Most of us have been there, found a standout bag, that looks stunning but when you put it over your shoulder you can already feel the weight of it and that’s before you’ve even put your essential items in there. For founder of Apede Mod, Claudia Lin, it was a problem she'd not only experienced, but wanted to rectify, saying, "It’s hard to find a lightweight bag that is stylish yet functional!" So with Apede Mod, Lin created the solution.
Apede Mod are stunning lightweight bags that don’t compromise on style for practicality, whilst blurring the lines between masculine and feminine. With qualities that are traditionally associated with feminine bags; intricate leather detailing, bright colours and luxury and bringing in features more associated with masculine bags, such as the clean lines and multifunctional compartments, the result? It’s feminine meets masculine, elegance meets utility” say the designer.
With quality being of the utmost of importance to the Lin, “Every fabric, every zipper and every stitch is handpicked and done by true artisans.” For the perfect bag in both design and quality, that you'll be able to wear everyday and years from now, look no further than Apede Mod.
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TELL NO LEYES
Looking for a classic and sustainable handbag line? Tell No Leyes is the perfect brand for you. Founder and designer April Paterson was at The Palace of Versailles when she fell in love with the mouldings, so much so that she decided to create a brand that would feature these details on the products in her collection but unusually creating them within the body of the material using leather moulding technology. Paterson has drawn a fine line between minimalist and luxury in her collection that is also sustainable.
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The prints featured in Zhang's collection resemble water and rumble fish whilst the silhouettes used in her designs further tell the story of female empowerment. Creating a dialogue and bringing together the style of the East and West, as well as the Chinese and Western cultures, her collection and talent is truly remarkable.
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ASHLEY CARSON DESIGNS
After taking the jewelry class in Florida, Carson began designing pieces for herself and was amazed by the amount of women who loved her pieces, so much so that they literally bought them straight off of her body! In 2014, Carson moved from Florida to New York and now resides in Los Angeles where she sells her namesake brand, Ashley Carson
Shop Ashley Carson's trendy yet timeless jewellery that celebrities like Hailey Baldwin have been seen wearing as well as pieces that have been featured on the runway at New York and Paris Fashion Week.
For more information visit: www.ashleycarsondesigns.com
Posh Totty is a very special jewellery company that founder Alice River Crips created in 2004 that focuses on the three elements of personalisation, that being honesty, empowerment and positivity. With their core values revolving around creating meaningful pieces that go against our fast-fashion, consumerist culture by making gorgeous pieces with the emphasis on creating jewellery, “We feel (is) part of a meaningful process. We believe that a purchase should hold significance for our customers, and continue to do so for years to come."
In 2002 and with just $60 in her pocket, Crips moved to Mexico, eventually finding work with a group of local Mayan jewellers. Here she says, “I was taught the basics of jewellery making, which planted the seed for my future career. After nearly two years I finally earned enough money to pay for a flight back home to the UK.” With her new skills of making jewelry and full of inspiration, Posh Totty was born. Creating pieces that are fully customisable with names, dates and birthstones.
Posh Totty even has a collection in partnership with Women for Women, named 'Share A Hug' with proceeds going to the charity. Women for Women are working to support women and children affected by war and conflict.
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If you're in the market for statement fine jewellery made with 24 KT gold or sterling silver with gem stones and some with Swarovski, you need to check out Gerogina Herrera. All her pieces carry a flower design symbolic of Herrera’s Mexican heritage. Stunning pieces that are vibrant, yet classic, statement and empowering that represent the designers pride in her culture and her zest for life. Herrera has even created incredible wearable body jewellery such as a beaded vest that is nothing short of a work of art. With such a beautiful array of fine jewellery within her collection, there truly is a piece for everyone.
For more information visit: www.georginaherrera.com
Rooted in Syrian, Turkish and Kurdish roots, these are evident in the pieces drawing on inspiration from her rich textile legacy of these two cultures.
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