With new brands cropping up every week, it can be hard to keep up with who’s doing what. From  sustainable luggage through to industrial furniture, OPUMO stocks brands to watch through every discipline, and they’re all linked by one thing: a focus on great design. 

If you’re on the look out for emerging brands with a focus on design and sustainable production, or interested in what new releases are on the market, you’re in the right place. Here are our brands of the week.

Brands of the week:

POLKRA

POLKRA is a forward-thinking homeware brand looking to do things slightly differently. Managing every level of its process from sourcing to production and distribution, POLKRA is known for its highly individual take on home accessories from towel sets to candles and even matchboxes.

Its latest collection of tea towels feature unique prints by artists including Julianna Byrne and Sainte Maria and are well worth a look if you want to spruce up your kitchen. 


  1. Blue Hawthon Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £360
  2. Grey Glass Pitcher
    £45
  3. Red Cedar Handwoven Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  4. Osier Handwoven Cotton Rug
    £550
  5. Snapdragon iKat Silk Cushion Cover
    £55
  6. Bee Balm iKat Velvet Cushion Cover
    £70
  7. Lupin iKat Silk Cushion Cover
    £70
  8. Soft Blue Linden Cushion
    £55
  9. Pink Hemlock Cushion
    £55
  10. Blue Aspen Cotton Dhurrie Large Floor Cushion
    £95
  11. Yew Handwoven Cotton Rug
    £550
  12. Calypso Rose 100% Coconut & Bees Wax Candle
    £49
  13. Blue Handwoven Buckthorn Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  14. Blue Maple Cushion
    £55
  15. Linden Handwoven Cotton Rug
    From £300

Ucon Acrobatics

Noted for its minimal designs and high quality construction, Ucon Acrobatics produces some of the finest bags around. From simple roll-top backpacks through to cross body bags, the Berlin-based brand is known for using sustainable fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, which give its products an ethical as well as aesthetic edge. 


  1. Also Paris Print
    From £31
  2. Khaki Cropped Trousers
    £85
  3. Dusty Blue Half-Zip Sweater
    £95
  4. Esker Green Medium Blok Backpack
    £154
  5. Light Yellow Flannel Shirt
    £62
  6. CQP
    Classic Play Atrium Sneakers
    £295
  7. Stained Black Kanso Tray Table
    £365
  8. Black Chee Chair
    £225
  9. Army / Black M/S Backpack
    £421

Peytil 

Characterised by its simple line drawings and stark use of space and colour, Peytil artworks are incredibly easy to incorporate into virtually any room. Artist Eitil Thorén Due founded Peytil out of Stockholm, as a creative outlet he felt was lacking from his day to day work. Peytil has gone from strength to strength, with a number of limited editions pieces among its highlights today. 



Maze

Founded in 2003, Maze has prided itself on producing minimal yet functional designs made to improve the home. The Swedish brand collaborates with local craftspeople, meaning all production of its furniture takes place in Sweden. As a result the brand is able to take quality control to the next level, while ensuring its slow production has a minimal affect on the environment. 


  1. Black / Cognac Nancy Bench
    £805
  2. Black / Cognac Anyone Stool
    £269
  3. Brass Matte Now Magazine Rack
    £116
  4. White Bill Horizontal Coat Hanger
    £89
  5. White In The Neighbourhood Magazine Rack
    £107
  6. White Pythagoras XS Shelf
    £44
  7. Black City Sunday Magazine Rack
    £125
  8. White Now S Wire Storage
    £53
  9. Black In the Neighbourhood Magazine Rack
    £107
  10. White City Sunday Magazine Rack
    £125
  11. Black Pythagoras XS Shelf
    £44

House Babylon

As we spend more time at home, our attentions have turned to improving our living space. And what better place to start than with bedding? House Babylon specialises in producing exemplary bedding made from ethical cotton and linen in colours that are incredibly easy to blend in to a variety of interior designs. 


  1. Ruthenium Nut Pendant
    £75
  2. Gentle Moisturizing Shampoo
    £10
  3. White Cotton Paper Wall Clock
    £240
  4. Marine Blue LT 01 Sneakers
    £225
  5. White Double Moon Sculpture
    £325
  6. Camel Linen Knit T Shirt
    £80
  7. Black / Multi Track Line Quarter-Zip Pullover
    £155
  8. Stone White Less, But Better T Shirt
    £29
  9. Moss Supima Essential T Shirt
    £30

Carl Friedrik 

Starting out in the world of luxury luggage, Carl Friedrik has made a name for itself by crafting beautifully made, well executed leather bags the likes of backpacks and briefcases. The brand’s recent venture into desk accessories sets it apart though. Look out for its valet tray, mouse pad and desk mat, which are all made from the finest vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather and each come with a lifetime warranty.  


  1. Black 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  2. Black / Grey Palissy Double Briefcase
    £525
  3. Cognac 12" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  4. Cognac / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  5. Black / Grey Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  6. Navy / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  7. Black 11" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  8. Cognac / Grey Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  9. Cognac / Red Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  10. Black / Grey Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  11. Black / Grey Palissy Weekend Bag
    £525
  12. Chocolate 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129

Industville 

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s lighting, there are few brands better to turn to than Industville. Based in London, Industville puts an industrial spin on everything it does, from pewter pendant lights to swan neck caged wall lights. The prices of its designs are surprisingly affordable too, making them an ideal option for those looking for exceptional attention to detail at wallet-friendly prices. 


  1. Copper Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Globe Pendant Lamp
    £75
  2. 8" Pewter Brooklyn Umbrella Pendant Lamp
    £69
  3. 12" Bras Brooklyn Cone Pendant Lamp
    £69
  4. Brass Globe Collection Pendant Lamp
    From £69
  5. Pewter Vintage Cage Wire Pendant
    £39
  6. Pewter Harbour Outdoor / Bathroom 6" Wall Light
    £129
  7. 12" Pewter Brooklyn Cone Flush Mount Light
    £69
  8. Ribbed Glass Brooklyn Antique 12" Dome Pendant
    From £84
  9. Copper Vintage Sleek Edison Wire Pendant
    £29
  10. Brass Vintage Sleek Edison Cone Pendant
    £69
  11. 13" Brooklyn Dome Pendant Lamp
    £69
  12. Pewter Swan Neck Wall Light
    £35
  13. Copper Vintage Sleek Edison Wall Light
    £29
  14. Wood / Metal Turner Adjustable Bar Stool
    £99 £59
  15. Pewter Vintage Sleek Edison Cone Pendant
    £69

In case you missed last week's Brands to Watch, click here.