Friday, 13 October 2017

Designer Spotlight // Pichulik Africa

Hello Pichulik Africa!!  The latest designer to hit the Apache Rose virtual boutique is the incredible South African based jewellery designer Pichulik.  Its no secret that here at Apache Rose we have a penchant for jewellery of a tribal nature, and that's why I simply couldn't help myself when I stumbled across this incredible designer on instagram.  With clear inspiration drawn from  traditional African tribal jewellery design, but given a fresh and contemporary twist, these pieces are striking, elegant and hand-made to an exceptional level of quality. Pichulik founder, Katherine-Mary is based from her Cape Town studio, where she creates her eclectic collections using a mixture of ropes, twines and other interesting materials that she finds on a day to day basis.  "The whole ethos of the Pichulik brand is the alchemy of transforming everyday materials, and through touch and craft design, elevating them in to something precious and covetable. As a result, the women wearing these pieces are inspired to be courageous and powerful".  Here we spend 5 minutes talking to Katherine-Mary to find out a little more about where the inspiration for Pichulik comes from.

Where do you draw inspiration for your designs from? Ornamentation- across continents since the neolithic period have been used to mark initiations, gather community, pass on worth and meaning across lineages. Pichulik is inspired by this sacred medium - and wishes to bring back this reverence to contemporary design.The underlying Vision of Pichulik- is to use jewelry as a conduit for knowledge share and aggregating women through storytelling. Each collection we distill a message, a narrative that encourages at its core- self discovery, introspection, self love and acceptance. 

What other designers are you inspired by? Jacque Mus, Celine, Marni

How did you get in to jewellery design? It happened organically when I traveled across Africa, Asia and the Middle East and was inspired by the items I found along the way. After my return to South Africa, I started to experiment with ropes and other materials and that's when PICHULIK was born.

What does the future for PICHULIK hold? In 2018 we are focusing on our presence in international territories, as well as further providing meaningful engagements and content for our community of women.


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Designer Spotlight // Lovers Tempo Jewellery

The latest designer to hit the virtual shelves of the Apache Rose Jewellery Boutique is the fabulous Lovers Tempo.  Based in Vancouver, Canada, we are incredibly proud to be the first official UK stockist of Lovers Tempo Jewellery and feel like we hit the jackpot when we stumbled across their stunning collections.  With a focus on trend inspired designs, there are striking ear jackets, lariat necklaces and chokers handmade using a mixture of freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and Swarovski Crystals with 14ct gold and sterling silver plated finishes.  Classic studs are given a contemporary twist with clever use of geometric shapes and unique palettes of colour.  The Spring/Summer 2017 collection uses a sumptuous combination of pale pink, kelp green and opal white hues to stunning effect. Founded by Designer & Creative Director, Elaine Kim, we were curious to find out a little more about how she comes up with these extraordinary creations.  Scroll down for our latest Designer Spotlight interview featuring the fabulous Elaine Kim of Lovers Tempo...

Where do you draw your inspiration for your designs from?
I love great design in all disciplines.  I'm inspired by graphic design, apparel, architecture, art, interior, industrial design..the list goes on.  And of course, designs and colours found in natural environments as well.  Each season, I try and capture a mood by looking at different design inspirations and drawing out how that would be interpreted through composition and colour in jewelry.  We think of the modern woman as our muse and what she wants to wear and how she wants to express herself. 

What other designers are you inspired by?
Even though my personal style isn't very feminine, I'm drawn to a lot of fashion designers who represent femininity.  Ulla Johnson is one of my favourite designers at the moment.  I'm also very into Australian labels like Lover and Keepsake The Label.  I find Australian designers often create the perfect blend of sophisticated femininity with just the right amount of effortlessness!

How important is it to be ethically minded in today's fashion world?
On a small scale, we're creating a local economy through our brand by creating opportunities through jobs and inspiring others to create businesses in their own communities.  We are involved in every aspect of our business from start to finish so it's a nice feeling to know each of the people we work with from our manufacturers to our retail customers.  Over the last 10 years, as Lover's Tempo has grown so have our partners.  It's a nice feeling to see everyone rise together!   

