Here at AMHQ, a few of us consider ourselves ‘runners’ and not just for the bus! So much so that our very own bespoke manager, Susie Lee has decided to run the London Marathon this year! Susie will be running for a fantastic charity and will raising money for The Haven. The Haven provides vital, free of charge support for breast cancer patients across the UK. You can read more about their work here.
To help as much money as she can for The Haven, Susie has been hard at work bringing together our very first Goldcrest fine jewellery trunk show, that will see 50% of the proceeds from each piece sold, go to The Haven.
I have had the pleasure of helping Susie train for her very first marathon alongside my own training. Those 5am cold, winter mornings where even the sun refused to shine before 7am and enjoyed a sleep in, were grueling but satisfying and worth it, to help run for such a life changing charity. Good luck Susie and to everyone who will be running the London Marathon!
If you fancy challenging yourself this year with a run to remember. We have collaborated with Nike to design the 10k race ‘We Own The Night’ finishers medal. More information can be found here.
You can donate directly to Susie, please visit here donation page here.
I don’t know about you, but we can’t quite believe it’s nearly December! And that means it’s time to think about Christmas shopping…….
We have lots planned to help you out, the only trouble will be deciding where, and when to start!
First up, is this Thursday, the 1st of December, when we have two events planned:
Head to Harrods to “Meet the Masters” from 5-8pm. Say hello to Alex and a whole host of other amazing designers……
Come and check out Harrods' amazing jewellery hall.
While this is going, we will also rather excitingly, be holding our *only* Trunk Show this Christmas at Ede & Ravenscroft in Chancery Lane!
Members of our team will be on hand to advise, and I believe the lovely ladies at Ede & Ravenscroft will be keeping you refreshed with champagne…… The Trunk Show runs from 4-8pm and Alex will be calling in to say hello here too.
Trunk Show delights at Ede & Ravenscroft.
Following on swiftly from this is our open studio event in Iliffe Yard, on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th.
This is a great opportunity to visit lots of designer’s studios around the Pullens Yards, and we will be selling off slight-seconds at bargain prices. (please note that there will be no first-quality stock available at this sale)
Find us at number 9a Iliffe Yard.
Next up is the launch of our *exclusive* Black Chrysanthemum collection at Liberty, which makes it’s debut on Friday 9th December. Alex will be in-store, alongside members of our team to advise and help you pick your dream piece. (The AM team will also be around on Saturday 10th)
It’s a darker twist on the sophisticated Chrysanthemum collection, making the pieces a bit more edgy……I think these pearl earrings might be my favourite:
Sneak preview from our Ruthenium plated Chrysanthemum range.
For our North London residents, Alex & Family will be at the Primrose Hill Designer Sale on Saturday 10th December, from 10-6pm.
This is held at St Mary-the-Virgin Church on Elsworthy Road, and again, we will only be selling seconds here.
This is a really cute little sale and great for pressie buying!
For all of our fans who aren’t residing in London, be sure to keep an eye on our website, as for the second year we will be running our ’12 Days of Christmas’! This was a huge success last year, and very exciting, as it really is a case of being quick off the mark – numbers are very limited……
It’s all very top-secret, and I haven’t even seen all of the pieces yet, but here’s an ultra-sneak preview that happened to pass my way……
(.....just don't tell anyone I showed you!!)
We will also be launching new Trunk Show pieces soon, with a magical wintery theme.
PHEW! Think that’s about it……oh and somewhere in amongst all of that we will be opening our FIRST EVER SHOP!!
Number 37 Snowsfields.
We have yet to set a date, so keep your eyes firmly fixed on our website for news.
Finally, we have been doing some celeb-spotting, and it seems like Feathers are the way to go this party season…..
The next month or so is going to be pretty manic here at AMHQ, but that’s not going to stop us from having some fun too……
We have SIX Trunk Shows planned over the few weeks, they are all London and Brighton based, so apologies to anyone further afield, but hopefully there will be a time & place for you! Each store has be assigned their own piece (check out the images….) which will be available only there – so doubly exclusive!
First up is Little 15, next Thursday, the 18th of November. They are on Cullum Street in the City, and it all kicks off from Midday until 8pm. Little 15 will be offering an amazing 20% off Alex Monroe (excluding the Trunk Show pieces)
Only at Little 15: Tiny Butterfly & Blackberry Loop Necklace, £144
On Saturday the 20th November we will be at Silverado in Brighton, for some fun with Tea, Cakes and Champagne! Silverado are offering 15% off Alex Monroe, and a goodie bag with purchase. There will also be a raffle for one of our cute Key Necklaces.
