Fabulous Futures Award: The 2015 Winners!

We’re delighted to announce this year’s winners of our ‘Fabulous Futures’ Award, in conjunction with the Birmingham School of Jewellery, Sarah McCracken and Janet Royle.

Fabulous have been working closely with final year students on the ‘Jewellery and Silversmithing – Design for Industry’ degree course, to give students a retail perspective before they go on to become designers or pursue a career in the industry.

The School of Jewellery, which is part of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Birmingham City University, has been located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter since 1890, with a portfolio of courses from jewellery design to silversmithing, to horology and gemology.

“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,” explains fabulous owner, Jo Stroud.

Jo Stroud, together with Sinade Prosser, Retail & Buying Manager at fabulous – herself a graduate of this course selected two students to be the recipients of the annual ‘Fabulous Futures’ Awards.

The winners will 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 will receive 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 for each winner will 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, James Boyd and Chris Lewis 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.”

Acting Head of School, Gaynor Andrews, says “We are delighted to be working with Fabulous on these Awards, and look forward to developing an exciting and positive relationship with the Fabulous team. We are also thrilled that an alumnus of the School is so closely involved.”

Sinade Prosser graduated from this course in 2009, and has worked her way up at Fabulous since joining in 2007 as a part-time retail assistant while studying, to being part of the senior management team with responsibility for buying and marketing.

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Left to Right: Sarah McCraken, Janet Royle, Jo Stroud

Sarah McCracken

“We chose Sarah because she had a real enthusiasm for fashion accessories.  For her final project she had demonstrated good use of trend research and had incorporated many different textures and materials into her jewellery, in addition to precious metals.  Sarah has a placement coming up at Vivienne Westwood and wants to develop a career as a designer within the fashion jewellery industry. We feel a placement at fabulous and some support from us will help her get started in her career!

Janet Royle

“We chose Janet because she had a completely different style of jewellery to everybody else, utilising a mix of vintage and new pieces.  She carried out a lot of research into the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and Arts and Crafts Jewellery and had taken inspiration from this.  She has a clear plan to create her own jewellery in a unique way combining vintage elements with new components she is designing.  We feel exposure to fabulous’ stores and customers, will give her a clearer insight into her potential target market.”

Congratulations to Sarah and Janet, we’ll see you at the Garden party and look forward to seeing you for work experience in the next few months!

NEW Alex and Ani Summer Bangles: Uncharted Voyage

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Summer is officially here with the arrival of the Alex and Ani summer collection, Uncharted Voyage.

The latest additions to the popular bangle collection are rich in summer colours with textured beads, soft leather wraps and nautical charms inspired by the enchanting sea.

“Every shore on the voyage of your life is full of thrill, possibility, and wonder. The adventuress in you travels after mystery and beauty. Explore uncharted territories. Gather the distinct treasures you find along the way. Take delight in exotic journeys: the heart-stirring escapades that lead you to discover who you truly are.”

The delicate Odyssey bangles are great for adding a subtle pop of colour to your stack whilst the textured Uncharted Voyage and Calypso wraps are ideal for bulking up your stack with beaded detail.

The popular braided leather wraps have been transformed this summer in bold Mediterranean colours. Choose from cool sea blues, lush palm greens or blazing sun red.

The beautiful Sand Dollar & new Anchor will add seaside charm to any stack! Both of these are a symbol of strength and are available in a classic charm bangle or horizontal wrap.

Be the first to shop this fabulous new collection with free UK delivery online at fabulouscollections.co.uk

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Looking For A Father’s Day Gift?

Whether it’s for your Dad or the father of your children, Father’s Day is a great way to show the man in your life just how special he is!

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If you want a gift that’s a bit different this year, our new necklace collection by The Giving Keys is ideal. Each key is unique and carries a message like STRENGTH, GRATEFUL and LOVE so you can show him just what he means to you! The Giving Keys are a celeb favourite spotted on Ryan Gosling and Aaron Paul. Prices start at £25

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If you want to treat him this weekend, go for a stylish Daniel Wellington watch. With interchangeable straps, he can start with a leather or NATO strap & then collect other designs to personalise his DW watch. He’ll never take it off! Prices start at £149 for watches & £25 for straps.

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Or why not get yourself a bargain in our summer sale! We still have a fab selection of Men’s watches left in stock including Kenneth Cole, Ted Baker & Ice Watch!

Pop in-store and we’ll help you find the perfect gift! Or shop online at fabulous with FREE UK delivery. Next Day Delivery is also available for those last minute decisions!

FATHER’S DAY 21ST JUNE. Shop online fabulouscollections.co.uk.

Trollbeads City Beads Collection

The fabulous City Beads collection by Trollbeads introduces sterling silver beads that celebrate 9 beautiful cities in the world. It also features a leather bracelet in white, black and brown, each simple and stylish. The brilliant City Beads are limited edition so make sure you don’t miss out!

The Trollbeads New York Freedom is perfectly detailed to capture the history of the city that never sleeps. The Big Apple is engraved with the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty and the One World Trade Centre.NEW YORK

The Trollbeads London Gentleman is a quirky representation of London and its infamous weather. It is detailed with a gentleman’s umbrella and a bowler hat, which originated in London in 1849.LONDON

The Trollbeads Rome Colosseum is iconic and sure to be a favourite. This intricate bead is a stylish representation of the famous Italian landmark, still the largest amphitheatre in the world.
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The Trollbeads Cape Town Trinity is the cutest addition to the collection, with a penguin and shark side by side as a representation that opposites meet in harmony in South Africa’s Mother City.
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Head over to our website to view the rest of the Trollbeads City Beads collection!

Saturday 6th June is Trollbeads Day! Join us in our fabulous Bath store in Southgate to have a glass bead made for you completely free. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – more info on our Facebook page.