Indie 100: Top 10

You might remember our Indie 100 series on our social media, shouting out some of our favourite things from musicians to camera shops and everything in between.

So we thought why not celebrate our favourites from each category and name our Ultimate Indies.

If you’re tagged below you can now officially bask in the eternal Indie Bay top 10 glory! ⠀

Indie 100: Fashion

@isabel_manns; The UK produces enough textile waste to fill Wembley Stadium. By working with sustainably conscious seamstresses in London, Isabel ensures all fabric is cut economically to minimise waste.⠀

Isabel Manns
Indie 100: Bookshops ⠀

@landrbookshops (Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop); Founded by literary agents Sarah Lutyens and Felicity Rubinstein, L & R sells fiction and general non-fiction with special sections for children’s books, poetry and art books. ⠀

Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop


Indie 100: Stockists ⠀

@Neckstamper; This East London craft brewery names their beers after obsolete slang terms, what’s not to love? ⠀

Neckstamper

Indie 100: Hidden Gems ⠀

Leake Street Tunnel is London’s largest legal street art area covering nearly 300 metres. It showcases some amazing street art creations and was even home to some of Banksy’s original work. ⠀

Leake Street Tunnel

Indie 100: Bars/Taprooms ⠀

@Beavertownbeer; Beavertown are one of the most exciting independent brands in the market with a recently opened microbrewery in Tottenham’s home stadium. ⠀

Beavertown Brewery

Cafes ⠀

@DraughtsLondon; This is the perfect place for you. This cafe houses more than 500 board games and for £5 you can play until kicking-out time. ⠀
Draughts London Indie 100

 

Artists ⠀

@theletterbuglondon; We love the illustrative letters Ocki creates. Not only is she a great artist, she is also founder of the @blueshopcottage where she curates the space with monthly events. ⠀

The Letter Bug London

Museums ⠀

@museumofbrands; Dedicated to displaying how brands have shaped society, this museum is definitely a favourite of ours. ⠀

 

Museum of Brands

Cameras ⠀

@Paralaxcoop; Designed to be a fair and ethical photographic retailer, and providing a stable and sustainable supply to their customers, they hope to support the use of film and the love of photography well into the future. ⠀

Parallax Indie 100

Musicians ⠀

@riotjazz; This 9-strong band aren’t short of passion or energy, and can’t be defined by one genre, drawing from drum’n’bass all the way to classical.

 

Riot Jazz Indie 100

And that’s it folks. That’s our ultimate Indie 100 wrapped up. Give the guys above a round of applause. It’s extremely well deserved.

Indie Bay is Supporting our NHS Heroes

In these testing times. It’s nice to share a little Indie love where we can, particularly with our lovely NHS staff.

As of Tuesday, we’re really proud to say we’ve done just that. We’ve teamed up with Gail’s Bakery, Ralph Lauren and The Conduit in an exciting cross-sector initiative to supply thousands of healthy meals including our delicious snacks to the hard working NHS staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Earlier this week we sent several thousand packs of our snacks over to The Royal Marsden Hospital at both their Chelsea and Sutton sites. The food is sourced by Gail’s Bakery who are cooking up end-of-day meals with lovely fresh produce which are then bundled up with our #snackswithbenefits and distributed across mess rooms in the sites. If this first run-out goes well, there are plans to extend the initiative to include further sites and trusts, bringing healthy, fresh meals to even more of our NHS heroes.

We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to contribute to supporting the NHS. Here at Indie Bay we can’t wait to see how all businesses, both big and small, work to gather to support the fight on the frontlines. We couldn’t be more proud of the incredible hard work being done at hospitals up and down the country, and we hope our snacks will help keep the doctors, facilities teams, nurses, support workers, and everyone else well fuelled.

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Team Indie Bay Snacks

Pallet of Indie Bay Snacks

Fashion: Indie 100

To mark the launch of our Indie Bay 100g sharing bag we’re celebrating the 100 best independents across a range of sectors in the UK, starting today with fashion! At Indie Bay we believe in the power of independent thinkers and this is our way of recognising them and saying thanks.