Silverado's special piece: Posy and Bird Heart Necklace, £135
Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of November we will be at Fenwick on Bond Street, who have a great new jewellery department, so we are looking forward meeting everyone who comes along.
Exclusive to Fenwick: Poppy & Cornelian Loop Necklace £144
Thursday the 2nd of December, we have double events! We are at Ede & Ravenscroft, Chancery Lane and Sefton on Upper Street. Both events are running from 4-8pm, with some rather fabulous refreshments! Check out their exclusives here:
We all really enjoy getting out and about visiting our lovely stockists and meeting customers, so do come along and say hello!
Lastly, we can now also reveal that from Monday we will be auctioning this AMAZING Ring to raise money for the BBKA……
Burt's Bees / BBKA Limited Edition Honeybee Ring
We have collaborated with Burt’s Bees (who by the way, make the best lip balm ever!) on this exciting project, to promote their new Radiance range of products. The Ring is one of a very limited number, and is a mix of Silver and Gold-Plate, with three Diamonds and a honey coloured Sapphire. All proceeds from the auction will go to the BBKA to help the plight of the British Honey Bee.
The auction runs from the 15th November – 15th December, so that someone will have the chance of receiving a very special Christmas present! The winner will also receive a Burt’s Bees Radiance kit.
Burt's Bees Radiance Kit
There will also be opportunities in the New Year to win this exclusive Ring, but the auction will be the only way of securing one. When the bidding finishes, we will make the Ring especially for the winner, in their size.
PHEW – There is still more news, but I think that will have to be it for now!
We have absolutely loads of news for you, but the run-up to any trade show or event is usually pretty frantic, so there hasn’t been too much time for blogging lately……
So, yesterday it was time to launch our new collection ‘Daisy Bell’ at London Fashion Week, and it was met with a great response from our buyers and the press….
Alex has been busy at the bench designing and making some extra-cute new pieces, all themed around a countryside picnic, with the old song ‘Daisy Bell’ being his initial inspiration. I’m sure everyone must know it, “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, I’m half crazy all for the love of you……..”
The collection won’t hit the shops until Spring, but here’s a little tease of what you can expect…..
As this collection won’t be available for a little while, don’t forget that there are some great Alex Monroe events coming up…..
London Fashion Week-End happens twice a year, and is a great opportunity to pick up lots of designer bargains. We will of course be there, with discounts on Classics and some great bargains too. It runs from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th September. Be warned – you do need to buy a ticket to attend, so check out the official website here.
While that’s all going on in London, I’m off to the west country next Saturday (25th September) where I will be visiting the lovely Bloomsbury team at their Cabot Circus store in Bristol with some brand-new Trunk Show pieces! The store is open from 10am – 7pm so come along and say hello and grab yourself a one-off Alex Monroe design.
As I said, we have lots of news, so as always, watch this space!
We were very surprised and of course thrilled, to hear on Monday that we have been shortlisted – by public vote – in Sheerluxe’s first ever Online Shopping Awards!
Sheerluxe is a fantastic interactive shopping guide, so we feel really honoured that their subscribers have voted for us – a great big THANK YOU if you voted for us!
And now for the favour…….! It would obviously be great if we could sit this trophy next to our ‘E-Tailer of the Year’ award, so we would LOVE it if you could vote for us in our category of ‘Best Fine Jewellery Online’…..To do so, just click this link! There are a lot of categories, but you can just vote for ours if you like!!
You will need to sign up to Sheerluxe, but you can opt in or out of their newsletters, which often contain great offers or discounts, infact, we have previously offered 15% off at alexmonroe.com with Sheerluxe.
In other news, Alex has readjusted to life back on his feet after two weeks on his bicycle, and is in the workshop as I type making new pieces……. We have got lots of exciting projects on the go at the moment, so as always, watch this space for news!
We are constantly sending out Jewellery at the moment, and have new stockists in: Aberdeen, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Liege, Munich, Paris and Waterford – amongst others! We try and keep the stockists page of the site as up to date as possible, so don’t forget to check for your nearest store selling Alex Monroe! Overseas customers just need to click on the little globe.
We have to confess that our Trunk Show page has been looking a little bit sad over the last couple of weeks – we just couldn’t keep up with demand for the Fruity pieces – but I am now very excited to say that we are going TROPICAL!! Check out this little beauty……
Stunning Dragonfly & Rhodolite Ring with a tiny Diamond.
And our next actual Trunk Show is at Bloomsbury in Bristol, to celebrate their 2nd Birthday. The date for your diary is Saturday the 25th of September, and I will be in-store to offer advice and an insight into life at Alex Monroe HQ!
