Independent Boutique Blog Jewellery Brand Zevar at The British Museum

January 21st, 2016

Shop Zevar : favourite British jewellery brand Zevar has been featured on the Professional Jeweller website after being selected by the British Museum shop.

We Spend 5 mins With Footwear Brand, Oysby.

December 14th, 2015

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

I would say my aesthetic is best described as classic with a modernist twist. I love to take fashion silhouettes that have staying power and give them a totally modernist element. My Decolette pump has gotten quite a bit of attention for the simple beautiful lines of the upper and a totally new take on the stiletto heel. Another standout is the Callin Mary Jane because of its super-clean design with a modern twist of a side tie. Normally Mary Jane's have a buckle but with lacing being so important for Fall I thought to try something new that I had not seen before. The other style I would say was the Mary Tudor slide with the trio wedge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I haven’t meant anyone that doesn’t want to wear my designs once they get a hold of it. Some of the styles may look a bit too bold or daring at first glance, but once people step into the shoes and see how comfortable and effortless they are, they always want more. I reckon this is why I’ve been able to get celebrities to wear my shoes, not in exchange for anything, but just because they love and want to own the shoes. The décolleté has particularly been a favourite amongst celebrities. Read the rest of this entry »

We Spend 5 mins With Fashion Designer, Liza Veta.

December 11th, 2015

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

I tell people that I own a fashion business. I see myself both as a creator and a business manager. I want to create a clothing brand for the modern woman, one that combines elements of strength of character with inner feminine elegance. I want the women wearing my brand to feel special and unique.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I have been overwhelmed with the response I got from my collections. I am fortunate that it has been mostly positive. My favourite compliments to receive are when women tell me that my clothes make them feel more elegant, feminine and confident, because that is precisely the effect I want to create.

What is your background?

I was born in Belarus, which I left at age 23. I graduated from the Belarusian State University and I went on to study mathematical finance at the University of York. When I decided to devote myself fully to my fashion business, I left a professional career in the finance industry to pursue this dream. I had little formal training in fashion or even entrepreneurship - apart from a few sewing and designing classes here and there, and the odd online tutorials. It was a new experience Read the rest of this entry »

Pearls, the Modern Way...

December 8th, 2015

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Pearls- the Modern Way.

Pearls may have had the old fashioned image of your granny wearing her old pearls, but that couldn’t be further from the image today.  There’s no denying the allure of pearls, they are sensual and pretty. Yet far from sweet, todays modern pearls feel bold, strong and modern.

Designers embrace their glamour and timeless appeal over and over again. They were seen on the catwalks of Paris with Lanvin showing their huge versatility.

Can the modern woman wear pearls without looking like grandma?

Louise, MD of Pearls By Fleur says, “Oh definitely! Pearls have come a long way from their old-school, stuffy image and are fresh and beautiful and totally modern. “

We say, give pearls a chance! They look good and they can be worn over and over again! They are flattering to the skin and can be worn by women of all ages. We think pearls are perfect!

Three Ways to Wear Your Pearls Now 

1. Layer Your Pearls

For me, the only wear to wear your pearls and to look uber modern is to layer them, wrap them and stack them high. If you are looking for celeb style inspiration- look no further than SJP- she certainly rocks the look. It is a bold and strong look and not for the feint hearted.  But get it right and you will have plenty of admiring glances and just wait for the compliments. What more does a girl want! If you pile your pearl necklaces high, we recommend you keep the rest of your accessories simple and let the pearls do the talking. Wear with neutral colours for maximum impact.

Or follow Rihanna’s style with some pearl wrist candy. Pearls By Fleur have the gorgeous Pearl cuff that gives the illusion of lots of pearl bracelets wrapped round your wrist, when in fact it is just one hand crafted pearl wire bracelet.  The dark coloured pearls shimmer in the light and display a whole myriad of colours from dark purple to dark blue. We think this is perfect for both your daytime wardrobe  or evening glamour.  It will quickly become your favourite pearl bracelet that goes with everything. And a steal at just £40!

2. Coloured Pearls

Or choose a different colour pearl necklace to suit your mood. Who says pearls have to be white? Modern means there are no rules to wearing pearls.  Dark, peacock coloured pearls symbolise an exotic, mysterious and glamorous appeal. The colour purple also has a royal connection.  The very name itself, peacock- conjures up an image of the peacock's plumage and a myriad of dark colours.  Wear these dark coloured pearls in the evening with your favourite little black dress.

We love Pearls By Fleur peacock heart pearl bracelet and necklace. Add a classic symbol of love and you have a personal keepsake and perfect for personalising for a gift.

3. Statement Pearl Necklace

Do you want high impact  glamour? Less function  and more opulence? Add a statement pearl necklace to your knitwear. Accentuate your accessories, add some personality and demand to be noticed with the new modern pearl necklace.  Add a treasure trove of pearls and gems. No need to raid the family vault, try pairing sumptuous shiny silver and luscious amethysts with pearls in a unique design from Pearls By Fleur.












Whatever you choose, a pearl necklace is the ultimate style choice and ideal gift for any woman. Pearls are not fast fashion, like Chanel’s little black dress is an enduring classic, pearls are a timeless icon.

Choose from Pearls By Fleur’s selection of contemporary, classic, designer and  fair trade freshwater pearl jewellery. Pearls By Fleur have collections to suit you and your modern style.


5 Mins with Handbag Brand Amber Blu

December 4th, 2015

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

Amberblu appeals to a wide range of women.Are designs are bold,vibrant and stylish. Yet are bags range from classy and sophisticated to contemporary and punchy designs. Are bags

are made from the finest up cycled materials. We pride ourselves on using the best up cycled and vegan
leather materials. The colours and designs we use are from our travels around the

world. We like the idea of someone being able to wear the simplest of outfits, but making a statement with a beautifully designed bag.

