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‘Tis the season for travel

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For many the festive period is a time for travel: going home to the family, reuniting with relatives or taking time off to get away.

I used to love travelling but no more, I find airport security necessary but long and tedious, in a bid to economise my flights seem to take off and land at challenging hours be it first thing in the morning or late at night. The seats are smaller, the baggage allowance is shrinking, food is for purchasing and well, there is nothing much glamourous about my travel agenda.

That is until I designed our The Brewer travel bag and now I genuinely think that travelling, even low cost travel is quite a glamorous affair, in fact, I look forward to the opportunity of putting my Brewer bag to the test and seeing just how much I am able to squeeze out of it ( and into it) in one trip. Deceptively light for its size means I have the perfect opportunity to fill it to the brim! the soft leather and fantastic finish just screams style, the internal (and detachable) zipped pouch has comfy pockets for all my belongings, I am able to stuff my jumper down one side, my scarf, book and paper down the other and it even comes with its own nifty (and again detachable) leather wristlet clutch.

Going to let my Brewer bag do the talking, shot on location: London, Paris, Geneva, up the Alps, down by the lake, in the heart of the city… an investment piece definitely worth considering

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Out & about with The Brixton Backpack

8Just so you don’t think we brag about our bags without good cause we do genuinely ‘test drive’ them to see if they perform up to scratch. They do need to look the part but we also take great pride in ensuring they are as functional they are good looking.  Someone gets the lucky ‘chore’ of testing  any new bag we release over a period of a week and reporting back to us.

We try and ‘test’ them in the environment where we think they will be used: travel bags go travelling, evening bags get taken out to town, tote bags go to work and as for backpacks…

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Well, backpacks are the newest babies in our range, The Brixton is the first backpack we released, designed to be small, lightweight and extremely feminine, a midi bag but worn on the back ! With plenty of pockets, draw string fastening and adjustable straps the idea was it would work from day to night, from fast paced walks to bicycle rides to car, from work to leisure.

We’re happy to share photos of the bag in action, Test-driven in the big outdoors surrounding Lake Geneva on the outskirts of Lausanne, Switzerland. It took long walks, bike rides and tram rides. From University to the sleek town centre, from lectures to concerts, weekdays, weekends, rain and shine.

 

And the verdict?

We’ve been told it is great! comfortable, useful, lightweight, secure and most importantly very much admired.

The Brixton backpack is now available in black and grey from select boutiques nationwide, from our webshop and  from Wolf & Badger. If you plan on visiting our stand at The Ideal Home Show in London Olympia, 23-27 November 2016, you could even try one out yourself, we’re quite sure you won’t want to let it go!

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Earrings for Charlene

Morning Nadia!

How are you?

I am getting married next week and have been looking for a pair of clip-on earrings. On your website I love the shower earrings in rose gold and champagne or jet black and diamond.  Can you give me some advice? My wedding colours are white and dusty pink.

Thanks X

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Wow Charlene, congratulations!! What happy news!

We’d be delighted to make your earrings for you, special bespoke ‘Charlene’ earrings!

I’ve copied my designer Karla as I will get her to make them for you today, she’ll email you directly with some questions shortly and we will get these made so you have them with plenty of time.

Xx Nadia

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Nadia it was perfect!!! I couldn’t have had a better day. Thank you so much for the earrings.

The location was great, food was great, everyone had such a good time. I am so so happy. It’s nice being a MRS.

Xxx

 

Hey Nadia

Hope you’re well and enjoying the sunshine🙂

Just wanted to say another big thank you for my beautiful earrings for my wedding.

My husband and I don’t want any photos on social media so we haven’t posted anything online or distributed any, we’ve kept them for our personal use. I’ve popped a photo in the post for you, which you should receive over the next couple of days🙂

They truly were the most fabulous earrings !

Xxx

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Charlene Bent is the ‘go to’ stylist for a list of high profile celebs.  Fashion Journalist, Presenter, Director of Ms Campbell shapewear, around the clock hard worker, a particularly lovely & beautiful person that I am fortunate to work with.

