Starbucks UK partners with local artists to give customers customised reusables this Valentine’s Day


As part of Starbucks mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup, and one neighbourhood at a time, last weekend, Starbucks UK offered customers the chance to get their hands on a limited-edition illustrated reusable cup, decorated in-store by three local artists.

Building on momentum from previous Valentine’s Days, where during the pandemic customers could gift their loved ones a coffee with a bespoke message written especially for them on the cup, ordering via Starbucks delivers. This year, the celebratory messages have been amped up even further allowing customers to get their hands on special cups with the same celebratory messages but designed by talented local artists.

In London, Manchester, and Edinburgh, on Saturday 11 February, customers were invited to visit three stores across the UK to get their hands on the coveted cups.

The three artists Starbucks worked with to create the designs for customers were: Bee Illustrates (London), Pypah Santos (Manchester), and Katie Smith (Edinburgh).

Bee Illustrates (they/them), London

Illustrator Bee Illustrates’ thoughtful designs focused on the importance of self-love to spread positivity – celebrates love in all its forms

Katie Smith (she/her), Edinburgh

Illustrator Katie Smith used positive messaging to allow the recipient to feel uplifted and empowered every time they pick up their cup, and remember to feel love or be loved

Pypah Santos (she/her), Manchester

Illustrator Pypah Santos’ created an artwork that symbolises love and joy

See below for a gallery of some of the beautiful cups that customers were able to get their hands on!