Inspirational pocket guides for doers.

 

The Do Book Company is an independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, London. We produce a series of inspirational pocket guidebooks in print and digital formats.

Our books are written by speakers from the Do Lectures whose ideas have inspired others to go and Do. Our aim is to recreate that same positive change in book form – whether that’s the mastery of a new skill or craft, a simple mindshift, or a shot of inspiration to help you get started.

Each book is fairly short, about 100 pages, as it focuses on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory. Concise, practical guides that make it easier to Do stuff.

A royalty of 5% from the proceeds of each sale will go back into the Do Lectures to help it achieve its aim of making positive change.

We launched the series with our first five books in May 2013 and published four more a year later. We now have 14 books in the series - and counting! We hope you like them.

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Gather Outdoors curate a range of outstanding designers, makers and brands. Not your ordinary outdoor outfitters, they feature stylish, functional and sustainable products. The Gather spark was lit and fanned by the Do Lectures, finally crackling into life in late 2015. Their mission is to help folk get more from the outdoors, without exploiting people or planet. They have some novel twists on the sharing economy to help buy better stuff. As well as gifts for outdoor lovers, their Do Market stall launches a new subscription service: Adventurous Ink. Made by and for creative adventurers, it features books, art prints and magazines. It's all the outdoor inspiration your New Year needs.

gatheroutdoors.co.uk

 

 

Hand-printed Christmas cards and original prints.

 

Hannah Cousins is a Bristol-based printmaker whose work explores the connection between journey, place and human experience. Working in the medium of linocut, her recent pieces speak of the emotional and physical recollections of a walking journey around New York City.

Cousins graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012. Her first solo exhibition was held at Cob Gallery, London in 2015. Her lino prints have also featured in group exhibitions including the International Print Biennale at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne. She has created linocut illustrations for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and Warner Bros UK.

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Hatchet + Bear products are made in England by EJ Osborne.

After studying Arboriculture with the Royal Forestry Society and Product Design at university, EJ's work began to focus on heritage crafts and British woodland culture.

Known for using the unusual and difficult sections of storm-damaged trees, EJ uses simple tools and traditional methods - with a selection of locally foraged wood and raw materials, to make products that withstand the test of time, while becoming more beautiful with age and use.

Hatchet + Bear products are currently available from a selection of small, independent UK retailers as well as some faraway places - such as The Conran Shop, Tokyo.

instagram.com/hatchetandbear

 
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Our town is going to make jeans again

 

Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades.


Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do.


That’s why we have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into our town.

As one of the Grand Masters said to me when I was interviewing: “This is what I know how to do. This is what I do best.” I just sat there thinking I have to make this work.

So yes, our town is going to make jeans again.

Here goes.

hiutdenim.co.uk

 

 

Of nature not against it. The best merino mountain shirt in the world.

 

The McNair Mountain Shirt is made from merino wool, carefully processed to improve thermal efficiency and weather resistance. Teamed with a merino base layer it replaces an outer shell on most days – until you try it as a jacket, you won’t believe how effective it is. And on the fiercest days just add a thin shell over the top.

It is different from anything else out there, it’s also kind of an obvious, natural solution. It is made properly in Huddersfield which is world-renowned for its woollen industry, and all the work to the fabric; the weaving, milling, raising and steaming is done within 10 miles of where we make the shirt.

A traditional and principled approach to manufacturing in Britain and one simple aim. Make the best mountain shirt in the world.

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Melrose and Morgan is a grocery shop and kitchen providing freshly prepared food and artisan products and ingredients from our two shops in Primrose Hill and Hampstead Village, London.

We care about the quality of our food and we pay particular attention to its preparation. That’s why half the food you find in our shops is made by our in-house team of chefs. We do not ‘manufacture’ – everything is made by hand in small batches by people who really care about food. 

For us, local shops should be at the heart of the community. We are committed to championing small-scale artisan producers through our shops. 

