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  • Bark Jewels - Coming Soon

    Bark Jewels

    We spotted BARK Jewels at London Fashion Week earlier this year, and we're pleased to announce that we'll be stocking their beautiful jewellery from July.

    BARK is a British made jewellery brand created by Miwako Yoshioka who was born in Japan and raised in Europe. She has always had a passion for working with her hands and creating beautiful little things, so it was only natural that she went on train herself as a jewellery designer. Miwako studied jewellery and silversmithing at Sir John Cass University in London. After completing her studies, she showed her first official collection at Paris fashion week in 2005.

    Miwako’s collections encompass different themes every season and nostalgic quality is a consistent feature. She often takes inspirations from childhood memories and quirky little objects that she is drawn to on the streets of London. Carefully chosen materials such as 1920’s buttons and beads, heart/star shaped semi-precious beads are also beautiful features of her collection, making it absolutely unique and desirable.

    Being a trained jeweller, quality and craftsmanship to her are as important as good design. Every single piece is meticulously hand-crafted in her London workshop; keeping it from becoming a mass-produced object and highlighting the delicates and intimacy of each piece.

    Having come a long way since her early days of toying with the dream of creating beautiful things, Miwako has turned her passion in to a career and continues to be excited by her creations, still involving herself 100% in the production of her jewellery.

  • London Fashion Week Round Up - AW11 Jewellery

    Here's our report from London Fashion Week on the new? jewellery collections heading our way this autumn.

    Alex Monroe

    The AW11 Alex Monroe jewellery collection embodies 1950's glamour. Called 'Chrysanthemum', it combines shimmering pearls with delicate hand crafted flowers. Our favourites are the flower stud earrings below, that also come in a pretty pearl centred version.

    Chrysanthemum by Alex Monroe

    Chrysanthemum

    Lola Rose

    Lola Rose has some stunning new styles in fabulous new semi precious stones. Rich colours of black cherry quartzite, iris quartzite, lily quartzite, peacock quartzite and dumorterite appear on new jewellery styles that are faceted for seasonal glamour. The classic Lola Rose heart appears on bracelets, necklaces and stretch rings to tactile tumble bracelets designed for layering.

    Jacey Withers

    'Adornithology' is the name of the new Jacey Withers AW11 collection. It's an enchanting collection of unique handcrafted pieces heavily inspired by the beautiful white barn owl, one of England's most captivating birds. Fascinated by this creature, Jacey has created a delightful story surrounding the life of this bird, the mythology and superstition surrounding it as well as its wildlife companions, some even being its prey. Within the collection we discover adorable, inquisitive mice climbing on necklaces and bracelets. Striking owls sit on chains showing the amazing pattern of their wings.

    We love the bracelet!

    We

    Adornithology by Jacey Withers

    Adornithology

    Tatty Devine

    Finders keepers...come foraging with Tatty Devine. The forest is rich with acorns, blackberries and seeds, all transformed into jewellery in new matt frosted perspex. Crown yourself with ivy wreaths in translucent green and charcoal black. Spot a fox slipping through the undergrowth, or an owl disappearing through the trees. Go exploring dressed in colourful perspex patchwork in oranges and creams or dazzling peacock shades of mirror.

    Fiona Paxton

    'A collection inspired by the ancients' is the tag line for Fiona Paxton's AW11 season.? Influences are the bronze age, the Kings and Queens of the Celts, Mycenaean culture, hammered metals, matt stones, arrowheads, wrapped wire, draping chains and beaten curved metal discs.? Styles are bold, strong shapes contrasted with areas of refined detailing created by Fiona Paxton in her signature style, mixing metals with leather and beading.

    Fiona Paxton AW11 - Necklace 'Chala', Earrings 'Tulsa'

    Fiona

    Les Nereides

    We have two new collections arriving in autumn from French brand Les Nereides. 'Dans la For?t' (translation: 'In the Forest') has gold plated woodland creatures featuring on necklaces and earrings. 'Sous la Glycine' ('Under the Wisteria') oozes classic Les Nereides' detailing with tiny perched birds and hand enamelled flowers featuring on stackable rings, looped necklaces and dramatic drop earrings.

    Dans la Foret

    Dans

    Sous la Glycine

    Sous

  • Busy, Busy, Busy...

    There are a number of reasons why the blog has been quiet this week...

    Firstly, London Fashion Week - I was there placing orders for some stunning and incredibly exciting AW11 (yes, already) collections. More info on these to follow.

    New Cath Kidston jewellery has just gone online. Loving the new botanical charm pieces.

    Our Alex Monroe Daisy Bell collection arrived with us on Monday. So we're busy photographing the new lines and should have it all online hopefully by close of play tomorrow.

