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EC One’s annual Unsigned Competition to find the best emerging graduate Jewellery talent
Paris Fashion Week A/W 2015
Last Friday saw our buyers Alison Skeates and Charlotte Kimber head to sunny Paris to seek out the best new jewellery designers! Attending all the major shows our buyers were on the hunt for the most covetable jewellery this Autumn/Winter to adorn yourself with and fill your jewellery boxes. Trawling Premiere Classe our Head Buyer Alison was instantly drawn to the glittering cuffs by Thot Giolielli. AW15 sees the brand draw upon the opulent jewels of the Roman Empire, with the striking cuffs making an instant update to any LBD. The resin cuffs reminded us of vintage Chanel cuffs that used to be made in Ivory and studded with gold and gemstones.
Our buyers met with Ruth Sibbald from jewellery brand Zoe & Morgan, where elaborate feather necklaces and shooting star earrings are on the agenda for AW15. Zoe & Morgan’s SS15 collection will be arriving in store this week so watch this space for more rope textured love tokens, shop the current collection now.
Jewellery designer Fiona Paxton can be relied upon for her bold statement pieces, with her jewellery blending textitiles with tribal body adornment. The hardest thing when selecting from Fiona Paxton is what to chose as there are so many covetable pieces, of course our Buyers use it as an excuse to try everything on! They particularly liked the chain draped collars and exstravagant feather earrings. Our Head Buyer Alison has several of Fiona Paxton’s eye-catching necklaces in her wardrobe, shop our edit of Fiona Paxton’s jewellery here.
One of our favourite jewellery designers Joanna Cave has developed some exciting new pebble jewellery, drawing on the landscape of the Aegan Islands she grew up on. The smooth forms are bought to life with coloured enamels, we particularly liked her whimsical initial charms for bracelets and necklaces. This season sees Joanna Cave use the positive and negative form of the pebble, with her signature organic texture and rustic vibe. Joanna Cave’s SS15 collections have already arrived in store, you can shop her classic jewellery collections online.
They then headed over to the box to catch up with jewellery designer Douglas Poon who has added to his Lucite jewellery collection with more extravagant cocktail rings, we are excited to be Douglas Poon’s only UK stockist shop his collection here.
After all that hard work trying on jewellery our buyers Alison and Charlotte had a pit stop meeting at Le Pain Quotidien for copious amounts of bread and cheese, all washed down with their delicous fresh lemon and mint juice.
The final show our buyers visited was Trannoi, regarded as the most fashion forward of all the French Trade shows. It was there our buyers met with Julie Hannay from jewellery brand John & Pearl. Fifty Shades of Grey may be the hot topic at the moment but it was the three shades of grey for John & Pearl’s silk ribbons that was on our buyer’s minds metal grey, charcoal or silver?
Alison and Charlotte’s final stop of the day was a showroom visit to meet with L.A. jewellery designer Zoe Chicco. Diamonds are a girls best friend and Zoe Chicco’s timeless and fresh fine jewellery is the ideal investment. Our buyers used the opportunity to try on all of Zoe Chicco’s must have pieces, they particularly liked the three diamond necklace modelled by Alison below. Alison and Charlotte also enjoyed trying on Zoe Chicco’s numerous ear cuffs and jackets. There has been a trend in ear adornment and Zoe Chicco’s jewellery is the perfect fusion of elegance and cool. We currently stock an edit of Zoe Chicco’s classic jewellery pieces which feature geometric lines and shapes studded with diamonds, explore the collection here.
Whilst meeting Zoe Chicco, we were also introduced to vintage styled jewellery brand Workhorse jewels. Workhorse Jewels is a collaboration between Zoe Chicco and twin sisters Amber and Nicole from Archive Jewelry. It draws on the antique inspired world of Archive Jewlery, unearthing flea market and heirloom jewellery finds, turning them in to provocative pieces intended to act as the “Workhorse” in your jewellery box. Our Buyers loved the moon and star trinket style rings and the sword necklace.
After a hard day’s work of trying on jewellery our buyers boarded the Eurostar and headed back to London. There is a lot to look forward to for AW15, we wonder which of our buyers favourite pieces will be hitting EC One’s shelves. Keep up to date with all our jewellery designers and SS15’s new arrivals and shop new in.
Voting for the Three Finalists of EC One’s Graduate Design Competition, ‘Unsigned 2014’, closes at midnight tonight, on Tuesday 4th, so hurry to cast your cast & be directly involved in this fantastic award!
