MEET THE BRANDS
For my Winter accessory boxes I have partnered with some of the most exciting, independent brands in London:
ADOR by Ayesha is an independent jewellery and accessories brand, founded in 2017 by Ayesha Malhotra. Growing up in India where jewellery is celebrated as a thing of beauty and opulence, of heirloom and heritage, and of inherent investment value, Ayesha's obsession with jewellery was probably inevitable.
She longed for finely crafted pieces of jewellery but with designs that were more contemporary and wearable, and would translate to her life outside India. She wanted the same timelessness in design and the craftsmanship of heirloom pieces, but without eye-watering price tags! This is how she came to quit her 15 year long career in investment banking to launch her own brand of semi-precious jewellery.
Over the past decade and a half, Ayesha has worked and lived in Hong Kong, New York and London, and she channels these rich multi-cultural influences to create designs for the modern woman of the world, while staying true to her Indian heritage with a distinctly colourful and exquisitely handcrafted collection.
In Hindi, 'dor' means ‘a thread that bonds’. ADOR is the wonderful link between the two countries, Ayesha calls home. The collection is designed in Britain, and handmade in India.
IRIS is a lifestyle brand that specialises in handmade leather embellished designs and costume jewellery. It encompasses comfort, individuality, elegance and luxury with a fresh approach to fashion and a playful twist. Anastasia, the founder and designer of the brand draws her inspiration from the beauty and colours of nature, the uniqueness of cultures, her exotic travels and the infinite opportunities of material blending. Every collection piece is handmade with exquisite attention to detail, using high quality leather and handpicked materials. IRIS brings unique, timeless pieces to the woman who values comfort and individuality.
IRIS brand is the result of Anastasia’s many years of work and dedication to individual designs. She started making bespoke embellished sandals ten years ago using her passion for creativity and colourful designs. Based in London, Anastasia launched the first IRIS ready to wear sandal collection for Spring/Summer 2014 featuring limited edition pieces. In 2015 IRIS introduced “Make a Statement” costume jewellery collection comprising statement necklaces and bangle bracelets in lively colour combinations and ceramic stones, all perfect for resort wear or integrating into effortless chic daywear.
The sandals are handmade in the island of Crete by local craftsmen who use traditional techniques and top quality measures and materials. Every piece in the collection is designed and hand embellished in London IRIS studio.
Established in 2015, the studio of Ille De Cocos designs knitwear that is modern, effortless and unique. Founder Deola Charles imagined a collection of sleek silhouettes in the softest natural yarns that were always easy-to-wear and beautiful to touch...stylish everyday pieces for a contemporary capsule wardrobe.
With a background in fashion and lifestyle, having worked for iconic British brands including Selfridges, Hobbs and The White Company, Deola instinctively understands what women feel good in when navigating their everyday lives. Taking inspiration from the beautiful and unspoiled Cocos Island, the brand is a celebration of natural allure, combining effortless “Londoner” style with island ease. The nature-inspired colour palette blends subtle neutrals with modern brights. The result? A stylish collection of go-to layers you'll want to reach for again and again.
A tribute to modern women who choose to live their own way, the Ille De Cocos philosophy is simple:
“Give yourself space, DRESS EASILY...nonchalantly, regardless of the pressures of being ‘up-to-date’. Feel energised, confident and ready for the moment.”
Clare Slater London brings you an exciting new collection of handbags and small leather accessories. The range features exquisite leathers including patent, metallic leathers and printed hair on hide. Hand-finished in a small Spanish town which is world-renowned for its leather goods and excellent craftsmanship.
Handbag styles are lightweight, slouchy and versatile for everyday use. The quality is further enhanced by meticulous attention to detail in every element of the Clare Slater London collection. Designed with the real woman’s lifestyle in mind, many of the bags can be worn from day to evening.
Clare Slater worked for many years in the fashion industry as a marketing consultant to high street giant Next, Marks & Spencer and Boden. Much of her work included identifying gaps in the market, defining what real women want and like, and new product development. Clare has made luxury, stylish handbags more accessible by creating a brand that represents exceptional quality at affordable prices.
Spacemasks are new. Brand new. We were created out of a collision of intergalactic material coming explosively together with a little human imagination. A flash of inspiration with an end product. We wanted to find a way to escape the madness of our hectic lifestyles and leave our Worldy problems behind. Space travel seemed a reasonable possibility - new horizons, a clean start, no social media.
The cost of astronaut training and 4000 tonnes of rocket fuel made us think out of the box. So we came up with a box. A box of spacemasks in fact. 5 perfectly formed pouches each containing a heavenly Spacemask - capable of whisking you away to a carefree world unpolluted by Earthly distractions.
