The Independent Brands You Should Have On Your Radar

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I don't know about you guys that read the blog but as I've gotten older and therefore began to form my own personal style, I've started to feel less love for the high street and "fast fashion". Though occasionally I will find an amazing piece in Topshop or pick up a basic or two in H&M, over the last few years I've found that independent stores and vintage is where I find the most amazing and unique clothing that I feel fits my personality and my soul the most. Therefore in this post I thought it would be cool to share a few of the smaller and independent online stores and brands that I think everyone should have on their radar.



Local Heroes is a brand that a lot of you probably have heard of already but I felt they deserved a mention anyway as they just keep going from strength to strength. Based in Poland, Local Heroes was founded 2 years ago and has blossomed from just a collection of t-shirts to one of my favourite streetwear brands out there today. Combining sassy slogans, pastel colours and details with super easy to wear and style cuts (ringer tees, slip dresses and satin bomber jackets for example), the brand is perfect for casual pieces that are far from basic. Local Heroes have also recently collaborated with the megababes of Grl Power Gang in an incredible new collection that's overflowing with pastel pink pieces and feminist sass - right up my street. 



Valfré is probably my most recent discovery on this list but one that has instantly become a favourite of mine. Founded by social media superstar and artist Ilse Valfré, the brand is cute and kooky to a T - think bomber and denim jackets with tongue in cheek slogans, gold mermaid "scale" a-line skirts and pastel pink latex dresses. They also do some of the raddest phone cases I've ever seen - those shell phone and "100% boy tears" milk carton beauties that you've seen all over your Instagram feed? Yep, those are Valfré.



The Ragged Priest is a brand that have been around for a few years now but every single time they release a new collection, I fall even more in love with them. Their SS16 range is, in my opinion, their best yet - I've bought multiple things from it and still have a wishlist the length of my arm. Similar to Local Heroes, The Ragged Priest do a lot of pieces that work well in any wardrobe but have an extra bit of interest and uniqueness that transform them from basic to instantly special - from cropped ringer tees with cute patches to sheer pastel dresses to heavily embellished biker jackets to ripped mom jeans with mesh underlay. The brand have really made a name for themselves lately, collaborating with everyone from beloved label Lazy Oaf to social media princess and model Joanna Kuchta - I'm excited to see what will come next.



Man, how do I even begin to put my love for Tunnel Vision into words? There is SO much to be obsessed with about this brand/store/collective. Founded by mega babes Isabel Hendrix and Madeline Pendleton, run by a team of just four and located in Los Angeles, Tunnel Vision specialises in sourcing and creating ethical, affordable and drop dead incredible fashion for girls - and soon to be guys - who like their clothes "weird". The site not only has new clothing produced in-house by a seamstress (we're talking sassy halter tops, tie dye and psychedelic print co-ords and velvet lace up shorts) as well as a vintage section which is the stuff of my 90s dreams. But aside from their amazing pieces, I adore Tunnel Vision for how inclusive and positive they are - models are of all body types and skin colours, a total breath of fresh air in the industry today. I check their Instagram everyday to see what's new, plus their incredible lookbooks are amazing for outfit inspo.



Being worn by Rita Ora and featured in VICE is surely a sign of an up and coming fashion juggernaut which is definitely one way to describe designer Jade Clark. Born in Doncaster, Jade first captured the attention of the fashion industry with her 2012 graduate collection which fused street-crime inspired aesthetics like ski masks and tracksuits with other worldly neon and pastel colour palette. Since then her ready-to-wear pieces have been stocked worldwide on some of my favourite sites like Dolls Kill and her collections have just kept getting better - I'm sensing major Alabama Whiteman vibes from her latest work. The lady herself describes the brand as "ballsy" so you like your fashion shiny, sassy and bold, Jade is the gal for you. Side note for summer: she does THE most amazing swimsuits ever.

What do you think of the brands featured here, are you a fan? I'd also love to know what your favourite smaller labels and online stores are so be sure to drop me a comment down below - I love finding new brands to check out! 

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68 comments

  1. LOVE these brands - especially Tunnel Vision...if we had money we'd buy absolutely everything possible for summer :)
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  2. Looks like they are great, I need to look at their products

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  3. I wasn't familiar with these brands, thanks for introducing them.

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  4. I haven't heard of these brands because well, they're not available in my country. But I agree that some independent brands have a lot more unique and diverse selections!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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  5. This is great post! I was not known to these brands. Different collection!
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  6. These all sound really interesting, need to check them out!
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  7. This is a wonderful post, I definitely think we should all be supporting independent brands more! It's something I definitely want to get on board with more!

