Founded by Justyna Pacewicz in 2011, ALOTRO is a Polish accessories brand creating beautiful handmade accessories with a unique edge. Ribbon is weaved to create sublime shapes which are then worn as necklaces, bracelets and rings. Justyna has kept to a monochromatic palette of black, and each piece is crafted with an astounding attention to detail.
You can view and purchase selected pieces from the collection through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Igor Drozdowski
Images courtesy of ALOTRO
Mariella Pilato is a Bali-based artist who creates jewellery using semi-precious metals and precious stones. According to Mariella, her work “tells the story of her cultural heritage, reflecting good taste and innovation while her vision recalls traditions with a sensitive trend toward a joyful fashion and modernity”. Born and raised in Sorrento, Mariella has an Italian heritage which has influenced her work considerably. Myths, mythic creatures, history and ancient arts all influence Mariella’s work, and each piece is beautifully crafted by hand.
Bali isn’t somewhere I thought I’d find such a talented artist, but Mariella’s work is, without doubt, exquisite and most definitely something people should be talking about.
You can view and purchase Mariella’s work through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Mariella Pilato
Lily Kamper is a London-based jewellery designer who founded her brand in 2012 after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art. Lily’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection uses Perspex which she has dip-dyed and turned by hand, and each piece, inspired by “architecture, pyramids and temple structures”, is cut to precision. The collection explores a broad palette of black, white, blue, red, orange, yellow and purple, and uses both gold and silver plated brass. Each piece is completely handmade, including the fine details such as the end caps. Quality is quite evidently important to Lily and if she continues to produce work of same high standard, I can see Lily Kamper rapidly developing into a refined and respected British jewellery brand.
You can view the full collection on Lily’s website and purchase selected pieces through Young British Designers and Liberty.
Photography by Charlotte Brown
Images courtesy of Lily Kamper
Words cannot explain my love for this hat from Études‘ Spring/Summer 2013 collection. It’s subtle orange tone and heavy wool structure make my heart beat faster than normal. I’m certain that if I were going to invest in a hat for the summer months, this would definitely be the one!
Hat, $268.00, from Études
You can view and purchase more great pieces from Études through their website.
Images courtesy of Études
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