you can give them everything they want and more. From handwoven, day-trip-ready handbags to fresh and fruity summer drinks, here’s what you need to be stocking this summer.
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There’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink to cool down in the midday sun – and we think your customers will agree.
1. Boothstown Gin
Inspired by botanist and herbalist Joseph Evans, Boothstown Gin uses the finest quality botanicals to create an incredibly smooth gin and is the newest addition to Faire’s UK alcohol brands. Made locally in Manchester, Boothstown Gin is on a mission to re-create the bygone days of Evans’ science shows held in the city’s pubs. The Orange Blossom Gin has a particularly summery feel to it.
2. Mavrik Drinks
For a summery sober alternative, Mavrik Drinks has a range of great-tasting, low-calorie, alcohol-free drinks. The brand stocks a teetotal take on all the classics, including a Dark & Stormy, a Cuban Mojito and an Aromatic G&T. Even better, the beautiful cans come in bright, summer colours and will look great on your picnic blanket.
3. Wednesday’s Domaine
Wine lovers can enjoy a midweek treat without the next-day hangover with Wednesday’s Domaine’s alcohol-free wine collection. The brand works with Spanish wines that are blended, bottled and labelled in the UK. Offering both a red and white option, these will be a great alternative for summer sipping.
4. Braw Liquor Club
One of our newest UK alcohol brands is on a mission to make cocktails better without cutting corners on quality. Braw Liquor Club (BLC) uses Scottish ingredients from land and sea to bring cocktail-lovers classic drinks with a contemporary twist. All ingredients are locally sourced, use sustainable packaging and are vegan-friendly. The brand’s bold, eye-catching aesthetic will stand out on your shelves this summer.
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5. The Mama Made
The Mama Made was the brainchild of a mother and son duo who teamed up to create a slow fashion and homeware collection that mixes traditional handcrafting techniques with contemporary influences. Every bag is made using 100% organic natural materials to bring a familiar soft comfort to modern-day life.
6. Lu by Lu
Lu by Lu’s futuristic bags are made from multifaceted beadwork inspired by the African diaspora. Founded by Lagos-born atelier Louie Akinwale in 2020, the brand aims to redefine Nigerian heritage and commemorate cross-continental influences through unconventional designs, distinctive silhouettes and sustainable, luxury materials.
7. Sun Jellies
Add a splash of fun to your shelves this summer with Sun Jellies’ funky “jelly-style” shopping bags. They’re the ideal addition to any summer picnic and come in a range of different shapes, sizes and colours so there’s something for everyone. Every bag made by the husband and wife team is created using 100% recyclable, vegan material that’s durable, sustainable and easy to clean.
Get the (garden) party started with outdoor accessories
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8. Lund London
Lund London brings together British designer Daniel Lund Savage’s iconic bottle designs with a thoughtful homeware range. The “your drink, your way” collection is made up of cute and quirky reusable bottles perfect for garden parties and picnics. Customers can choose from a fun bumble bee design, an astronaut’s dream or a mix-and-match selection of simple, bold colours.
9. PomPom Galore
Pom-poms bring a bit of fun and colour to any garden party. PomPom Galore highlights this with its vibrant range of handmade pom-pom garlands and pom-pom fairy lights. Every piece is made using high-quality yarn and traditional techniques, and the brand has grown significantly since it started in 2014. Today, PomPom Galore products can be found in global boutiques, concept stores and famous designer stores (and maybe your store next?).
Little Bee Fresh
Little Bee Fresh helps consumers ditch cling film. The organic beeswax cloths are a great way to pack and prepare food for a garden party. Founded in 2017, the brand produces its cloths in a local factory from organic raw materials. As well as beeswax food cloths, Little Bee Fresh also stocks beautiful beeswax tablecloths and accessories for an entire BBQ setup.
The great outdoors: Must-have picnic and camping equipment
Whether people are going on a weekend camping trip or taking a picnic to the local park, they’re going to need plates, cutlery and an all-important blanket.
11. Jungle Culture
Help your customers create an idyllic summer picnic with rustic coconut bowls, bamboo cutlery and sustainable travel cosmetic kits from Jungle Culture. The brand works with family-run farms and craft workshops in Vietnam to design high-quality handmade products that reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and support development in rural, low-income areas.
Keep campers warm this summer with a huge range of luxury blankets designed and made in Scotland. Inspired by the country’s nostalgic past, TBCo produces wool scarves and blankets that combine fashion and contemporary living with a strong sustainability focus – the perfect addition to a picnic or camping trip when the sun goes down.
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13. Green Earth Learning
Green Earth Learning sells handmade learning games that are perfect for children’s picnic activities. Run by Justine Page, a Forest School Leader, the games aim to help young people connect with nature and develop a love of the environment. The small scavenger-hunt packs are easy to transport and can provide hours of fun.
14. Grass & Air
The British summer is notoriously unpredictable, something Grass & Air uses to its advantage. The kids’ clothing brand has developed a fun technology that changes the colour of a garment when it gets wet. Wellies and waterproofs reveal a hidden pattern and deliver a little dose of magic to brighten up the cloudy skies. The brand has a full range of kids’ swimwear, rash vests and poncho towels, too.
Stock up for summer
Start stocking your store for summer now – from luxury picnic accessories to refreshing alcohol-free drinks, our selection of UK-based brands has everything you need to give your shelves a summery sparkle this year.