Archive for May, 2014

5 Mins With New British Jewellery Brand to Family: Nikki Stark

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I make understated, chic precious metal jewellery, using traditional techniques. My design style is elegant and simple, with the occasional whimsical edge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

A lot of my work is quite abstract, and people often have different interpretations of the pieces. People have told me my Anastasia charms remind them of pendulums, sweets and Christmas baubles. On one occasion a girl in a market told me they reminded her of spinning tops in the Istanbul market her father had taken her to as a child, such a beautiful image. I love that people bring their own stories to the pieces. The other thing people comment on is the delicacy of my work.

What is your background?

I have made jewellery in various forms since I was really young. I started weekend classes nearly 10 years ago now, and have developed my practical skills, and my own style. The business side doesn’t come easily, but I’m slowly developing the brand.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love Caitlin Mociun, a New York based designer who makes gorgeous delicate sparkly jewellery. She uses a lot of stone setting techniques I would say as a general rule I don’t like, but her interpretation is very contemporary.

Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

I make all my own work, and a lot of my designs come out of experiments. My process also quite often takes me in directions I don’t expect. Some ideas take shape quickly, and some take years before I am really happy with the result. Because I make my own work the production process is ongoing, and each piece is unique.

How do you think your brand has developed?

I went to New York last summer, and completely fell in love with the trend for stacking up loads of cute skinny little rings. I’ve always loved rings but at the moment they have almost completely taken over my collection.

What do you hate most about your job?

There can be a lot of admin to do, which isn’t very interesting. My favourite part really is being at my bench making jewellery. (more...)

5 Mins With New Jewellery Brand to Family: Azkiza

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I'm a jewellery designer based in London. My premier collection is inspired by Mesopotamia, but I like to take in creative direction from widespread influences such as contemporary culture, art, music, history and tradition, ancient and modern symbolism, and worldwide travel. My design style and ethos is to bring together traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques, styles and materials; resulting in a futuristic neo-classical look, that can fit seamlessly into any wardrobe.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Glam, chic, edgy, classic and unique.

What is your background?

I grew up in Istanbul, and studied tourism and business management at university. Whilst working as a columnist for a well known food and travel magazine, I decided to study some graphic design and styling courses. The decision to make the jewellery designs I dream of a reality was a natural progression. I have also previously worked in the luxury end of the hospitality and leisure industry. (more...)

5 Mins With New Footwear Brand to Family: Iris Sandals

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

IRIS brand is all about colours and unique handmade designs. I try to make pieces that are different to any mass production products. I blend materials and shapes to make products that are fashionable and at the same time both classic and easy to wear. All the designs are chic with a playful twist.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I get a lot of excitement, which gives me more energy to continue, especially from the women who value comfort and individuality.  The designs are colourful and eye catching but what makes them unique is that every piece is wearable and will last for many seasons.

What is your background?

Of Greek origin, I studied politics and hold a master in management. I worked in PR, sales and marketing positions for few years until I moved to London. I have been making accessories and bespoke sandals for ten years as a hobby until I decided that this is what I want to focus on and set up IRIS brand. I have attended courses with the London College of Fashion and continue to build on my design as well as business skills.

Which designers do you rate highly and why? (more...)

5 Mins With New Brand to Family: Natividad Buitrón

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

We compose unique garments that are both graceful, yet have a creative twist. We adapt each design to emphasize femininity, expressing this in a sober, yet sensual manner.

By combining both organic and architectural lines Natividad Buitrón is able to build outstanding garments that have a neat appearance, yet refined finishings.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

High quality, elegant, graceful, sophisticated, chic, feminine, smart, stunning, avant-garde and cutting-edge.

What is your background?

BA (Hons) Fashion design- Istituto Marangoni, 2009/12

Fashion sewing techniques- London College of Fashion 2012

1st year of Architecture, San Pablo ceu, Madrid 2007/2008 (more...)

5 Mins With New Brand to Family: Farahs Jewellery

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

A description of what I do would be that I am a jewellery designer and I create collections of jewellery in silver and eighteen carat gold.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs? 

The comments that I get with regards to some of the designs that I create are that the pieces are “very elegant”.  Sometimes people have said that some of the pieces are “beautiful” or “lovely” .  Most recently my work has been described as “refined”  and “stunning”.

What is your background?

I have been creating jewellery since I was a teenager and have also been to art school where I studied jewellery design. (more...)

5 Mins With New Brand to Family: Alchimionek

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

Alchimionek is a London based womenswear label. The clothes are modern and feminine with an edgy touch, but also practical and comfortable.

Taking inspiration from the surroundings and urban architecture, the designs combine soft and structured silhouettes, detailed with simplicity. Contrasting fabrics and sharply tailored garments are offering an exclusive mix of the raw, the feminine and the classic.
They represent the contemporary woman, strong and dynamic,
yet feminine and sophisticated.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

My designs are very unique but also wearable. They make the woman stand out from the crowd. It’s also easy to combine them with the clothes already existing in the wardrobe.

What is your background?

I was born in Poland, where I graduated from Art School. I attended University of Art where I studied Fashion Design Womenswear. After relocating to London, I initially attended London College of Fashion and continued my studies at Ravensbourne College.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I’m a great fan of Balenciaga under creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere. His great experimentation with volume and proportion and fascination with science-fiction shapes and techno-fabrics

is truly inspiring. (more...)