My Top Picks From The Independent Designer Showcase Festival Edition At That Thing

Festival season is just about to start popping off, so just the other week I headed down to That Thing in Stokes Croft, Bristol to check out their Independent Designer Showcase – Festival Edition 2018 to see what new and sparkly amazingness was on offer.

That Thing Head Honcho Joh and I finally meeting after discovering we have 37258393 mutual friends. 📷: That Festival Life
That Thing bringing the festival vibes to Stokes Croft complete with bunting and fake grass! 📷: That Thing

Festivals are in my DNA. Pre-children, festivals were totally my jam and I’d spend the summer ping ponging from field to field. I’ve made a few festival appearances over the last four years with babies and toddlers in tow but now I’ve finally said goodbye to the baby stage I’m excited to get back out there again. I have both child-free and family festival adventures in the pipeline this summer so I’m definitely in the market for some updates to my festival wardrobe.

Over the years I’ve watched festival fashion grow from the odd glitter makeover and a few homemade garms sold from tiny stalls in the corners of festivals to an annual mega-trend – front and centre at every mainstream fashion retailer on the high street and online.

When Primark has a festival fashion section you know it’s reached peak mainstream; which is why it’s so important to support shops like That Thing that give a platform to the independent designers that are innovating with the new and flamboyant designs that will ultimately trickle down to the high street.

When you buy from independent designers you’re really supporting the grass-roots of festival culture (pun intended) as well as knowing that your clothes were made with love and not mass produced in a factory by workers on low wages.

These are my top picks:

1 – Sequin Head Wrap From Pica Pica Feathers

Move over flower crowns and feather head dresses, the sequin head wrap is in town! Hands down my favourite piece from the night. As soon as I walked into the shop and saw one of these on Joh from That Thing I knew I’d be claiming one for my own. So practical for a festival too – who wouldn’t want to cover up their crusty festival hair with a head full of glitz? I’m sold.

2- Raincoat from INSANE IN THE RAIN

INSANE IN THE RAIN describe their jackets as “happy jackets” as each one is made from between 17-23 recycled plastic bottles. Amazing right? I snapped one up because UK festivals are pretty much always rainy so I figured it would definitely be a good investment.

3 – Jog On Earrings from KoKoMo Design

These cheeky little perspex earrings totally caught my eye as Jog On is hands down one of my favourite phrases. I’m torn between buying these and the “Yes Pal” version. So good!

Photo Credit: KoKoMo Design

4 – Shapewear Catsuits from Manners LDN

Don’t think you could pull off a catsuit? Think again! These incredible catsuits from Manners London are described by the brand as “not your average bodycon”. Made in thick, supportive fabric these babies are designed especially to flatter a curvy figure by hugging your curves and smoothing your lines.

I’ve got a lot of lycra in my festival wardrobe that doesn’t do my post-baby body any favours so I’ve totally got my eye on one of these. They also make pencil skirt dresses for a slightly more wearable option (and are also completely badass).

Modelled by That Thing’s Joh and Bristol 24/7 Fashion Editor Emma. 📷: That Festival Life

5 – Mermaid Mesh T-Shirt from Kuccia 

My photo doesn’t really do this top justice – serious mermaid vibes here. A gorgeous and easy to wear piece perfect for throwing on to be instantly festival ready.

6 -Embellished Cactus Denim Cut-offs from Kuccia

Kuccia caught my eye again with these super cute cactus denim cut offs. The cactus patches take a festival staple to the next level.

7 – Patterned trousers from Duvet Days

Duvet days make their clothes from upcycled old childhood duvet sets which makes them not only ethical and sustainable but really nostalgic when you recognise the Barbie and superhero prints you had as a child.

If you’re looking for a comfy, jazzy trouser then look no further. Ideal for festivals as they’re super light and comfortable (and would dry quickly in the rain). I have my eye on these ones:

8 – Rainbow T-Shirt Dress from Neat Frontage

Neat Frontage is a Bristol based label that makes one-off handmade streetwear pieces. I just love this rainbow T-Shirt dress with mesh sleeves. It would make the perfect festival outfit as a dress or over some jeans, so snap it up as it could be one of a kind!

9 – Cropped T-Shirt from Collect Me

Collect Me is a sustainable fashion label made from upcycled fabrics based in Frome, Somerset. These cropped two tone t-shirts caught my eye as they would work as part of a festival outfit or just an every day casual outfit meaning you’d really get your wear out of them.

10 – Oversized Denim Jacket with Sequin Embellishment from Kuccia

Yet another Kuccia piece sorry, but Kuccia really is the Queen is festival-wear. I just had to include this oversize denim jacket with iridescent sequin embellishment. A sassy jacket is a must for chilly UK festivals and I think this one is incredible. Not too over the top, so you could totally pull off wearing it everyday as well.

That Thing is a veritable treasure trove of amazing clothes and accessories with over 50 independent designers; so get yourself down there to bag something to rock this summer in a field or to sparkle on an Ibiza dancefloor!

Located at 45-47 Stokes Croft, Bristol.



  1. 11th September 2018 / 11:47 am

    Primark Bristol is the perfect place for purchasing because it has got a few terrific places to search! You also could have to save a little cash and clear out some space inside your wardrobe before you go, since it really is impossible to visit Bristol without having coming back having tens of thousands of fresh apparel.

    • Emma K
      17th October 2018 / 11:44 am

      This is a post about independent shops and designers not huge chains that make their clothes in sweat shops in Bangladesh.

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