Inspired heavily by minerals and the natural world, London-based Noemi Klein always manages to produce beautifully simple collections full of jewellery that is both elegant and edgy, mixing quality craftsmanship with raw shapes. Noemi’s new collection features both silver and gold, and contrasts castings of mineral clusters alongside solid geometric shapes. Not only is the collection effortlessly intriguing, but it also “explores the fragile relationship between the human and inanimate”, the figurative and the abstract.
You will be able to view the full collection through Noemi’s website momentarily.
Images courtesy of Noemi Klein
Uniform Wares is a favourite of mine when it comes to cool, classic watches. This simple, contemporary watch featuring a 4 jewel Swiss made two hand movement, an ultra-thin silhouette and a tapered leather strap from the 152 Series is nothing less than sublime. Uniform Wares always manage to create slick, versatile watches, and this piece is perfect for pretty much every occasion, whether it be a date, work, or just a casual drink with friends.
Watch, £220.00, from Uniform Wares
You can view and purchase the full selection of watches through Uniform Wares’ website.
Images courtesy of Uniform Wares
Capital is a California-based unisex eyewear brand specialising in handmade wooden sunglasses. All of the wood used in the production of each pair of sunglasses is sourced in the USA, giving the brand a great ethical edge over more commercial brands. The wood used in the frames is treated to ensure strength, meaning that by purchasing a pair of Capital sunglasses you are, without doubt, investing in a pair of great looking and long-lasting sunglasses.
Knowing that someone has taken the time to sit down, cut, sand and put together each pair by hand is incredibly inspiring. Not to mention, because the frames are made using wood, each pair differs slightly, making each and every pair a little unique. With quality, ethics and true craftsmanship at its heart, I can honestly say that Capital may have, in my mind at least, just snatched the title of most admirable independent sunglasses brand.
You can view and purchase Capital’s great selection of sunglasses through its e-shop.
Images courtesy of Capital
I was delighted to receive a slap watch from Slappie, an emerging slap watch brand that aims to reinvent the slap bracelet of the 80s/90s with 10 colours and 100 possible colour combinations, earlier this week. The brand was founded in October 2011, and is now run by 16-year-old Max Stern from Oxford, England. The design is clean, simple and nostalgic, and, despite not being sure about the watch when I first latched eyes on it, I love the concept and, now I’ve seen and tried on the watch, its aesthetic appeal. Better yet, Max isn’t trying to sell the slap watch as a luxury item, but instead as simple, versatile product that anyone can wear, retailing at an incredibly reasonable £14.99. I can see the slap watch from Slappie becoming somewhat of a fad and if, like me, you’re a fan of pairing the luxury with the practical, I urge you to support this great new brand.
Let me remind you, Max is just 16-years-old and he’s already running what I see as being a successful business. That’s an entrepreneur for you!
Thanks for my watch, Max!
You can view the full range of watches on the Slappie website.
Images courtesy of my Sony Xperia T
After seeing KTZ‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during London Fashion Week in February, I’ve grown increasingly fond of the brand. Their edgy style is everything I love to see in a designer or brand, emerging or established. This passport bag which I found while flicking through BOYS BOYS BOYS is great if you’re shopping on a budget but want your passport to travel in style. Although, let’s be honest, it’s a great piece if you’re looking to add a hint of edge to an otherwise simple outfit, passport or not. This bag is from the brands Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which explains its affordability, and made from 100% leather. I want one!
Bag, €165.00, from KTZ
Images courtesy of BOYS BOYS BOYS
I have a weakness for products that are handmade and, despite being far from patriotic, those which are handmade in England in particular. Holdall & Co is a relatively new luxury accessories brand, founded by Raimonda Navickaite just last year. Inspired by vintage cases and bags, Raimonda “wanted to design a product that was timeless yet classically modernist; a product that was made from the highest quality materials by expert hands so that it could go on to become a vintage piece with your own story”, and with the rapidly growing popularity of British-made and vintage-inspired goods and leather accessories in particular (look where The Cambridge Satchel Company is now), why wouldn’t he?
Taking “Made in England” to a whole new level, these impeccably crafted pieces, without doubt, look great, are incredibly practical and of a premium quality.
Folio, £185.00, from Holdall & Co
You can find out more about Holdall & Co on their website.
Images courtesy of Holdall & Co
Paris-based designer Niels Peeraer‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, ‘Hua Dan Calyx’, continues to follow his signature aesthetic, that being to create unique accessories, combining vegetable tanned bridle leather with brass fittings. The headpieces are a “direct translation from both Chinese and Japanese historical headdress”, and the bags are inspired by the geometry of a flower. A word I don’t often use is cute, but it is undoubtedly how I would describe Niels’ work. Depending on your style, each piece within the collection is unisex. Combining accessories design and art with a contemporary twist, Niels has, once again, pulled it off.
You can view more of Niels’ work on his website and purchase selected pieces through RA.
Photography by Wenn Kee Hsu
Images courtesy of Niels Peeraer
London-based womenswear designer Claudia Ligari has recently, rather unexpectedly, released an elegant series of branded rings as part of her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. Available in silver, gold and rose gold, each ring is handcrafted and beautifully simple, adding an edge to absolutely any outfit, be it a pair of jeans and a blouse during the day or one of Claudia’s unique, feminine dresses in the evening.
You can purchase the rings through Claudia’s e-shop alongside her current collection.
Images courtesy of Claudia Ligari