Wishing you much happiness Mrs & Mrs Bent  from Nadia & the team xx

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Get the Look

Delighted to see yet more beautiful collaborations thank to Swarovski and Wolf & Badger. This time Blogger Tamara Kalinic takes us on a metallic journey with a hint of pink and a lot of silver . Full details can be found in her blog, but for those  keen to get the low down on her jewellery here we go:

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Stack you rings! Tamara is wearing our Kate Cocktail ring in silver teamed up with our Crystal patina H ring in Sterling silver 

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Don’t forget those all important earrings, Tamara wears our Rectangular drop stone earrings in crystal 

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All our jewellery is artisan made in the UK,hypoallergenic, fine plated in Sterling Silver or 18ct gold and uses the finest Swarovski crystal but best of all?? It sparkles!!!

Tamara is photographed by The Street Muse/Melanie Galea

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Get the look

 

How thrilled were we to see Diipa Khosla, the biggest Indian Fashion Blogger globally and big time Fashion Influencer fully adorned in Nadia Minkoff jewellery and looking absolutely stunning!

So the deal is… Wolf & Badger short listed 15 brands to be part of their ‘Crystals from Swarovski’ event and Nadia Minkoff London is one of the lucky 15.

If you want to get Diipa’s look, here are the all-important links

The Necklace: Rectangular triple stone necklace in Ombre, Swarovski crystal with  18ct gold plated chain and setting, Nadia Minkoff London £50 from Wolf & Badger

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The earrings: Rectangular drop stone earrings in gold, Swarovski crystal and 18ct gold plating. Nadia Minkoff London £43 from Wolf & Badger

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The Rings: Crystal patina H ring in Gold  and Crystal patina H ring in gunmetal , £20 each from Wolf & Badger

Clothing by Leka NYC 

Photography by Melanie Galea @thestreetmuse

 

 

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Fashion Supplier of the Year, we’re a Drapers Finalist!

We’re so proud to announce that we are a finalist in the Drapers 2016 competition in the Best Fashion Supplier of the Year category!

Drapers Awards celebrate the best of the best in fashion retailing and are the most highly-respected Industry Awards aimed at recognising the top performing and most innovative businesses.  Having been short-listed from a large number of well-known applicants is over-whelming, we are quite simply over the moon.

Over the years we have taken great pride in our design integrity and slowly but surely we have cemented our position as a forward thinking design led business aiming to create affordable, quality pieces for individual women. Never complacent we always look to move with the times so that we can continually deliver top-notch designs that speak for themselves without costing the earth.

More than 800 people will attend the Drapers Awards black tie gala on November 17, 2016 to be held at Old Billingsgate Market in the City of London. We are looking forward to sharing this with you and will keep you posted via our newsletter, website and Social Media sites.

We would like to thank all our buyers, advisors, followers, readers, bloggers, friends and family for your continued support over the years, we couldn’t be more excited!

 

Nadia and the team x

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From inspiration to presentation

After months of preparation the first showing of our Spring/Summer 2017 collection kicked off during Scoop & the City, held at The Old Billingsgate Market mid-July.

Having drawn our inspiration from London, from nature and from living a life of handbags & jewellery, with a clear vision and complete conviction we finalised our range, instructed and waited for the samples to arrive.

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It was a painful wait, because the bulk of the samples just didn’t turn up and as the deadline drew closer… a week closer, 5 days closer, 3 days closer we were beginning to doubt our chances.

With 2 days to go, the samples arrived, last minute is far from ideal but it’s a whole lot better than a ‘no show’.

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I often wonder, once the stand is all set and the show opens its doors to buyers and press if anyone really knows the true trials from inspiration to presentation.

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It was a great show, the new collection was much admired, new orders, new contacts, old contacts renewed. Circle closed, now we go from presentation to new inspiration.