Accessorize This: Gaudion Bowerbank

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Gaudion Bowerbank
by Denise Grayson

Gaudion Bowerbank may sound like an investment firm and in a way, this curated online jewellery marketplace with a difference could be seen as a smart place to put your money.

The London-based studio-boutique was co-founded in 2009 by friends Claire Gaudion and Kelly Bowerbank, both London College of Fashion grads who previously worked as a fashion design assistant and stylist, respectively. The duo collaborated to create a new retail experience, a compelling alternative to mass production. By working with and supporting emerging jewellery talent they are able to offer products on a made-to-order basis.

Working from small studios, the designers devote fine materials, years of expertise, and the hours of workmanship needed to craft the orders by hand, one at a time.

Kelly Bowerbank explains: "We knew that selling only made to order would be a little controversial. The narrative we provide about our designers and their creations allow customers to really identify whether a piece is right for them. Does its story speak to you? Does it excite you? If so, then you know what you're buying is a real investment piece, and if you're going to wear it for a lifetime then who cares if you have to wait for it to arrive?"

The shop currently represents seven designers with diverse styles at a range of price points from the affordable to luxury, though each piece really is luxury in the true sense of the word. Clients can see how their piece is made in the site’s ‘In the Studio’ section and the merely curious can gain an appreciation as to why a seemingly simple item costs what it does. The design process is documented with sketches, glimpses into the designer’s workspace and a diary that details inspirations and explains tools, materials and techniques.

Now that’s a great return on investment.

Photos credited to Gaudion Bowerbank


Jewellery designer Heather Kosch in her studio


Aurora Necklace of clear plexi, copper, blood wood and brass bolts. By Heather Kosch

Silver Wave Bangle by LauraJayneStrand


Ruby Browning’s Symmetry Bib in leather


Dancing Squares Ring in gold by Mayza Joao

Denise Grayson is our Accessories Editor and she also writes about fashion at The Swelle Life.

26 comments:

StuddedLilly said...

this is such a wonderful concept..it makes it so much more intimate and personal..great post!

xjess

Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

OMG I must have the wave bracelet STAT.

Blink London said...

I've been doing a course with these guys at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and we think they have a really fantastic concept. Such beautiful accessories too. we're hoping to have an interview with them for the "Blink" blog so watch out on the "Blink" blog!
http://www.blinklondon.com/

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

What a wonderful process and gorgeous unique result!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

The bib necklace is SUCH a statement piece!

Walk The Sand said...

The silver bracelet is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
x

drollgirl said...

that silver bracelet is DIVINE.

Melissa Blake said...

Wow, how interesting!! :)

DailyDivaDish said...

I love this concept. It makes any piece from them so truly special.
XO Piper

Mish Dish said...

What an amazing concept. It makes me want to be a part of it. This truly is art at its finest. xo Mish


www.themishdish

義珊 said...

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daisymay said...

Love the silver bangle, the spiral is great!

Daisy Dayz Home

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks for your comments! It's a wonderful concept. I think it's extremely interesting to see how things are created and they've made it worthwhile by working with truly talented and original designers. The pieces are so extraordinary you do want to know more about them!

Denise
Accessories Editor
Dream Sequins

Deka said...

ooh!! so pretty
love the silver bangle
thanks for the intro to a new brand :)

* Reena Rai * said...

Wow, what a beautiful jewellery label, love the concept. The last ring is absolutely beautiful

VersaStyle said...

wowzers... these are so impressive! i want the bracelet

Family Lawyers Melbourne said...

God those pieces really amazing..love your post.

FASHIONICE said...

the silver bracelet is amazing, same with the ring!

Judy said...

i love that u incorporated the blood wood in the necklace! I started to design some European charm bracelets online at http://personaworld.com and im having a lot of fun with it and getting a lot of compliments. how did u start ur jewelry design?? I really love your products.

xo J.M.

Ashley said...

Ooo this all is gorgeous! Especially in love with the Dancing Squares ring! Great post :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Niki B. said...

love love love that silver wave bangle! tres cool.

nicole said...

these are such unique pieces! i love the silver bangles and those gold square rings!

nicole said...

btw, you haven't posted in awhile so I hope all is well with you D! xo

queengilda said...

i LOVEEEEE those square rings... except i'm actually picturing it as headpieces! ooh...

Jillian said...

That Heather Kosch design is fucking gorgeous! i am drooling

LJ said...

heather is a friend of a friend in ny! ive seen her work online before, and i love her stuff i must say!
xx-LJ FROM SOS!

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