How did you get into jewellery design?

Growing up I loved painting, drawing, crafting..anything I could do to make something out of nothing.  I studied fine art in University and thought that I would be an artist or curator at a gallery.  I fell into jewelry design while working for a local clothing company in Vancouver.  I began experimenting making pieces for myself.  I found I applied the same principles I had for other more traditional art forms to jewelry design.  I focus on balanced composition and tones of colour.  As I learned more about techniques and materials, the designs evolved and developed.  I guess it has become the new medium in which I can express finding a beautiful balance of composition, colour and of course style. 

What does the future hold for Lover's Tempo?
For us, we love doing what we do and we also feel very passionate about helping others achieve their own success stories.  I think it's so great that the idea of success is a very personal thing that is unique to everyone.  The future of Lover's Tempo is here and we are living it everyday.  We feel lucky to be doing work that we love and that we're able to our passion with others!

Browse the full Lovers Tempo Jewellery Collection here

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Designer Spotlight // Shh By Sadie

If you are looking for fun, vibrant stand-out jewellery for Summer, then look no further than Shh By Sadie, the latest jewellery designer to hit the shelves of the Apache Rose Boutique. Clearly drawing inspiration from tribal designs and patterns, Sadie uses vibrant colours, intricate beading, chunky chains and semi-precious stones to create unique, striking jewellery. Here at Apache Rose we like to delve inside the minds of our talented designers to see what makes them tick. Read on for 5 minutes with the fab Shh By Sadie in our latest designer spotlight.

Where do you draw your inspirations for designs from? Usually from the materials themselves. I play with beads, colours and chains until I find something that makes me say "wow",  and then I make it.

What other designers are you inspired by? I've been a fan of Australian jewellery designer Sollis for a number of years. I used to live in New Zealand and came across her necklaces in a local boutique. I have one of her pieces and the craftsmanship is amazing. I am also a new lover of Italian shoe and handbag designer Gedebe - I can't resist colour, print and a good does of bling!

How important is it to be ethically minded in today's fashion world? Extremely important. I have many friends who campaign for re-use, repairing and re-purposing in the fashion world. One particular friend is a fashion designer who has taken the wasted uniforms from New Zealand Post and re-invented them into gorgeous clothing. I'd never even really considered what happened to old projects until her project! When you realise how much waste is created in the fashion world, you can't help but be horrified and spurred into action.  Of course, it's hard to be the perfect consumer, but little steps like shopping less, shopping more ethically, and buying items that last longer than one season help in a big way.

How did you get into jewellery design? I began teaching myself to make jewellery while my partner was overseas for travel, and I was keeping myself busy! I was living in Wellington, New Zealand, and soon I had made enough jewellery to open an Etsy store, and then next came local markets and local boutique stockists.  It's been a fun, challenging journey, learning everything as I go along, but I love it!

What does the future hold for Shh By Sadie? I'm about to release a brand new collection for Summer, which I'm very excited about - think of exotic prints, patterns and of course plenty of colour!

View the Shh By Sadie Jewellery Collection

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Introducing From St Xavier - Breathtaking Design Direct From Australia

Direct from sunny Australia, the latest collection to hit the shelves of Apache Rose is by up and coming design team - From St Xavier. With designs reflecting ancient beliefs that a fusion of semi-precious stones and metals brings special harmony to the wearer, From St Xavier's latest collection combines the most striking and colourful array of authentic stones. With Summer and festival season upon us, I can't fail to swoon over this eclectic new range. From large cocktail rings and bohemian earrings to chunky cuffs and layered necklaces, the pieces are extremely competitively priced and will inject an element of fun and colour to your Summer wardrobe.  Here's a sneak peak of some of the collection......

Anika Purple Turquoise Ring £25

Cori White Howlite Ring £30

Lani Rose Quartz Ring £35

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Apache Rose Shortlisted As E-tailer Of The Year At The UK Jewellery Awards 2015!

