Bath in Fashion: Nurturing Up and Coming Designers

With one of our fabulous stores in Southgate Bath, Bath in Fashion is one of our favourite times of year, the City bustles with fashionistas and there’s an amazing line up of interesting exhibitions and talks hosted this year at the stunning Assembley Rooms.

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Last night we headed to see Susie Bubble in discussion with Lulu Kennedy and Ed Marler of Fashion East, an infamous non profit organisation championing the work of up and coming fashion designers. Originally set up 15 years ago, Fashion East started by helping out young designers with event space to host their shows, final shows are notoriously expensive to run and so by finding free space to launch collections, designers were given a leg up into the fashion world. 15 years later and in collaberation with Topshop, Fashion East now funds carefully selected young designers, helping them with their final shows and providing advice to launch collection from concept through to commerce. Renowned worldwide for it’s avant garde fashion, London’s fashion scene and reputation has been heavily influenced by the designers coming out of Fashion East.

Last year fabulous launched ‘fabulous futures’ a similar initiative championing the work of up and coming jewellery designers. Fabulous worked closely with final year students on the ‘Jewellery and Silversmithing – Design for Industry’ degree course, giving students a retail perspective, before they go on to become designers or pursue careers in the industry.

Jo Stroud, together with Sinade Prosser, Retail & Buying Manager at Fabulous (a past graduate of the course) formed part of the end-of-year judging panel and met all the students. Fabulous owner, Jo says “Birmingham School of Jewellery has an excellent reputation for producing highly employable graduates with the skills needed within the jewellery industry today. We have chosen this particular course as it offers students a sound knowledge of the market, developing their technical skills within a commercial environment.”

The winners receive mentoring sessions designed to help them consider their target market, the pricing of their pieces, the way jewellery is presented in-store and packaged for the consumer, and the ways they can showcase themselves online. They get a week’s work experience at Fabulous, as well as winning the chance to appear at the Fabulous annual Garden Party, where they will meet top customers and other designers. A £200 bursary has also been given to each winner to cover any expenses incurred during placements.

Jo continues, “British designers are very important to us at Fabulous, with collections from Vivienne Westwood, Lulu Guinness, Chloe Moss and James Boyd all helping make us the go-to place for must-have brands. We’d love to see the next big thing in the industry come from home grown talent.”

Rhian’s Jewellery Spring Clean

Our eCommerce manager Rhian has been with fabulous for two and a half years, her jewellery collection consists of a lot of Alex and Ani, from the bangle bar through to the Providence collection. She loves a layered look and firmly believes that more is more, which can make for a pretty messy jewellery box.

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Before: This is a good example of how not to look after your jewellery!

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Rhian’s jewellery is organised back into her stacker jewellery box, she hangs her necklace on a gilt frame so she can choose easily in the morning

photoA vintage candelabra houses bangles, bracelets and anklets picked up on holidays

photo1Rhian admits that her Alex and Ani bangles always live in their box and she’ll be adding more to her collection this Spring, as well as updating her Nikki Lissoni collection with some new coins from the Summer collection. Rhian is looking forward to the warmer weather so she can stack her bangles even higher!

Sinade’s Jewellery Spring Clean

The fabulous Sinade, store manager of Solihull was inspired by Katie’s Spring clean and has sent over photos of her beautiful jewellery collection, before and after.

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Sinade has been with us for nearly 8 years, so understandably she has a pretty impressive jewellery collection. Sinade admitted that most of the time her jewellery box looks like the above photo!sinade after1

After a spring clean and lots of sorting her jewellery is all back in their designer packaging and organised beautifully.

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We love Sinade’s dressing table because it’s so her! Princess bottles and pink bows, totally fabulous just like her. Good luck keeping it this tidy Sinade x

In Sinade’s jewellery box, Nikki Lissoni, Thomas Sabo, Jennifer Zeuner, ChloBo, Otis Jaxon, Alex and Ani.

Katie’s Jewellery Spring Clean

We’re pretty lucky at fabulous, we get to work with jewellery every day so as you can imagine we tend to have pretty big jewellery collections. This week at fabulous we’re embracing Spring by indulging in some serious sorting and cleaning. Katie from our Solihull store sent us these photos of her jewellery box before and after a little Spring clean and it’s inspired us to head home and do the same!

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Katie’s Jewellery Collection Before

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Katie’s Jewellery Collection After

We love her vintage decanter, the perfect place to store some ChloBo! How do you store yours? We’d love to see your jewellery Spring clean photos!

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Give your Alex and Ani Bangles a Spring Clean!

If you’re an Alex and Ani fan then you’ve quite likely been building your stack for a while, here’s a fabulous video from Alex and Ani on how to clean your bangles to have them looking like new again!

Adding a new bangle to your collection is a fabulous way of giving your stack a refresh, take a look at Alex and Ani bangles at fabulous…

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What you Need to Know About Cleaning Your Silver Jewellery…

Spring is in the air so we’re having a fabulous Spring Clean. First up, here’s our do’s and don’ts of cleaning your Silver jewellery…

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Do silver dip your 925 Sterling Silver jewellery to keep its brilliant shine. Always read the instructions of the product you’re using, only use on 925 Sterling Silver and protect your hands/clothing/surfaces while using it.

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Polish your Silver. You’ll be amazed the difference a polishing cloth will make, even if you don’t think your Silver looks tarnished. Simply buff your jewellery with the cloth to remove surface dirt and bring back its shine.

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Check your item is 925 Sterling Silver before treating it like Silver, you’re looking for a hallmark reading 925 on the item – that assures you it is 925 Sterling Silver.

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Store your Silver jewellery separately and out of moist areas, you can use the silicone sachets from new shoes to prevent moisture entering the packaging.

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Never silver dip any item that is oxidised. Oxidised jewellery has ‘blackened’ detailing, for example Pandora charms have elements that have been purposefully tarnished to provide depth or texture, and Thomas Sabo jewellery also has oxidised elements like the Karma collection. So only ever silver dip jewellery that has a shiny appearance.

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DON’T

Silver dip any items containing stones or pearls, silver dip is a strong solution and can strip the colour from these items particularly pearls, coral, turquoise and opals. If you’re not sure, don’t dip it.

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Put your jewellery on first when you’re getting ready. Perfume, moisturisers, deodorants will all tarnish your jewellery quicker than normal, so make it the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.

If you’re not sure, drop us a tweet, email us (jewellery@fabulouscollections.co.uk) or visit the contact us section on the website! We’d be happy to give you advice on how to look after your fabulous jewellery!