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Bev’s Bespoke takes you on journey through jewellery

 

Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton of Bev’s Bespoke.

Don’t be surprised if Bev’s Bespoke is soon known for the best handmade costume jewellery around.

That’s the goal of the mother and daughter duo of Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton.

If the display I saw at their recent launch event is just a taste of things to come, they are already well on their way.

Bev's Bespoke

Beverley started making jewellery almost five years ago after struggling to find unique gift for a friend’s birthday. She was already proficient at knitting, crochet, needlework, embroidery and even making greeting cards so jewellery became yet another creative outlet.

Once Natasha saw just how much her mother was able to produce through experimentation, she came up with the idea to launch Bev’s Bespoke. Natasha has taken on the business side of the things while her mum focuses on making gorgeous pieces.

Bev's Bespoke

The collections shown at the launch conjured up dreams of far off places and as it turns out, this was the plan.

“The Safari Collection, the Maldives Collection and the East Asia Collection are the first of our many collections where our pieces are inspired by travel and images from those places. We try for the colours and materials chosen to reflect this. It allows our consumers to live vicariously through the Bev’s Bespoke lifestyle,” Beverley says.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

So far the pieces are made mainly of seed beads, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Other items will be included in upcoming collections. While some materials are sourced locally,  many are carefully chosen when Beverley travels.

Beverley says her inspiration can come from “almost anywhere”.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

“I can be working on a design and another one (or several) will pop into my head. It can also come from looking at a design and wanting to do something different with it,” she says.

It is clear that Beverley has a passion for what she does.
“It’s relaxing and allows me to be as creative as I want to be. That’s a win-win! It’s also quite satisfying to see something come together from just an idea in my mind,” she says.

Bev's Bespoke

Bev's Bespoke

Bev’s Bespoke specialises in custom-made pieces. If you want a bracelet or necklace adapted to suit your particular style, be sure to reach out.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

Another local brand to get to know: J. Riviera.

10 Questions With Jerrianne Alleyne of J.Riviera

 
If you like your clothing breezy and easy to wear, J.Riviera is the brand for you. Designer Jerrianne Alleyne launched the Pineapple Beach Collection recently and the pieces were all perfect for island weather. Here are ten things to know about her and the brand.

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Designer Jerrianne Alleyne (centre) with models wearing the Pineapple Beach collection at Bimhaus.
1. How did J.Riviera get started and what’s behind the name?

I started working on J.Riviera over a year ago, at first only taking custom orders. J is the first initial in my name, and Riviera set the tone for everything I wanted my brand to represent, as there is a very coastal feel to my style.

2. What are some of the products you offer?

Our Pineapple Beach Collection(which was resort wear)varied from simple linen tops, and wrap skirts, to beautifully beaded maxi dresses. Unfortunately some of the items are sold out, but we have an amazing project launching just in time for Valentine’s day so keep your eyes out for our Instagram page.

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3. Who is the J. Riviera woman?

Our brand caters to women who value comfort, want to feel beautiful, and chic, but aren’t afraid to show a little skin 😉

4. Which types of fabrics do you like to work with the most?
I prefer using natural fibers such as linens, and cottons. It’s hard to achieve the same level of comfort with synthetic fibers.
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5. Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired by my very frequent trips to the beach, music, movies, and sometimes prints or colours while I’m shopping for fabric.
6. Are there any designers you look up to?

Christian Siriano. He has an amazing work ethic, gorgeous style, and he’s achieved so much at such a young age.

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7. What do you enjoy most about fashion design?
 I love that the sky is the limit as far your creativity is concerned.
8. How does your personal style influence your designs?
 I’m an Island girl through and through, so whether I’m working on street-wear or lingerie it’s reflected in my designs.
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9. Where do you see J.Riviera in another five years?
 We’re working on making J.Riviera available at a few boutiques, and also open a few boutiques of our own in the near future.
10. How can we get our hands on some J. Riviera goodies?
We take orders via Instagram or email, and we’ll also be available at a few pop-up shops over the course of the next month. All information and dates will be posted on our page.

Also in the 10 Questions series: Cherise Harris of Wilhelmina Heart.

100% Bajan Shopping at Dwellings’ Holiday Pop-up

 

A lot of people are going to be unwrapping some amazing locally-made Christmas gifts this year. Unless all those swooping up items at the Dwellings Holiday Pop-up decide the goodies are just too pretty to keep!

Dwellings’ Canewood, St Thomas store is already stunning. When about a dozen Barbadian creators tastefully integrate their pieces into the displays, you get something nearing perfection. This was a pop-up done right.  All the items were well-made and well-displayed and it was a joy to see all the beautiful work that is being done in Barbados.

Fascinator by CandiFab, dress by Pink Lemonade, necklace by Ole’ Luck and clutch by Island Bags.

For the fashionistas, there was Pink Lemonade by Rotchelle Parris, CandiFab, Something Samarah, Sweetheart Sandals, Island Bags, Ole’ Luck Barbados and Seafrina Island Apparel.

Seafrina Island Apparel
Sweetheart Sandals

CandiFab

Heather Harrington-Jones and Summer Gems showed off some  divine pieces of jewellery.

Heather Harrington-Jones
Summer Gems

 

Home Decor

For those looking for home decor, Pieces of Paradise, Aimee St Hill and Sian Pampallonne had them covered. CandiFab also had gorgeous mosaics.

Sian Pampallonne
Aimee St Hill

Eden’s Choice Naturals were also on hand with a range of soaps, lotions and scrubs.

If you missed Dwellings’ Holiday Pop-up,  you definitely missed a lot. Most of the brands are on Instagram though so you can see what they have in stock and where they’ll be popping up next!