We are very honoured and privileged to announce that we have been shortlisted as E-tailer of the Year at this year's UK Jewellery Awards.  Winners will be announced at the Awards Event on June 17th at The Tower Of London, so watch this space for more information. Fingers crossed!

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Cabinet Studios' Stunning SS15 Jewellery Collection

We're celebrating the imminent arrival of Valentines Day with the breathtaking, brand new Spring/Summer 2015 collection from Cabinet's arrived!!

I simply couldn't resist the insanely beautiful rings in this collection, hence these being the very first rings to ever hit the shelves of Apache Rose. With an elegant combination of rose gold and soft Swarovski crystal tones, this collection oozes warmth and sumptuous Summer pastels. Freshness is brought forward by the rich use of bluey crystal hues.  The oversized Aleta statement stud earrings would make an elegant addition to your Summer evening wardrobe, yet the round Swarovski studs are understated enough to be warn during the day. The Beetle rings look delightful when stacked together on one finger, but are just as striking when warn alone. The crested pendant necklaces bring sophistication to any outfit and would make a versatile addition to any jewellery fan's collection.

This collection, is timeless and elegant with a contemporary twist.  Having arrived just in time for Valentines, it might be time to start hinting at your fellas ladies!

Montana Beetle Ring

Tropical Velvet Aleta Earrings

Antique Pink Crested Pendant

Hematite & Rose Gold Studs

Montana Crystal Erinus Ring

Tanzanite Beetle Ring

Midnight Crested Pendant

Smokey Quartz & Tanzanite Erinus Ring

Midnight Crystal & Rose Gold Studs

Colorado Beetle Ring

Aleta Tail Feather Gold Earrings

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Designer Spotlight // Jewellery by Alice Menter

The next in my 'Designer Spotlight' series sees me talking to the incredible Alice Menter, queen of up-cycling. With her unique eye for design and signature style, Alice crafts beautiful statement jewellery out of every day nuts, bolts and washers and dips them into luxurious golds and silvers to create truly striking, stand-out pieces. Alice Menter's designs have always been a firm favourite amongst the Apache Rose customers since we launched 2.5 years ago. Here we delve a little deeper into her story and find out what inspires her work.

Where do you draw inspiration for your designs from?
I’m a huge fan of old-fashioned glamour and am fascinated by tribal body decoration and adornment.  I’m particularly drawn to surface pattern so my eyes will linger on intricate textures and geometric designs such as vintage beadwork and chainmail. Fashion designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Paco Rabanne - who use pattern in their fabric and cut - get my heart racing too.

How important is it to be ethically minded in today's fashion world?
I think it’s essential.  Upcycling has been at the core of my design process for some time now and I’m glad to see that’s a growing trend.  I believe sourcing materials and labour responsibly is especially important and, as such, each piece of Alice Menter jewellery is handmade in Bristol using materials sourced in the UK.  I’m very keen to support the UK jewellery industry! 

How did you get in to jewellery design?
I dabbled in jewellery making in my late teens, but my heart was always set on working in interior or fashion design.  I went to check out a fashion degree course at Middlesex University but chanced upon the Contemporary Jewellery Design course, got very excited by what people were doing there and enrolled on that instead.   I absolutely loved it and graduated with First Class honours.  Whilst I was there I enjoyed an inspiring research trip to Thailand and work experience doing large-scale metalwork (forging and welding) and working with incredible, contemporary jeweller, Diana Porter – all things that made a real impression on me and my design process.  After leaving university, I worked on my jewellery as a sideline to my day job, but took the plunge to make it my career and launched my label in 2011.

What does the future hold for Alice Menter?
In the past I’ve made some bespoke pieces using nuts, washers, suede and lycra that explore the boundary between jewellery and clothing.  I really enjoyed the process and so I’d love to collaborate with a fashion designer some day to create some larger, more structured pieces for the catwalk.

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