    Musings & More

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  8. I love Valfré! These are some great brands, thanks so much for sharing!
    xx Alyssa
    visionsofnyc.blogspot.com

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  9. I absolutely love local heroes stuff, so unique and cute! I shall definitely be having a look at all the other brands as I looooooove independent brands

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  10. All of these look amazing, thank you so much for sharing :)

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  11. Thank you for the recommendations and for sharing these wonderful brands :) I can't wait to check them all out!

    El xxx

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  12. People don't talk about independent brands enough! Thank you for sharing your picks!
    Hannah | Whoops It's Hannah

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  13. You can't go wrong with some rocking indie brands. Tunnel Vision looks pretty cool, I must say. :]

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  14. Omg thanks for this post! Your aesthetic is amazing and it's really cool to hear about some different brands :3 I am soo gonna have to treat myself to some new pieces when I get home <3

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    1. I hope you find some things that you love! <3

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  15. The Ragged Priest looks great I will definitely have to have a look at their stuff!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. I love them! Definitely one of my most worn brands xx

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  16. <3333 such great post!

    love this bomber jacket

    Karolina Gespucci

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  17. I haven't heard any of these before and thanks for mentioning them! I will check them asap! :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  18. I absolutely love the Ragged priest but have never heard of the other brands, I'll definitely be checking them out now! x

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  19. All of clothes are so cool,and i love these fashion wear


    Akseliane

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  20. Killer looks ! I'm so fan ! ♥

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  21. omgggg, i've been trying to look for small/independent brands that i can support for so long! thank you for this, i love them all! <3

    xo Sarah
    Absolutely Sarah | Bloglovin

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  22. I love independent brands and their individual stories! I knew about Local Heroes, but thank you for introducing me to the other brands!

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  23. Nice review

    Thanks for sharing


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  24. Thanks for sharing, so many great designers to discover :)

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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  25. I think writing blog has shaped me with that personal style too! I still remember my very first post and style, it was kinda random because I still didn't know who I was. Glad, you've found yours!

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  26. Interesting brands. I live in a country where there is not much acceptance for independent local brands (well, that may be case now but I hope it will change in the future) and people prefer big and commercialized brands like Forever 21 and H&M. I do wish we have more of those independent brands as well. Maybe in the future we will. :)

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  27. I am so glad you mentioned Shop Tunnel Vision! I have blogged about them in the past. They have such a great thing going on especially with selling all sizes. They run their business so well, especially on Snapchat. Great post darling!

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  28. I always love discovering new, independent brands! Thanks for the recommendations.<3

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  29. I'm guilty of buying most of my clothes from the highstreet these days, which i hate because I used to do so munch vintage and charity shop shopping! I've only heard of The Ragged Priest out of these (I think from your Instagram tbh haha) but will definitely be checking out the rest. I need to start branching out from Topshop again aha!

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  30. Loving these brands! The Ragged Priest is known to me but I haven't heard of the others so going to check them out <3

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + Giveaway

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  31. So cute!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoSE
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  32. Looks lovely!
    Amy x
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  33. love the babes from Tunnel Vision!

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  34. OMG! Love your blog! Valfrie's work has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. I have never heard of the other brands though! I have so many different tabs open right now, haha.

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  35. I should check these brands out xx

    Liz
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  36. Local Heroes are super-hyped in Poland, even my mom knows them haha.
    Currently, I'm drooling over these Jessie Trousers from Jade Clark! <3 Haven't heard of her before, so thank you for sharing! Basically, this post is very helpful for those who are just getting into street fashion :)

    xoxo Astronaut Overboard

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  37. I love new brands and I think it is fab that you have shared them! Great post!

    Charlotte xx

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  38. It's great that you buy clothes from independent brands, which is rare. I tend to avoid high street shops too but feeling a bit frustrated with limited choices (for me anyway) out there I am thinking to make my own dresses - my boyfriend has just bought me a sewing machine so I hope it will happen!

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  39. great stuff!!
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  40. Ragged Priest are fantastic! I have been a fan of them, often sold in Topshop, for years now!

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  41. These brands are so stylish I think I'm too awkward and unhip to wear. Haha! Tunnel Vision sounds awesome, in fact all of these do! I'm always looking to support ethical fashion <3

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  42. These brands are awesome! Thank you for sharing :)

    Jac Fleurant
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  43. Yesss The Ragged Priest is so cool! This post is a true inspiration Cara, thank you so much for sharing it! You made me discover Local Heroes and I must admit I love their stuff! Great post!
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  44. The ragged priest is SO GOOD! They used to have all their stuff at the shop Ark, until it closed down :( I love Jade Clark and Tunnel vision too, I just wish I had more money to buy clothes!

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