Category Archives: Jewellery

Esther Perbandt

Esther Perbandt grew up in West Berlin, was hardened by an artist in Moscow and polished in Paris.  Whilst in France she finished a European master in fashion and textile design, as well as a postgraduate study at the Institut Francais de la Mode, and worked in the design team at Chacok. Finally in 2004 she went back to Berlin to start up her own label, Esther Perbandt.

Her collections are androgynous, mixing gorgeous feminine draping and prints (lots of tie dye that is constantly growing on me) on stylishly tailored male silhouettes. She also has an accessories range which features several sleek, art inspired bags, as well as other pieces, that became an independently successful accessory label. Both lines are available around the world, but not yet in the UK, so if you see it on holiday this year grab it whilst you can!

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Tatty Devine Mini Instore Festival

Love jewellery? Love Tatty Devine? Love discount? Love complimentary drinks? Love music? Love frocks? Love festivals? You should probably attend this, I think the flyer says it all!

 

Love Leluu

We all know that I am some what of a Carnaby Street fan, and one area in particular that I love is Kingly Court, filled full of amazing shops that stock unusual finds and gorgeous one off pieces. Unfortunately, with a whole host of large stores opening in Carnaby Street, Kingly Court has somewhat been over shadowed, lost between Henri Lloyd and Ben Sherman, which has seriously affected the small boutiques housed there.

One of my favourite Kingly Court boutique’s Love Leluu is closing down, and having a rather large sale in the process, with pieces down to £25!! Their range of gorgeously unique designs are not to be missed out on, and neither is their hand made jewellery, so I strongly advise you to pay them a visit before they close in September. Clothing, accessories, jewellery, shoes, gifts and tea, you’ll regret it if you don’t!

Lavender/Room

Brighton based boutique Lavender/Room, was started in 2003 by friends Nicky Sanderson and Jenny Atherton, as quickly became a “must-see” shop in Brighton. Selling gorgeous jewellery, bags and shoes, as well as beauty and home accessories, their products vary from being incredibly pretty to amazingly cool. So, if you’d love a three tier delicate leaf necklace, or a Grazia featured red patent leather Mac book case, you’re sure to find something. Also, their gift section is the perfect place to find something for the person who has everything on your budget, or just to buy yourself a gift on a budget!

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Stolen Thunder

Growing up in Derbyshire I can not recall anything amazing ever emerging from there on the fashion front, which is why I was pleasently suprised to come across Stolen Thunder, an independent jewellery project which started in 2007. The brains behind the brand are Alice and Joy, who aim to create fun and beautiful accessories, with love and identity.

Each piece of jewellery from Stolen Thunder is handmade, usually from wood, leather, acrylic or chains, resulting in stylish but fun accessories. The range includes necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings and earrings, in the form of Russian dolls, fawns and umbrellas to name a few, though my absolute favourite pieces have to be the gorgeous wooden charms. After only 3 years Stolen Thunder are already being stocked in 40 boutiques across the UK, Ireland and USA, as well as being featured in a number of magazines, with new innovative designs each season, so expect them to be around for a while!

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Dogeared: Sex and the City Line

Like the majority of the female population, About your Dress can’t wait for Sex and the City 2 to hit cinemas, especially after the full length trailer was released this week. I am also especially excited about jewellery brand Dogeared releasing a special line of Sex and the City inspired necklaces to celebrate the occasion. All of the pieces are presented in their usual fabulous manner, on a special Sex and the City card, in a beautiful gift box.

Eight of the necklaces feature one charm, each in silver and gold, and Dogeared have chosen charms which capsulate Sex and the City perfectly, including a stiletto, diamond and cocktail. In addition this these they have created a gorgeous cluster necklace also available in gold and silver featuring a heart, stiletto,  pearl and the Eiffel Tower on a loop. The line goes on sale on Tuesday 13th April, but you can join the waiting list now to make sure you get yours first.

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Blac Design

Manchester based jewellery designers Ciara Clark and Hannah Lindholm started making jewellery together about two years ago, and it wasn’t long before they had set up Blac Design. Ciara took a job in a shop to cover the cost of materials, and they sold most of their jewellery at market stalls. Eventually, they contacted charity NoiseLab, who specialise in supporting young artists, and it wasn’t long before their jewellery was on display in a NoiseLab pop up shop in Manchester.

Blac jewellery is very edgy and truly unique, featuring lots of stones, feathers, metals, art deco and chains. Many of the pieces vary a lot from each other, with each piece being handmade they do not need to stick to a pattern, which makes for more interesting jewellery. Also, due to the size of their business, Ciara and Hannah can do bespoke designs, if you want something just for you.

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Alex and Chloe

The second of the jewellery brands that has recently caught About your Dress’ eye, is Alex & Chloe. Since their debut collection “From our Neck of the Woods” in 2004, the LA based brand have been gaining popularity, developing a dedicated following on both a local and international level. Their pieces are a mixture of couture and contemporary, original and imaginative work, often giving a gothic feel, with a quirky edge. Alex & Chloe’s designs incorporate many items such as chains, studs, crosses, keys and wings, in dark brassy colours and shiny metals, and are so gorgeous you’ll never want to take them off.

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Les Néréides

As a huge fan of costume jewellery About your Dress was ecstatic to find out about French jewellery label Les Néréides, started by designers Pascale and Enzo Amaddeo 30 years ago. Unlike many costume jewellery brands that have popped up in recent years offering you a quick fashion fix, Les Néréides offers gorgeously elegant luxury pieces that were built to last. Their collections are formed from creativity and diversity, as well as beautiful materials, creating pieces that you will want to keep forever.

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Lucy Hutchings

Lucy Hutchings grew up in Suffolk, developing a natural fascination with raw materials and manipulating them into something beautiful, which led her to the University of Brighton to study materials. After graduation she became noticed very rapidly, having early success with her designs, which lead her to an opening Erickson Beamon’s prestigious London studios. Today her designs are bold and elegant, a perfect figure of show shopping statement jewellery.

Her Spring Summer 10 collection will be Lucy’s fourth, which combines past techniques with new innovative ideas. Her inspiration comes from juxtaposed areas, such as East London architecture, the beauty of geisha’s and The Wizard of Oz. The result of this is beautiful stones caged in metal boxes, and tassels hanging from lightweight chains, amongst other truly striking pieces. Lucy Hutchings jewellery only needs to be worn over plain garments to be rightly appreciated, but they would look great with other outfits too!

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