    Lastly, we have a huge Dogeared jewellery order on the way to us from L.A. This will include the new SS11 collection that you can preview on our Facebook page. We should have this online by the end of the week.

    So until next time, here's a preview of one of my favourite pieces from the new Alex Monroe collection. Beautiful, yes?

    Alex Monroe Daisy Earrings

    Alex

  • Jacey Withers AW10 Preview

    As the arrival of our Jacey Withers jewellery collection gets closer, I thought I'd give you a little taster of the AW10 collection.

    Mythology, elements of the supernatural and the magic of the animal kingdom inspire Jacey's unique signature style. For AW10 he was particularly inspired by the the spirit of North American legend and the concept of the hunter and the hunted. In this exciting new range we encounter the elements and experience the call of the wild.

    Jacey Withers Stag Necklace

    Jacey

    For AW10 we will also be stocking some of Jacey's sell out pieces from previous collections including the stunning stingray necklace, fox bracelet and cutlass necklace.

    Jacey Withers’ ethereal jewellery is bold in design with a highly sophisticated use of colourful semi-precious stones. Withers’ unusual work has won him international acclaim, a high profile customer base and features in publications including Vogue, Italian Vogue and Elle.

    Jacey Withers Fox Necklace

    Jacey

  • Introducing Jacey Withers Jewellery

    Jacey Withers

    We'll soon have the AW10 collection arriving from our newest jewellery designer Jacey Withers. Those of you who read my blog post from London Fashion Week back in February will have an idea of what's to come from this talented British designer. Before Jacey's jewellery hits our website I thought it would be good to give you a bit of background on him. We'll also be interviewing Jacey soon, so let us know if there's anything you'd like to ask.

    Jacey’s signature style has been firmly established. It is one which includes elements of the macabre dabbling in folklore, mythology and fairytales but always retaining his feminine aesthetic. It's this innovative approach that has won him the support of a large celebrity fan base including Alison Goldfrapp, Dannii Minogue, Sugababes, Kelis and The Darkness.

    Jacey combines an eclectic mix of materials to create each collection. Sterling silver is the predominant material with the uses of leather, rope and ribbon alongside Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and a variety of stones that provide his jewellery with its distinctive edge. Unique components are designed and cast in keeping with each seasonal theme. Mermaids, were-wolves, puppets and knights in shining armour for example are all familiar in previous collections.

    Jacey's Coveted Fox Bracelet

    Jacey's

    Born in Northampton in June 1976 and raised in Devon, Jacey has crafted jewellery pieces since the age of twelve. He completed an Art Foundation at Exeter College of Art and design and went on to Berkshire College to study fashion and accessories. It was here that he realised jewellery was his one true vocation. He released his debut collection in September 2000.

    With collaborations alongside Marcus Luptfer and Levis under his belt, as well as designing this years Fashion Fringe trophy and the addition of a full men’s line to the collection this season it would seem that the Jacey Withers' story is set to continue.

    We can't wait to get a little piece of Jacey on our website too!

  • Four Sided Constellation by Fiona Paxton

    Geometric patterning is the inspiration for the new collection of Fiona Paxton jewellery arriving in about a month's time.

    Ulrika Necklace with Jean Cuff in Gold

    Ulrika

    Fiona Paxton trained at the Royal College of Art and has worked in New York, London and Bangkok designing prints and embroideries for various fashion houses and retailers including Michiko Koshino, Chloe, Armani and Moschino. Whilst working Fiona became more and more inspired by the artisan techniques of the embroidery craftsmen of India. She decided to develop a range of her own designer jewellery pieces that are all hand embroidered using these ancient techniques. Each jewellery piece is a tightly patterned beaded mosaic of glistening strands of silver and gold coloured chains and beads. Intricate beadworks create fluid necklaces that drape flat to the body languid and snake like.

    Holly Necklace in Silver with Shirley Cuff

    Holly

    This season the geometry has moved into a three dimensional format. Sketchbooks were filled with photos of satellites tracing planets through space, black holes and futuristic utopias of modern living. Diagrammatic, algebraic equations that make sense of the complex natural world around us became inspirational. Exaggerated architectural forms added further inspiration to the new collection.

    Trent Chain Drape Necklace in Silver/Oxidised

    Trent

    Bright iridescent Swarovski jewels add brighter metal tones add to the futuristic modern feel of the pieces.? Hand beading remains an important part of the collection.? It is a unique fusion of an ancient Eastern beading technique and modern design. Flat beading is wrapped around exaggerated geometric shapes to create multi dimensional jewellery. Cast metal overblown studs in geometric shapes are decorated with faceted jewels which add extra dimensions.? Signature chain fringing and looping remain an important part of the collection. Dark navies and khaki olives create a dramatic backdrop to the mix of golds, silver and the metallic mix of studs, beads, chains and stones.

