The beating heart of creativity

Unrestrained design is the beating heart of creativity, the rest is about ensuring that all the connections running in an out of it function properly.

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It’s a hard act running a successful commercial design enterprise with all the disciplines it requires: commercial edge, on trend, well executed, timely, fashionable, desirable, accessible, aesthetically pleasing, easy to merchandise, functional, well priced

Whilst at the other end of the spectrum, right at the core of the business and the seed that got it going in the first place lies a creative with a desire and innate need to let go of commercial constraints and purely enjoy creating.

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Over the years (and to my surprise) I discovered that transforming my creative ‘cottage industry’ into a commercial enterprise in itself is a very creative process requiring vision, understanding, awareness, a whole new set of skills, patience and a lot of stamina.

Still, the desire to keep those creative juices flowing, to make something outstanding, bespoke, ‘one off’, not to be repeated, in no way commercial but purely a statement piece is always there.

I know now and can say for a fact that the best way for my company to be at the forefront of commercial design is to regularly create individual pieces with no restraints. I have made it an absolute prerogative of the business to ensure that every few weeks we immerse ourselves in the joy of creating be it for photoshoots, for stylists, for Red Carpet events, for individuals or just for us to enjoy, recharge and to have at our atelier.

 

 

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

Who, what and wear

I can’t quite believe the last time I actually put pen to paper ( fingers to keyboard) and blogged was in July!

Wasn’t being lazy, just incredibly busy and it’s amazing how once you let time slip it snowballs before you know it.        So I am making my New year resolution now at the end of November, no point waiting, and it is to make sure that I no longer have such long lapses.

I guess first thing first, to get back into the swing of things, a quick recap of what we’ve been up to since July, and also what and wear??

In August we won the runners up award for Most innovative Business at the London FSB awards, what a night! what a surprise! we’ve not looked back since , it’s been a whirlwind.

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In Sept we updated our on-line shop with the new Winter 2015 lines. And our best-sellers?  Crystal skulls and midi totes

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October was show season again, we were back in full swing at Scoop London previewing our Summer 2016 collection

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November seems to have come and gone at the blink of an eye. So, SO much went on, so where do I start?

Soprano Aylin Perez, twitted photos of her with her Nadia Minkoff London delivery

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And a week later of her wearing her ‘delivery’, our Crystal Shard statement necklace  during her grand Finale at the Dallas Opera House

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Nancy Dell’olio stepped out onto the West End stage wearing her bespoke Nadia Minkoff London necklace for her One-Woman show

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And to top it all? we  found out we are up for another award! The Dot London award for Best London Lifestyle Indie retailer, woohoo!    And if you think we deserve it pls give us your vote, it takes 2 ticks, just follow this link put in your name and hit yes when you get the confirmation email.

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Will be back soon, x Nadia

 

From catwalk to high street

It must be obvious by my lack of posts since our London Fashion Week catwalk that I’ve just not had the time to write, so much so that I actually feel like I have writers block today when in fact- I have so much to say!

The press have been very kind to us this time round, we are loving the attention and the interest which, we seem to be receiving daily, our press page for Sept is nice and full and October looks very promising too!

But the nicest part of it all, as a designer, is seeing how our catwalk creations translate from the runway to the high street. At Nico Didonna’s shop you can now treat yourself ( and yes, it is a treat) to one of his amazing catwalk creations complete with our Nadia Minkoff London accessories.  One of the oldest and most established UK brands have bought some of our  catwalk statement pieces for their stores, soon to hit their shelves.It’s a real move for them from very classy to very trendy!

We are currently working on a range of bespoke catwalk inspired pieces, very glamorous but we think timeless for a fantastic new  website. And our on website is getting ready to embrace our AW2013 range including a whole section of our catwalk one off’s!

That said, our next LFW catwalk is scheduled to take place in Feb 2014, so work on our Winter 2014 collection will start in earnest by the end of this month. Always one step ahead, that’s the name of the game.

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Photos: Nico Didonna AW13 collection with Nadia Minkoff London accessories

New arrivals on our asos marketplace boutique

We’ve started listing all our new and exciting one-off bags on our asos marketplace boutique. Loving the pics, loving the bags!  If you are looking for a unique one-off make sure you follow these listings closely, only one of each in most cases.. are you the early bird 🙂 ??? xx