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BRAND TO KNOW: The Things We Keep

Kay Wang is a designer-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade jewellery is her speciality, however it would be unfair to pigeonhole her as simply an accessories designer. Kay makes everything; from from linen kitchen towels and beautiful spoons to exceptional made-to-order jewellery, her creations are timeless, useful and beautiful. Since 2011, Kay has been at the helm of The Things We Keep, a minimalist jewellery and homeware business. Inspired by history, heirlooms and the precious treasures we collect during our lifetimes, the brand is a mix of architectural shapes, fairtrade and conflict-free materials and tactile finishes. Having worked in marketing for a fair…

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Gather + See: My Favourite Conscious Shopping Destination

Meet Gather&See, a curated marketplace of sustainable style offering superb collections from the very best in conscious fashion from around the world. Showcasing designers that pride themselves on aesthetics and ethics in equal measures, Gather&See operate according to six amazing founding principles: Fair trade, Organic, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Handmade and Small Scale Production. I love their ethos, great taste and carefully selected brands so set out to find out more about the story behind the growing retailer’s mission. Founded by Stephanie Hogg and Alicia Taylor, Gather&See was born from a foray into the world of artisanal craft, garment production, and travelling the…

BRAND TO KNOW: Custom Made

Custom Made is a lovely little company that well and truly lives up to its name. Created by Anna Butler, Custom Made specialises in unique jewellery and accessories for those looking to add a little creative flair to their wardrobes. Though she’s still surprised and delighted by the fact that so many people buy and wear her handmade designs, it comes as no surprise to us that Anna’s jewellery and accessories are such a huge hit. In fact, Custom Made was recently selected as an outstanding designer at Rated, the Royal Academy’s showcase for emerging British design talent. When she’s not receiving…

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BRAND TO KNOW: Datter Industries by Kaye Blegvad

Datter Industries has released a new collection of rough and rustic jewellery trinkets, but the creative behind the designs has re-located back to the UK after a stint in her Brooklyn pad. Illustrator, artist and jeweller, Kaye Blegvad, now has studios on both sides of the pond where she hand-makes her unique and delightful bits and bobs and her 2014 collection is now ready for us. This new batch of jewel-art features pieces developed from older ideas, with repeated motifs, expansions and old patterns broken down to simpler forms, plus plenty of brand new innovations too. Geometric shapes transform a…

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INTERVIEW: The Creators of Shore Projects

Happy accidents are blissful. They’re part of what makes life enjoyable and give us cause to nod to something or other in appreciation of new and insightful discoveries. Running YGT generally means that my quota of happy accidents is fortuitously higher than that of most. My time is filled with stumbling across amazing new things by way of tip-offs from friends of friends or referrals from creatives that I meet on my travels. Coming across Shore Projects was one of these happy accidents and I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the team responsible for the company’s…

MAKER TO KNOW: Emma MacLeod

Emma MacLeod is a wonderfully creative contemporary jeweller based in Scotland. From her Dundee workshop, she draws inspiration from industrial construction and fabrication methods, producing miniature, wearable structures. Her unisex jewellery, much of it a homage to Dundee’s docked rig legs, features sharp lines and geometric shapes. Winner of the Neo Design Award, it comes as no surprise that Emma’s stylish and astutely rendered pieces have been featured by British Vogue. I was keen to find out what led her to jewellery design and which influences shaped her work’s distinctive and characterful style. She says, ‘I was first introduced to jewellery…