    Shirley cuff with hand beading and oversized jewels

    Shirley

  • London Fashion Week February 2010

    I was at London Fashion Week yesterday to place orders for our autumn/winter 2010 collections (I still can't get used to writing '2010', maybe I'll be used to it by the end of the year?). It was another typically hectic day that kicked off with my first appointment at Butler & Wilson. I love placing orders with B&W.? Everything is so sparkly and tempting - if I wasn't careful then the magpie in me would be buying everything in the shop. This season they've got some really outstanding items including jewelled goldfish cuffs, graduated crystal earrings and some ornate bridal headdresses. We'll have these items online in the next few months so keep an eye out for them. While I was there I treated myself to a rather sparkly, rather beautiful and rather expensive iPhone cover...you can see a photo of it here. I'm feeling a little guilty about buying it now...but it's so pretty and sparkly...

    Inside Butler & Wilson's South Molton St shop

    Inside

    After my 'shopping spree' in B&W I was in a cab heading over to LFW at Somerset House. Why they continue to use this venue I do not know - it's an impressive venue, but it's terrible to walk around as a buyer, because the designers are hidden away in various nooks and crannies of the building which covers quite a large area. Trying to find them all must have added at least half an hour to my visit which isn't great when you're on a tight schedule. Bring back LFW at the Natural History Museum.? When I'd finally found where to register and woven my way through a few corridors I found the stand for one of our favourite designers Alex Monroe.

    Alex's new collection is entitled "The Peacock and the Crow". This new collection comprises of detailed gold plated peacock feathers with semi precious gems? and stunning Ruthenium plated crow feathers that have an almost iridescent sheen to them (think of the colours you can see in a black magpie feather). We'll have this collection in June - I think I'll be treating myself to one of the feather necklaces when it arrives.

    Alex Monroe's Peacock and the Crow Collection

    Alex

    Then it was on to the Tatty Devine stand where I placed an order from their autumn/winter collection "The age of the blazing trails". Tatty Devine turn ten this year, and they're taking inspiration from women who set the world alight. Unfortunately I can't share photographs of the new collection with you just yet, but I can tell you to expect pieces comprising of pearls and crystals, pocket watches and some bright colourful pieces too. This collection should be arriving in late August. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page as soon as we can share them with you.

    I then went to see the hugely talented Fiona Paxton who had very kindly managed to grab me a much needed glass of champagne (this job does sometimes have its perks). For AW10, Fiona has created a collection entited "Four-Sided Constellation" with some detailed statement necklaces and cuffs with geometric patterning. My favourite was the drape necklace you can see in the top right of the photo below.

    Fiona Paxton at London Fashion Week

    Fiona

    A new designer that we'll be introducing to the site for autumn is the very lovely Jacey Withers. I've been admiring Jacey's designs from afar for a while now, so I couldn't resist placing an order. I love the new treasure chest locket we'll be stocking - it's a little chest that opens and spills out treasure. There are also some beautifully detailed raccoon pieces too - see the photos below for a sneak preview.

    Jacey Withers

    Jacey

    The Jacey Withers raccoon necklace - look at his tail!

    The

    My final stop at LFW was Lola Rose. The AW10 collection has a beautiful collection of new stones and some fantastic new styles. I loved their new longer beaded necklaces and have ordered some for autumn - expect long necklaces with simple strands of beads, some faceted heart necklaces in a brand new shape and chunky rings.

    New Lola Rose for Autumn

    New

    Lola Rose Rings Galore

    Lola

    I'd now finished at LFW, but I still had one more appointment at the May Fair Hotel to keep. I was pretty much dead on my feet at this point, having drunk only champagne and water since breakfast (not as glamorous as it sounds when your head is spinning), so it was great to sit down and relax while I ordered some new pieces from two brand new designers Lenora Dame and Kirstin Ash.

    Lenora Dame is an American designer who creates jewellery pieces with combinations of old and new materials, wood, glass, textiles, found objects, lucite, paper and twine. Her eclectic creations have been worn by celebrities including Katie Perry and America Ferrera. Here's a little preview of things to come:

    Lenora Dame Alphabet Bracelet

    Lenora

    If you love all things birdy then you'll love our second new designer Kirstin Ash. Her jewellery is handmade in Sydney, Australia. Antique finishes, quirky animals and playful silhouettes form her signature style. Each collection has a story of its own but draws from a common inspiration of vintage curios, ordinary and obscure objects, children's books and Paris. Again, here's a little taster:

    Kirstin Ash Hummingbird Pendant

    Kirstin

    We will keep you updated as to when these two new designers will be arriving, so keep an eye on the blog.

    A little exhausted, I headed back to Euston to catch the 7pm train back to Liverpool. The end of a long but exciting day!

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