All our bags are animal friendly,made from up cycled materials and made in the UK. We are a small supportive workforce that work together to produce style, design and quality. We pride

ourselves on only producing limited editions.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Our research has found that a lot of women like to wear something completely different to others. They love the fact that our bags are not mass produced and therefore original pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Mins with British Maternity Handbag Brand, KeriKit

November 30th, 2015

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

I try to give women both in work or new mothers beautiful well made and well designed products that allow them to keep their individuality and look beautiful whilst in an organised manner!

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Everyone has loved the smell and quality of the leather and the size of my bags. They are big bags so that you can actually fit everything inside with ease. The unique IRO has been a great success allowing customers to keep everything in place and easy to find.

What is your background?

I studied Fashion Design at Northumbria university before living in Hong Kong for 2 years as an accessories designer. I then returned to the UK and worked my way up to Head of Design for a supplier to the high street where we supplied everyone from Shanghai Tang to George at Asda. I then went on to become a senior buyer of accessories for 7 years at TK Maxx before leaving to set up my own brand.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I Love the work of designers such as Galliano, Gaultier and the late Alexander Mc Queen for their flamboyancy and their portrayal of the female form in a strong and positive way. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Mins With Accessories Brand, Made Of Carpet

November 25th, 2015

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

Welcome to the world of Mary Poppins! At Made of Carpet® we decided to bring justice and restore the former glory of unique and elegant Victorian Carpet bags. For the last 150 years you could find “carpet” bags made of tapestry, kilim, velour and even simple cloth, some of them even have Oriental patterns, but none of them were made of real plushy carpet. We have closely examined all possible modern materials and technologies, and have found those that meet a performance capability of modern machinery, all high quality requirements of the real Victorian Carpet bags and modern health and safety standards.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

From “Oh, my granny had a carpet just like this” and “Remember that old dirty carpet we have somewhere in the garage – this is great idea to put it in use!” (This is usually men to their wives or daughters) to “Oh, my God! Do you aware how much it costs at Burberry (Ralph Lauren/Louis Vuitton/etc)?”
(Actually yes, I am aware! Those prices are usually one zero “better” than ours.)

What is your background?

I was a graphic designer for a couple of decades and my latest speciality was localization: languages, alphabets, fonts and cultural differences. I have worked with 46 languages and 9 Read the rest of this entry »

We Spend 5 Mins With Swimwear Brand Amoir Camaira

October 9th, 2015

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

Our style is classy and elegant. Women who purchase Amoir Camaira do so out of an aspirational dream to live up to the life we portrait in our brand identity. Our customers are generally women who live glamorous lifestyles, vacation in luxurious settings and require rich tones, fabrics and trims to set them off against these sophisticated backgrounds. If our customers don’t already live this life, they aspire to!

What sort of comments do you get about your designs? 

People always comment on the quality of our fabric and the light weight of our trims. They are amazed at how soft and delicate our designs are and how well fitting each garment is. It is a great testament to the company as we promote luxury and great craftsmanship.

What is your background?

My background is varied, but my underlining interest in product development and fashion has always stuck. I am an admirer of life, which is something that thankfully developed over time. I appreciate luxury, people and opportunities. I travel well and have a huge network of talented people Read the rest of this entry »

5 Mins With Vintage Jewellery Brands Lulu & Belle

October 5th, 2015

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

Lulu and Belle is a carefully curated collection of vintage costume jewellery from the jewellery design houses of the past century. Our taste is eclectic but we are drawn to beautifully crafted pieces and pieces that tell the story of their decade.  We are always drawn to special pieces we would love to wear ourselves. The collection we have at the moment has pieces of jewellery from across the 20th century but we have a particular fondness for the geometric Art Deco era pieces, the dramatic glamour of mid-century jewellery and the classic 1960s pieces that remain effortlessly wearable today.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

We do our best to source our vintage pieces in excellent condition and we’ve been amazed at some of the events and pop-up shops we’ve held, where people think the jewellery is new and don’t always realise that a piece can be up to 70 years old or in some cases even a hundred years old.  It’s amazing though when you see a piece of gorgeous vintage jewellery with a contemporary outfit and how it can completely change the look. A lot of people get really excited about that.

What is your background?

We are a husband and wife team and come from completely different backgrounds.  While I was studying for a journalism degree in my twenties, I had the wonderful luck of finding a part time job in one of Ireland’s best established antique and vintage costume jewellery shops. It was a very unique business and I had the opportunity to get hands on with gorgeous vintage jewellery and to learn about the styles and designers. I was completely hooked from the start and loved in Read the rest of this entry »

5 Mins With British Brand Manja Jewellery

October 1st, 2015

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

We make stunning designer jewellery in Sterling Silver set exclusively with natural gemstones. Our motto is simple, we believe a piece of jewellery is not just an accessory but a way of keeping memories alive. We strive to select the best gemstones that we can find and set them on impeccably finished jewellery, keeping in mind the perennial purpose of each piece of jewellery. Our style is quite classic and feminine, but each piece of jewellery as that small extra detail element that makes it different. A lot of our pieces are also very geometric and sculptural.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

At Manja, there is something for everyone, to the bold daring woman who will find our Anansi collection appealing to the more classic and elegant woman who would prefer a pendant from our Amore collection. We have mostly heard positive comments, ones which reflect our style and values. On a memorable occasion a client mentioned the Divotra necklace was her favourite, as she loves to fiddle with it and even mentioned feeling naked without it. While we were exhibited in Germany this year at Inhorgenta, the same Divotra design was chosen among many and gave us a nomination for the best New Designer of the Year award. Read the rest of this entry »