Tag Archive: Milan

  • Visit to Italy and events in the UK……

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    As many of you will know, Alex is often inspired by his travels, and our ‘Calabria’ collection of several years ago is testament to this, with the swallows, flowers and leaves of Alex’s Italian holiday destination captured forever in pieces such as this….

    But sadly we don’t really sell to many shops in Italy, so when we were invited to participate in an event in Milan celebrating the best of British jewellery, we jumped at the chance!

    So… a capsule collection of Alex Monroe is now available at the exclusive La Rinascente department store in Milan, in their ‘Design Supermarket’…..

    Display at 'The Queen's Jewels'

    Classic Alex Monroe designs at the Design Supermarket.

    The pop-up shop is called ‘The Queen’s Jewels’ as it of course coincided with the Jubilee.  It was great to check out the variety of work from the other UK designers chosen….we especially liked Sam Ubhi, Jianhui, The Branch and Livia Firth – who was in attendance speaking (in Italian!) about her Eco projects.

    Here's me with our display in the store.

    I decided to take this as a great opportunity to catch up with all of our friends in Milan…..

    First stop was the Conde Nast offices.....

    Federica is the jewellery editor for Vogue Gioiello and I was also very pleased to spot her wearing our Baby Bee when she spoke at La Rinascente! Federica wrote this report on the event.

    Federica wearing her Baby Bee!

    (Thank you also to Glamour also wrote this, and to Elle Decoration who wrote this)

    Next up was Giulia at her store, Au Cabaret Vert, which is named after one of her best customer’s favourite poems!

    Giulia in the shop, wearing her Dragonfly!

    Me checking out the jewellery....

    Au Cabaret Vert have recently moved to 14 Via San Maurilo, and their big re-opening is actually this Thursday! (14th June – details below)

    Then I went to see new stockist, Suite 123…..and there may have been an ice cream along the way……!!

    Inside Suite 123

    Cristina, Me and Rosita.

    A big THANK YOU to everyone in Italy who made me feel so welcome!

    Oh, and after all of that I popped down to the beautiful coastal town of Alassio....

    Meanwhile, back in the UK, everyone was Jubilee crazy! We launched our Best of British collection to an AMAZING response…..

    Suzy.A took a trip down to Brighton to visit our good friends at Silverado, who put on a lovely launch and Trunk Show event……

    Michelle, Suzy.A and Emma.

    And our Boutique was so busy it was almost bursting at the seams! Here’s Jutta and Beth in a quieter moment….

    Beth and Jutta flying the flag!

    Great news for anybody who hasn’t made it down to see us at our London Bridge Boutique yet…..as of the 16th June – WE ARE NOW OPEN ON SATURDAYS! YAY!

    Our Saturday opening hours are 11am – 5pm, and to celebrate our first ever Saturday, the first 10 customers on the day will receive a goodie bag with purchase. We are 2 minutes from the lovely Bermondsey Street, and 10 minutes from Borough Market, so there’s plenty of foodie treats in the area too.

    Hope you can make it down to see us some time,

    Emma x

     

     

  • Epic catch up from Emma!

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    Wow, our feet have hardly touched the ground this year! But we are now settled in Snowsfields, and the boutique is getting busier by the day….

    We had our press launch a couple of weeks ago, which was great fun, and it finally made us feel ready to shout about our little shop!

    We’ve had some great on-line press and blog posts since the event, with some of our favourites being Adorn, Velo-City Girl and You & Your Wedding.

    Suzy.A and myself on the day - image courtesy of Adorn London.

    We made up some amazing goodie bags, which we couldn’t have done without the help of Penhaligon’s, Clipper Teas, Cazenove & Loyd and Burt’s Bees…..plus we snuck in one of our Jubilee inspired “All the Best” necklaces…… We will be offering three chances to win one of these goodie bags, in-store, on Facebook, and on Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled for more details.

    "All the Best" Necklace, £165

    This Necklace is from Our ‘Best of British’ collection, which will be going out to stores across the UK in May.

    We will be launching the range at 37 Snowsfields on the 31st May, all day until 8pm…..so come along and join us for some Jubilee style celebrations!

    Another event we have coming up is with Astley Clarke – to celebrate the expansion of their range of Alex Monroe. It is next Thursday the 17th of May, from 6.30 – 8.30pm. RSVP via email: events@astleyclarke.com

    I visited New York back in February, which seems so long ago now! We are hoping to expand Stateside soon, so I was visiting possible trade shows for us to exhibit at……

    Out and about in NYC on a sunny Sunday...

    Then off to my favourite diner for some brunch, B Bar & Grill….I discovered it on my first trip to New York, and now always have to pay it a visit!

    40 East 4th Street At Bowery.

    Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon.

    The trip was also a great opportunity to check out potential stores to sell in, with my favourites being Love, Adorned on 269 Elizabeth Street and Catbird in Brooklyn. Do get in touch if you have a favourite U.S store that you think Alex Monroe would be a perfect fit with!

    219 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.

    Inside the shop.....

    Not on the jewellery line, but another great shop is Fishs Eddy….kind of like a quirky Habitat…..and when I got back to London I discovered that Liberty had just started stocking a selection from them!

    Fishs Eddy.

    Italian Floral Wine Glasses.

    I also met some lovely people…..Charlotte and Ben Taylor from UK fashion label Charlotte Taylor….check out their amazing prints…..and Caitlin from Cosmo and Harper’s Bazaar kindly showed me around their jaw-dropping offices…..

    WOW!

    Caitlin at her desk.

    Next stop for us will be Milan for a showcase of British designers at department store, La Rinascente. This starts on 31st May, and runs until the 24th June, so Italian fans of Alex Monroe will have the opportunity to buy pieces in this exclusive Milan store.

    Event at La Rinascente in celebration on the Diamond Jubilee.

    Finally, for anyone who has watched the ITV series ‘Scott & Bailey’ and wondered about the necklace Lesley Sharp’s character wears….we can confirm that it is our lovely little Baby Bee!

    Lesley in "Scott & Bailey".

    And we also loved this Vogue shoot with Florence Welch wearing our White Topaz Bud Earrings…..

    Vogue, January 2012.

    White Topaz Bud Hook Earrings.

     

    PHEW! Ok, I’m done. Bye for now!

    Emma x