Why buy independent though? Cast aside from the chain stores we all know such as Topshop and Zara, independent shops have so much more to offer than just a product you need. Often the pace is much slower and you can really talk to the people that work there who, a lot of the time, know a lot more about what they’re selling than in other retail environments. They care about what they’re selling and you’re buying into much more than what they’re selling, you’re buying into a community and a sense of creative fulfillment.
I would go into more detail about buying independently online but that may have to be for another post, you could spend hours looking at independent fashion brands online and a lot have incredible ethics – most of my ethical fashion finds have been found through Instagram so many this app that has caused so much distress has it’s purpose?
The above quote couldn’t be more true, Magalleria is certainly original and varied and it carves a story that is lost through so many shops these days, it’s a stream of creative consciousness that has led to something quite remarkable and the rise of independent shops is definitely something that should be celebrated and encouraged. I hope social media can continue to help shops like this flourish and I will certainly be sharing more shops like this on my blog, there is no way I would let a charming business like Magalleria go unnoticed, it needs to have a light shone on its brilliance like so many other shops.
If we don’t shout about these shops then they have the capability to fold and as Laila wrote in a recent post about the closure of an independent Vegan restaurant called Campbell’s, she doesn’t want places like this to close. It may not be a shop but it’s certainly independent and although on the topic of Veganism it can span to shops to. We need to spread the word about these places for they will otherwise be consumed by larger and more established stores and restaurants, or even worse be left as a shall of its former brilliance.
|It took me a while to realise that my friends were stood behind the window, possibly one of my favourite pics ever|
lots of love, eleanor xx