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  • Five gifts from local brands your Dad will love!

    Without a doubt, the greatest gift you can give to the Big Man in your life is your time and attention, but sometimes a small and thoughtful gift can go a long way in making him feel extra special.

    With this sentiment in mind, il-lokal prepared 5 Father's Day gifts ideas that do good by supporting small Maltese brands and don't fall short on cool either.

  • We reached 1000+ Followers on Instagram: Thanks to you!

    We are blown away by the support and love we receive from our Instagram followers. Thank you for being with us and endorsing our mission through the constant tagging, commenting, liking and sharing of our posts. We are truly proud to see so many of you appreciate Maltese and Malta-based creatives.

    Let's keep it going and celebrate!

  • Ready to Edit? Slow fashion with Shannon Briffa

    5 years ago, Shannon ditched fast fashion in favour of a more sustainable approach towards clothing. As she walked me through her wardrobe, I learned about identifying my individual style, making the most out of what I already own and making sure that what I buy in the future will be worth the purchase. Everything in her wardrobe shows that there are so many simple things all of us can do in order to “buy less, choose well, make it last,” as Dame Vivienne Westwood would say.

     

    Story by Manuela Zammit

  • Mother's Day Gifts From Maltese Designers

    Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show how much you appreciate your mom (or any other mom) with a thoughtfully chosen gift. 

    It’s also the perfect time to support independent designers, retailers, and makers. Not only will you surprise your mom with something unique and carefully crafted, you’ll also be helping local creatives across the nation when it’s most needed. 

    If you don't have the perfect gift yet, here are a few affordable Mom-worthy gift suggestions from small Maltese brands we love.  

  • To launch or not to launch? That is the question.

    Businesses that were on the verge of opening pre-pandemic are facing difficult questions. While it’s time to reflect, it’s also the time to sidestep fear.
  • #whomademyclothes and other questions we're asking this Fashion Revolution Week

    Every April for a week, Fashion Revolution intensifies its year-round campaigning for a more sustainable fashion industry. This year, the revolution is inviting us to ask brands #whomademyclothes and #whatsinmyclothes in an effort to raise awareness about the true human and environmental cost of fashion. Informing ourselves is the first step; there are so many ways (most of them surprisingly simple) how we can take action that brings about real change. 

  • In the spirit of collaboration: what happens when creatives team up

    il-lokal spoke with Maltese illustrator Zack Ritchie about how a prickly pear called Beppe took its creator on a collaborative journey that stuck but didn’t sting. For Zack and those who participated in The Beppe Collaboration, a meeting of minds and creative practices led to a fruitful experience.
  • il-lokal guide to free online services to help you cure your lockdown blues

    In response to the outbreak, many companies around the world have started offering freebies or suspending fees for their usually paid services to help us pull through these uncertain times without losing our sanity. il-lokal gathered some of the coolest initiatives launched by Maltese designers as well as globally-accessible digital resources to help you cure your lockdown blues without spending a dime.