Fashion Icon @oramai_london

1. @ORAMAI_LONDON

Created by Isabella Broden. Oramai London track their environmental footprint and invest in low impact alternatives to all stages of manufacturing such as eco fabric, LED lighting, renewable energy and 100% recycled packaging.

Fashion icon @MANGATALONDON

2. @MANGATALONDON

Swimshorts that are made out of recycled plastic, most of which are found in the ocean. Tavie draws all inspiration from a love of design, colour and the ocean.

Fashion icon @isabel_manns

3. @ISABEL_MANNS

The UK produces 1 million tonnes of textile waste in a year, which is enough to fill Wembley Stadium. By working with sustainably conscious seamstresses in London, Isabel ensures all  fabric is cut economically to minimise waste.

Fashion icon @peachyden

4. @PEACHYDEN

Inspired by a fun and spontaneous approach to fashion, Peachy Den creates season-less pieces with a consistent design ethos centreing on unique and flattering silhouettes, endless comfort and bold colours.

Fashion icon @thedeck_london

5. @THEDECK_LONDON

Having worked on Saville row for 3 years, Daisy spotted a gap in the market for women’s tailored suits.

@beaniemajor

6. @BEANIEMAJOR

Beanie Major is the founder of @indetaillondon, a bespoke jewelry shopping service.

@s.suavo

7. @S.SUAVO

The Creative Director of @alpha.dbn a london streetwear brand. Sheldon helped form the label whilst studying.

@florriet

8. @FLORRIET

Florre is a stylist, Contributing Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar U.K and Co-Founder of @andfinally_. Their beautifully curated page has become the go-to accessories destination with everything you need to know from labels to trends as told by fashion editors.

@mudjeans

9. @MUDJEANS

Circular jeans, essential fits. These jeans are made from recycled denim and organic cotton.

@ninety_percent

10. @NINETY_PERCENT

The contemporary womenswear label that shares 90% of profits between charitable causes.

Check out our next Indie 10: Bookshops.

Pretzel Snickers Bar Recipe

Yasmin Wakefield, AKA Nourishing Yas created this months indie recipe. She describes it as “a chewy peanut butter caramel bar that’s jam packed with peanuts and pretzel bites, all encased in a layer of delicious dark chocolate. The Rock Salt pretzels pair fantastically with the sweet caramel and provides a satisfying crunch which makes these bars so addictive.”

Yas is a 20-year-old plant-based recipe developer, certified Health & Wellness Influencer and active member of our Indie Community. She initially started blogging to document her recovery from Anorexia, at a time when she had transitioned to a plant-based diet. As a result, she fell in love with plant-based cooking and her excitement towards food was reignited.

Since then, Yas has created a plethora of delicious recipes including this month’s delight. If you’d like to see more of her creations you can take a look on her Instagram and blog. We’d love to see you have a go at this recipe too. Tag your creations on social @indiebaysnacks #HappySnacking

Yasmin WakefieldPretzel snickers bar recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR THE RECIPE

For the peanut nougat layer

  • 2 tbsps coconut flour
  • 2 tbsps chocolate protein powder (or sub extra oats)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil, melted
  • 70g oat flour
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 2 tbsps nut milk

For the pretzel peanut caramel

For the chocolate coating

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 2 tsps coconut oil

METHOD

  1. Start by making the nougat bar. Add all of the bar ingredients to the blender and blitz until the mix comes together. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and using your hands, divide in to 6 equal balls. Shape each of the balls in to a bar. Place the bars on to a sheet of grease proof paper and in to the freezer to set.
  2. Make the date caramel by adding the dates, peanut butter and vanilla extract to the blender along with 3 tbsps water and blend until smooth and creamy. Once smooth, stir the peanuts and pretzel bites in to the caramel until fully coated.
  3. Remove the bars from the freezer and top each with a layer of the date caramel. Return to the freezer to set for 2 hours. When the caramel is almost set, start to prepare the chocolate coating.
  4. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a small pan and set over a low heat until melted. Remove the bars from the freezer and coat each in a layer of chocolate. Repeat until the bars are coated 2-3 times, depending on your preferred thickness of chocolate.
  5. Return to the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Thaw slightly at room temperature before eating, enjoy.

If you’d like to try more of our featured recipes you can also check out our
Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Muffins
Bite Size Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Cakes