As usual life at AM HQ is non-stop! Alex is currently pedaling away on his epic voyage from Land’s End to John O’Groats whilst Emma is taking a well deserved break in sunny Spain…..
But I don’t mind because this weekend I will be heading to the Seaside myself!!!
Our next fabulous Trunk Show Event will be hitting Silverado’s gorgeous Flagship Store in the heart of Brighton this Saturday 10th July!!!
The event will not only allow you to have a sneeky peek at our latest collection ‘The Peacock and The Crow’ but most importantly a chance to grab yourselves an exciting ‘one-off’ piece from our exclusive Trunk Show Collection.
Here is a little teaser of some of the pieces we will be taking along……….
Ooh Argh Captain!
Remember, each Trunk Show piece is a complete ‘one-off’ so when they are gone, they’re gone!!
And if there is something that catches your eye, you not only get the chance to win a cute Gold Baby Bee Necklace but walk away with a fantastic goody bag full of treats!!
Come along to 31 Bond Street, Brighton. I will be there helping out so please come and join me for a glass of champagne and a delicious cupcake or two……!
Have we got a treat for you this Friday afternoon! First up is a new archive charm collection just posted on the website. For this, we’ve brought together a collection of our favourite charms from past and present, and crafted them in a beautiful solid 18ct yellow gold.
Adorable little dog charm
There are so many to pick from. You can opt for a loose charm if you want to add it to your own chain, or alternatively choose a matching solid 18ct yellow gold bracelet or necklace to wear it on. Plus, if you’re finding it hard to decide, Ulrikke has created her perfect charm bracelet to act as inspiration.
The acorn charm on a bracelet
That’s not all though! Susie L has been feverishly working through the heat today to put up some new Trunkshow pieces. Don’t dawdle though, because these new fruity wonders are sure to get snapped up quickly!
A sneak peek at one of the new fruity Trunkshow pieces
As our studio is a bit out of the way, we love it when we have shopping events and get the chance to meet our lovely customers. So thank you to everyone who came along to our pop-up shop at Penhaligon’s on Tuesday, we all had a great day!
We had lots of great support from like-minded companies which really made the day complete. We of course love Penhaligon’s who kindly let us use their consultation room for the shop, and by the end of the day we were all smelling beautiful and fully converted from wearing ‘designer’ fragrances.
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden
We really wanted to create an ideal shopping experience, and Matt and Marc from Planet of the Grapes gave us some lovely fizz for everyone to sip as they browsed. We also gave a goodie bag with every purchase, which contained some little treats for the way home – Burt’s Chips and Frü Puds.
There seems to be quite a bit of excitement about our new ‘Peacock & the Crow’ collection, so don’t worry if you couldn’t make it along, as it will be uploaded onto the site in the next couple of weeks – keep your eyes peeled! But in the mean time, here are some images from the day:
Peacock & the Crow display, complete with Black & Gold Birdcages!
A goblet of Earrings.
The setting of Penhaligon's really created an atmosphere for the Jewellery.
Classic Alex Monroe pieces.
Yesterday we took it in turns to whizz off to Little 15 in Cullum Street to help out Jutta with her launch of the collection, but it was too busy to take any pics!
Susie is going to be up bright and early tomorrow to visit Silverado’s new Lewes shop for a Trunk Show – lots of lovely one-offs as usual, and Silverado will also have the ‘Peacock & the Crow’ in stock. We will be back down at their Brighton store on Saturday the 10th of July.
We are looking forward to Alex’s return from Japan to hear all about what he’s been up to, but in the mean time, look who we’ve spotted wearing AM recently!
New X-Factor presenter Konnie Huq wears a Dragonfly Necklace.
And we think Kimberley Walsh looks great in our Peacock Feather Earrings.
I’m off to visit Bloomsbury in Bristol this Thursday, the 6th of May, for our first West Country Trunk Show!
All the gang at Bloomsbury are very excited, and I can’t wait for everyone to see the selection of pieces we are taking – there are lots of extra-pretty stone set pieces that are especially gorgeous!
The event is running all day, from 10-8pm, so plenty of opportunity to come and say hello and bag yourself a one-off Alex Monroe piece. Bloomsbury will also be fully stocked with Feathers, Bees and the like – and are also running a competition to win a Bumblebee, so if you haven’t got one already pop in and see if you’re in luck!
Come and see us!
The store is in the new Cabot Circus development in the centre of Bristol, in the Quakers Friars area. Hope to see you there, Emma x