If you’ve read InStyle, Glamour, Redbook or Lucky magazines, you may have seen a necklace or pair of earrings from the brand Arthur & Livingston. But did you know the brand has a Barbadian connection?
If you’re in Barbados and you’ve been to Lanterns Mall recently you may have seen the kiosk. If you didn’t stop to chat with owner Nicole Smith, you may not know the brand’s story.
Maybe this is your first time hearing about Arthur & Livingston. No worries. I’ve got all the details you need to know.
Nicole was not born in Barbados but both her parents are Barbadian. A&L was launched in 2013 while she was working in fashion PR in New York. A&L is named after Nicole’s Barbadian grandfathers.
Arthur & Livingston was born out of a need
Nicole started the business when she couldn’t find the types of
“Although I was exposed to soooo many accessories, none of them ever felt like me. There was something missing in the marketplace in terms of fun, bold,
Nicole didn’t wait for someone to create such a brand. She decided that she would create a
You probably can’t tell but Nicole has no formal training in jewellery-making.
“Luckily for me, I live in the age of YouTube and was able to teach myself the basics. For the harder techniques, I did take a couple workshops in Brooklyn, but that’s about it!”
Nicole is not an earrings girl so in the beginning, Arthur & Livingston was all about necklaces. Customers were asking for earrings though and now Nicole offers a wider range of accessories including earrings, rings, bracelets
Whether you like your pieces dainty or bold, Arthur & Livingston caters to you. You will notice that most of the pieces include gemstones.
Gemstones and more gemstones
“Since the collection
She is working to build her local customer base.
“The brand was launched in the US so I have an amazing fan/customer base overseas. When I relocated to Barbados in 2017, the reception of the brand here has been awesome as well! There is still plenty of growth opportunities for the brand locally and abroad, but I’m taking it one day at
To date, she says her biggest achievement was the time A&L got featured on a national TV segment.
“Three glorious minutes all dedicated to my brand. It was such a gratifying and rewarding experience.”
Nicole is a big fan of
In the meantime, you can get her vibrant designs at the kiosk at Lanterns Mall if you’re in Barbados or at www.arthurandlivingston.com where international shipping is available.