So there you have it. Spacemasks were born. It is still early days after our launch but we already have 1000s of grateful space travellers. We hope you too will enjoy the flight.
We're two sisters, Sarah and Lauren, with a bold and empowering mission of bringing greater clarity, authenticity and simplicity to skin care. BY SARAH LONDON is the only UK skincare collection with the full list of ingredients on the front label across the entire collection. This pioneering initiative is to help you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
Sarah’s inspiration and motivation to revolutionize skin care began with her sister, Lauren’s recovery from leukaemia in 2012. While searching for gentle, non-toxic, natural and organic products - those that would soothe and nourish Lauren’s sensitive skin - she found a problem. It was almost impossible to tell what was in the products.
So, Sarah took matters into her own hands, literally! With her knowledge of working in the skincare industry and her childhood passion for skincare, she hand-crafted her own blends from carefully-curated, organic and sustainably-sourced plant-based ingredients. Her skincare was not only enjoyed by Lauren but was effective and highly sought after by friends and family too - and the seeds of BY SARAH LONDON were born. As Sarah refined her blends over the years, Lauren made a full recovery from leukaemia (with Sarah as her stem cell donor) and the sisters joined forces to launch BY SARAH LONDON in November 2017. From a place of authenticity and sincerity, the sisters are striving to empower conscious living, starting with their natural and organic skincare.
Each of the ingredients we use has been chosen to perform a specific function for your skin, from collagen-boosting Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil to anti-inflammatory Organic Evening Primrose Oil. With absolutely no hidden, artificial or synthetic chemicals, our skincare is free from anything that would dilute the nutrient-rich and skin-enhancing benefits of the plant-based ingredients we use. We believe that less, but using the very best, really is more. We use only best quality cold-pressed oils. Cold-pressing preserves the ingredient quality, potency and purity in a way that heat-treating cannot, and these oils absorb into your skin far more easily.
Our skincare is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, oily and dry skins. With no added fragrance or essential oils, they are neutral, universal blends to be enjoyed by both men and women. We have never and will never test on animals; the entire collection is certified cruelty free with Cruelty Free International.
We fall from the same fruit tree as Tinker Tailor who are pretty well known for making mesmerising hand embroidered Christmas and souvenir decorations for some of the most famous department stores and heritage sites in the world. Long has our magpie founder wished to tiptoe back into the world of fashion and all things fashionable. The idea for stick-able embroideries was born many years ago when she would come across historical re-enactors at fairs who told her that they cut up our embroidered decorations to sew onto their costumes.
Our team of crafters are hand picked for their unique skill set and creativity. As self employed artisans, each piece that we make and sell helps support and preserve this age old traditional art form in India.
Our Founder Caroline established Tinker Tailor in 2009 after being head hunted for her signature style. She saw a gap in the market to create the most embellished fashion forward decorations and the rest, as they say, is history.
As a child Caroline’s love of fashion and eclectic style was instant, playing shop in her grandparents army surplus stores and her mother & aunts' designer clothes shop encouraged her creativity and love of design and embellishments from the very practical to the very frivolous. This combined with a 2:1 BA honours degree in fashion and business and the gift of a 10 year apprenticeship cutting her teeth in the business, gave her the ambition to set up her own stable.
Caroline is now a mother to two small children and feels blessed everyday for being able to work with such incredibly creative products and people in many exceptional places.
We love candles and we adore fragrance. We came up with the idea for TussieMussie after an inspiring trip to the Chelsea Physic Garden in London in early 2015 and now we are making our own natural candles and blending our own fragrances from essential oils.
TussieMussie believe that candles and fragrances should be as natural as possible. You will be burning them in the heart of your home, which is why we promise to only use the finest essential oils in our fragrances, our wax is natural, sustainable and our wicks are made of natural cotton which ensures a clean burn in your home.
TussieMussie is a brand built on love. A love of fragrance and beautiful botanicals. Through fragrant blends, we reveal the secrets of botanicals and their meanings. Hand crafted and created by two friends who have explored the world of scent together, they now share their knowledge and TussieMussie products are heart-felt gifts to share with loved ones and friends or to simply enjoy for yourself.
TussieMussie candles are hand crafted in small batches to ensure we create quality products at all times. TussieMussie candles are made with completely natural ingredients. Sometimes you’ll notice our candles have what looks like a wet spot or an air bubble, this is because the natural wax we use in our candles has no additives, making the wax less sticky and doesn’t always hold to the glass. This change in appearance is completely normal and won’t affect the performance of our candles or the fragrance within. In a beautiful way, this makes each and every hand poured candle unique.