We are proud of being grocers and we hope that our years of knowledge and experience help us bring the best quality, value and above all flavour to everything we do.

We’re looking forward to being part of the Do Market where we’ll have a limited range of our goods available: Christmas puddings, mince pies and Stollen! 

melroseandmorgan.com

 

We believe that using less makes for more.

 

We’re a small team, based on a farm in the English Lake District. We make sustainable bags for the conscious traveller, the deep-thinker, and for personal journeys across the globe. We believe that using less makes for more – carrying only what you need frees you up to experience more in our global landscape.

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Extending the life of our garments is the single most important thing we can do to lower our impact on the planet

 
 

Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $70 million in grants and in-kind donations to date. 

This year Patagonia launched a more than 50 stops, five-country European mission to encourage customers to make their clothes last a lifetime (regardless of brand). At each stop, they will be offering free repairs on busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons, pulls and more – in addition to teaching people how to fix their own gear. We're excited that Patagonia's Worn Wear repair booth will be part of this year's Do Market.

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Anja Dunk grew up in the Welsh countryside where homegrown produce and wild foraging were part of daily life. Here began her love for preserving. She now lives with her young family just outside London where she is a caterer and freelance cook. She is the co-author of Do Preserve: Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials (Do Books, 2016)

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Sal's Shoes will be collecting your children's pre-loved, outgrown but not outworn, shoes at the Do Market.

Please take the time to rubber band them in pairs, ensure they have laces if they need them and with their new owners in mind, give them a quick clean (no mud!).

We'll let you know where they find their new feet 👣

salsshoes.com

 

A beautiful, unique and sustainable composite material made from wool.

 

Inspired to bring some manufacturing back to their hometown of Buckfastleigh, an ancient woollen town in South West England, Solidwool have created a new way of working with wool.

They use the coarse wool from the iconic Herdwick sheep of the Lake District, historically used in the UK carpet industry. Demand for this wool is in decline and is considered almost worthless, a by-product of sheep farming. The wool is combined with bio-resin in a unique process they have developed. The resulting material can be thought of as similar to fibreglass. 

With this material they have designed and manufactured the Hembury Collection. A range of beautiful, classic furniture, designed to last and made to cherish. In addition to their own collection, they also collaborate with other companies who see a use for Solidwool in their range.

solidwool.com

 
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Behind STRANGE is Bristol-based married couple Jane and Gavin Strange. Together, jewellery designer Jane and graphic designer Gavin, wanted to build a contemporary company creating and selling beautiful products.

From homeware to jewellery to stationery, the products offer a wide-range of styles, reflecting their combined tastes. The items are hand-picked from a selection of their favourite independent makers, as well as creating their own STRANGE collections.

With their beloved greyhound Arnie as their icon, Jane and Gavin want to create something honest, personal and beautiful. A celebration of craft and creativity.

strangebristol.com

 
 

Sugru is the extraordinary new mouldable glue designed for fixing, making and improving your stuff. 

It’s the only glue on the planet that sticks to almost anything, moulds like play-dough, then cures overnight into a durable silicone rubber.

Once it’s cured, Sugru has some pretty amazing properties, making it perfect for use everywhere – from your home to the great outdoors. Sugru’s unique, patented formula has earned it dozens of awards and global scientific recognition. It’s used by loads of clever people from engineers in international space programmes to Himalayan explorers to our uncle Barry.

 Sugru was invented, and the company founded by Jane ní Dhulchaointigh. You can listen to her 2012 Do Lecture here.

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Ideas + Energy = Change

 

In 2008, The DO Lectures was born, in an inexplicable cross section between a festival and a conference. There were no name badges, no bad coffee and impersonal, draughty lecture halls. Instead, an intimate number of speakers and attendees gathered under canvas on the west coast of Wales and shared the whole three day experience as a community. They ate together, camped together, shared a beer around a fire as the sun went down. That intangible but very real spirit is kinda what makes us different from everything else. The solidarity of it all.

thedolectures.com