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.
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.
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.
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”.
“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 specialises in custom-made pieces. If you want a bracelet or necklace adapted to suit your particular style, be sure to reach out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the summer one of the things that caught my eye was a prototype bag displayed by Wilhelmina Heart at the Pompasette Pop-up. It had a colourful mango print, multiple compartments despite its small size and high-quality trimmings.
The bags are now available for purchase and I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to the brand and its founder, Cherise Harris.
It’s also the perfect kick-off to the “10 Questions With… ” segment on the blog. If you are in any area of the style and fashion industry and you want to be featured, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be a model, clothing or accessory designer, stylist or fashion photographer. If you’re involved in fashion, I want to know about you.
Now on to the fabulousness that is Wilhelmina Heart.
1. How did Wilhelmina Heart get started?
I had the idea a few years ago actually, originally launching in 2014. I am an illustrator and my desire was to see my art on products. The name Wilhelmina is my mother’s middle name, so it had the great unique quality I was looking for, but was also meaningful to me. At the time I was hand making everything, but I also had hopes of pursuing a Masters degree, and I realised that it wasn’t the right time for me.
Since then I studied overseas and then I got married, so I feel like now is the time to revisit this idea and pursue this using everything I have learned. We re-launched over the summer with bigger and better ideas. My focus has been on the design process, and we have been working with local and overseas manufacturers to bring the ideas from design to final product.
2. What are some of the products you offer?
Currently, we offer hair accessories and bags, specifically our satin head ties and our first bag design, a mango print convertible crossbody/ wristlet bag.
3. Who is the Wilhelmina Heart target customer?
Our customers are fun at heart and love colour and patterns. They are either looking for that unique accessory to add a pop of colour to their outfit, or looking to mix patterns and colours. They love to express themselves through their fashion choices.
4. Do you design your own fabrics?
Yes, I design all our fabrics which are then custom printed to be manufactured into our products. Our design aesthetic is very Caribbean oriented. Taking local elements like mangos and green monkeys, and using them in patterns and applying them to products that you may not often see them on.
5. What inspired the convertible crossbody/wristlet bag?
We were making a decision on what would be the best bag to launch first. At the time it was soon Crop Over, and I wanted to design something that would make a great ‘fete bag’. It had to be neat, but at the same time we love compartments and having a space for everything. It also had to be versatile, for those who like to be hands free with a long strap, or hands free with a wrist strap. Our bag is leather and water repellent canvas. It can hold your phone, keys, make-up and has a zip pocket for some cash, and it’s the perfect bag for a party, night out, or if you’re traveling light while shopping.
6. How can we get one in our wardrobes?
Currently, you can order through email at email@example.com, or WhatsApp 846 4537. If you’re interested in seeing the bag before purchase, you can contact us to arrange that as well or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see where we will be next as we are hoping to be at local farmers markets as Christmas nears. Also look out for the launch of our website in November, at which point you will be able to order online worldwide.
7. Are there plans for other bag designs?
Yes, we have many ideas in our vault. For this bag, in particular, we want to bring it out in various colours and patterns. We also have plans for larger bag designs as well.
8. What motivates you as an accessory designer?
My background is as an illustrator, and my inspiration for my work has always been combining storytelling and the flora and fauna of Barbados and the Caribbean. Bringing these ideas to the products excites me, and I’m always looking forward to bringing something fresh and seeing how the final product will look and how our customers will respond.
9. How does your personal style influence your designs?
I love colour and pattern, but I also love function, and so I try to bring this combination to my designs. I want to make accessories that can hold what you need or have the function you want, while exciting you and allowing you to express yourself through your fashion.
10. Where do you see Wilhelmina Heart in another five years?
In another five years, I see Wilhelmina Heart expanding our list of products, as well as our reach of customers. We aim to continue learning and growing, and my biggest dream is for us to be a brand synonymous with quality and the Caribbean, representing a fun and contemporary Caribbean aesthetic.