This year we’ve had a tremendous array of entries, from pretty to edgy; architectural to rebellious; delicate to minimalist. We’ve been impressed by the innovation and skill of all the designers, as well as the sheer breadth of ideas, and we can’t wait to see which three you will choose!
Once the EC One customers have picked their final three, Jos and Ali will chose a wild card. These four designers will then present their work to our panel of judges. This year, these include: London-based Jewellery Designer, Tomasz Donocik; Kathryn Bishop, editor-in-chief of Professional Jeweller magazine; Kate Baxter, from jewellery advice blog ‘The Cut’; Katie Jamieson, our 2012 Unsigned Winner; and – of course – our Director, Jos!
The lucky winner will have the chance to sell their jewellery collection with us, with full marketing and design advice from EC One – a fantastic opportunity for any budding new designer!
EC One have been voted one of London’s 50 Best Boutiques by our favourite weekend style supplement: ‘The Telegraph’s’ STELLA magazine.
Carrying the most stylish designers and cult brands, we’re flattered to be included amongst this assortment of gorgeous Independents, especially as competition in our capital is so fierce!
To see Stella’s full list, click here…
International Jewellery London ( IJL ) is the biggest event in the UK Jewellery Trade Calendar with hundreds of designers from international brands, to growing independents and emerging new talent. Our buyer Charlotte headed down to meet some of our fantastic existing designers and seek out new talent to sparkle in your jewellery boxes.
Our previous Unsigned winners Myia Bonner(2010) and Clarice Price Thomas (2011) were showing off their fabulous designs. Clarice has launched a new collection called Metropolis, based upon 1920’s style architecture and bold lines from the Bauhaus movement. We think these striking pieces will look great with the hot structured tailoring trend for AW13.
We also saw our 2012 Unsigned winner Katie Jamieson who formed part of IJL’s Kick Start group showcasing new designers. Katie has developed her signature of sharp lines and vibrant colours with fractured surfaces with splash of coloured enamel. We love them and cant wait to get them in store!
The sparkling diamond set jewellery of Ungar & Ungar is too good to resist, a brand steeped in heritage that reflects in their designs. We already stock a selection of Ungar & Ungar’s signature delicate floral and scroll eternity rings and found it hard to resist trying on a few more during the show!
They were plenty of other designers who caught our eye, hopefully we will be sharing their work with you in time for Christmas!
As the one-stop guide for all your London activity, attraction and shopping advice, EC One are thrilled to be featured in TimeOut’s ‘Best Shops of 2013’!
Purveyor of only the most inspiring independent shops, stores and boutiques, this guide is for all you Londoners in the know! To read more about our “magpie’s eye for good design”, click here…
Clarice Price Thomas won EC One Unsigned 2011 with her debut collection “Time”. Her prize was to have EC One as her first stockist along with valuable advise from Ali and Jos who have over 40 years of jewellery marketing and design experience between them. We met Clarice for a coffee to talk about her experience of winning Unsigned.
What Was The Best Thing About Winning Unsigned?
It was Ali and Jos’ advice on things I’d not had help with before, like pricing and design. As the daughter of a watch and clock-maker I think I had that unique idea for my jewellery but I didn’t know what to do next. Ali and Jos helped me refine it into something really special with good price points and all of the logistical things I hadn’t really thought about! They have helped me get a lot further than I could have otherwise.
What was it about your watches and Dad’s workshop that inspired you?
I love watch-making machines and tools, especially the milling machines and the lathes. Traditional watch-making tools are amazing. In Dad’s workshop there are draws full of old watch movements, cogs and gears. I used to spend hours taking apart (and trying to put back together) old watches. I still use his workshop to cut the cogs and gears for my jewellery.
How did you hear about Unsigned?
I heard about it in 2010 when Myia Bonner won. I loved her work and I was interested to follow her progress throughout the year. I noticed how quickly she was moving forward compared to other graduates. I didnt want to miss out and I had nothin to loose, so I entered Unsigned in 2011!
What is your advice for this year’s entrants to Unsigned?
A clean, sharp image that sums up your work is really important. Choose something big and showy, which draws people in and tells your story in one image. If you get picked to be in the top ten, which you just hope for, you have to push it on facebook and get as much support as you can from friends and family. Then if you can get through that, its all about impressing the judges!
What is your favourite piece from your “Time” Collection?
The piece I like to wear is a medium gold cog ring. I also wear some of the statement pieces like the big Tick and Tock earrings, but it is this ring that is my “easy to wear” piece which goes with anything.