All posts tagged: Ones to Watch

Ones’ to Watch: Olivia Burton

If you happen to know me, you are probably aware that one of my favorite accessories (after years of going without one and relying on my mobile phone instead) is my trusted  Cluse watch. I am absolutely in love with its minimal design and ‘barely there’ sensation and am seldomly caught without it. That said, I have lately been itching to buy another, something with a slightly more ‘feminine’ vibe to it – possibly in rose gold, with some sort of nude or pastel strap. The obvious choice would be to stick with Cluse and maybe get a couple of the, exchangeable, straps while at it – right? Wrong… Enter Olivia Burton. Founded in London, by two best friends, back in 2011, the label makes some of the most gorgeously feminine watches I have come across. Case in point: its Abstract Florals collection which had me reeling. I mean, how beautiful is this? If the 38mm dial (above) came with a leather strap (which it doesn’t, unfortunately) I would have gone ahead and bought it …

Ones to Watch: ‘Meet the Cat’ Jewelry

Ioanna Koulouris was born and raised in Athens, as part of a very artistic family (her mother owned a clothing atelier, while her father was a self-taught handyman). She studied Statistics at the University of Piraeus and, upon graduating, worked in advertising until 2005 – when she, thankfully, decided to change career paths. She went back to her mother’s atelier, attended art seminars, experimented with different forms & materials and eventually designed her first collection and founded her own company: ‘Meet the Cat’. Using a range of both conventional & unconventional materials such as wood , rubber & cement (!) Ioanna creates original, alternative, statement jewelry pieces – which will add that certain je ne sais quoi to even the plainest of outfits. Just look at some of her earlier work: Her latest (SS2015) collection, AZTECAH, features “geometric cuts of gold, silver and pink gold-plated brass, embroidered with colorful threads” and is (as its name clearly implies) inspired by the art of the Aztecs. Here’s some of my favorite pieces, for your viewing pleasure: The …

Ones’ to Watch: Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier

I’ve got a new, favorite (dream – unless I win the lottery) jeweller: the talented Parisian Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier. Having started designing in her grandparents’ atelier, she recently (2013) celebrated her 2oth year anniversary in collab with Swarovski crystals (which she has used in her designs, since the beginning). A look at her website will leave you breathless (both because of the designs and some of the price tags), but is well worth it. You are bound to find favorite pieces (both classic and edgier) in most, if not all, of her 38 current collections – which, I guarantee you are gonna be dreaming of and lusting after for days to come. To give you an idea, here’s a few of the (multitude of) things I loved: [Jewellery Images © Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier]

Ones to Watch: Klaidra Jewelry

After (what I’ll admit has been) a long time, “Ones to Watch’ is back with another extra- special design duo: the sisters, Klairi & Faidra Gaspari. Klairi & Faidra have, according to their own account, always been interested in making things -especially those they’d love to wear but couldn’t find in stores. A couple of years back they decided to share their passion with all of us and… the rest is history. Velvet, leather, suede & feathers combine with tassels & pom pons to create the most amazing jewelry – which immediately lifts even the simplest of outfits. You can find more about Klaidra (including info on stockists) here and you can also purchase some of their designs online here. {All images © Klaidra}

Ones to Watch: Kat Blink Jewels

One of the top 5 things I’ll be checking out, next time I’m in Athens is hip, Greek jewelry label Kat Blink Jewels. Founder Katerina Kallinoglou launched the label back in 2010 and has since seen her designs featured in major fashion magazines & worn by Greek & foreign models & celebs alike. Her eclectic collection, comprised of unique designs set in gold, silver & copper is available in select stores (Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Antiparos & Miami Beach). For more details you can visit the label website or follow Kat Blink on Facebook and/or Twitter.