Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Great New Jewellery Shops At The Secret Arcade!

Continuing with our introductions to the new shops at The Secret Arcade we are delighted to announce the fantastic designers that occupy the new Jewellery passage.

Eastern Mystic

Beginning with Eastern Mystic - the brainchild of British born Sonal Talgeri - Bhaskaran who creates contemporary statement pieces that are strongly influenced by her Indian heritage.Sonal combines 24 carat gold vermeil, gunmetal plated brass, fine sterling silver chains with a myriad of gemstones and crystals to create opulent statement pieces. Each piece is handcrafted by Sonal in London and made in limited editions. You can view the full collection at Eastern Mystic, Shop 1, The Jewellery Passage, The Secret Arcade.

Simonne Elizabeth Designs

Sumptuous handmade glass beads are used by Simonne to create her wonderful jewellery that is inspired by the British seasons resulting in a palette of pinks, vivid greens and warm orange tones. To view the full collection visit Simonne Elizabeth Designs at Shop 2 , The Jewellery passage, The Secret Arcade.

Hayley Kruger

Hayley Kruger is influenced by the construction of botanical elements in nature combined with diverse iconography from female figures from history and popular culture such as Barbarella and Joan of Arc! Hayley achieves this through the use of contrasting soft and hard materials from silk cord, leather and components from costume jewellery to semi-precious gems and silver and gold. To view the full collection visit Hayley Kruger, Shop 3, The Jewellery Passage at The Secret Arcade.

Clara Francis

Clara Francis creates stunning pieces of jewellery using minuscule Japanese glass beads which produce colours and tones of great subtlety. Her motifs are inspired by the British flora and fauna including butterflies, birds and flowers. To view the full collection visit Clara Francis, Shop 4, The Jewellery Passage, The Secret Arcade.

We will be introducing the other new shops over the next few weeks and will also be publishing the ever popular 'Shopkeeper of the Week' which gives an in-depth insight into the work of the great companies that make up The Secret Arcade.

Friday, 12 August 2011

The New Fashion & Accessories Passageway

Continuing our announcements of the new designers and companies showcased in this year's Arcade, we bring you the new Fashion & Accessories Passage.

With exclusive, sumptuous designs and meticulous craftsmanship, Norwegian born designer Aase Hopstock graduated from the renowned Cordwainers College in 2008 with 1st Class Honours. Her designs combine a 1940's aesthetic with glamourous detailing and an unusual mix of materials and colours.

Each shoe is carefully crafted at a small family-run, artisan factory in Elda, Spain and bears a stamp indicating each pair's exclusivity in the form of a serial number on the sole - we want each design!

If you like vintage style, get ready to immerse yourself into an addictive, ever changing collection of authentic vintage clothes.

Transporting the visitor back to an age of glamour, femininity and exquisite detailing, each item in Juno Says Hello's inventory has been sourced from around the world, selected for quality and originality.

The online boutique is a joy to browse with categories such as Mad Men Inspires, Red Carpet, Pool-side and Little Black Dress. They also offer a dress hire service for those special events, a party or a wedding perhaps?

What do you need to go with your Aase Hopstock shoes and a Vintage dress from Juno Says Hello? A bag from, Edinburgh-based company, Lilies and Dreams of course!

With an extensive range of eco-products, locally crafted designs and custom creations, each piece is carefully selected for those requiring a more distinctive addition to their wardrobe. Our favourite is the Steamline luggage, in particular the Aviator Stowaway in mustard.

In true, old-school style many of the items in the collection can be customised for a bespoke finish.

To view all these shops and their windows please click here to visit the Fashion & Accessories Passage.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fabulous New Shops @ The Secret Arcade!

Every August we select great new companies to take part in The Secret Arcade. We are delighted to launch a brand new collection of twenty fantastic shops. We have six glorious passageways including Fashion & Accessories, a new Art passage, Jewellery, Home and Interiors, Children's and a new Refreshments passage offering the most exciting range of teas to reward you after all that shopping! We will be continuing with the ever popular 'Shopkeeper of the Week' feature which will give an in depth and behind the scenes insight into each of the great companies that make up The Secret Arcade. So keep an eye out for these which will start next week.

The emphasis for our selection of shops as always is for UK based companies that specialise in UK made and designed products. The quality is exceptionally high and we are very proud to be working with every one of them! Each day over the next couple of weeks we will publish details of each passageway, starting today with a tantalising insight into our three new children's wear shops.

The Children's Passage

Woodchild is a Brighton based company that design the most beautiful children's woollen blankets that are knitted in Scotland - true heirloom pieces - great for a new born gift. Prices start from £55.

Shop No2: Tulip And Nettle

Tulip & Nettle continue to offer their quintessentially English collections of soft cottons and countryside inspired designs from pretty dresses to stunningly simple traditional shirts for both boys and grown -ups.

Shop No3: K for Keeps

K for Keeps is a new company that has produced a truly unique collection of children's wear which is manfactured by a small family run company in the north of England. Wonderful woollen coats with hints of historical coach capes and pinstriped wide legged trousers that look really funky! At great prices from £40 you can't afford not to have these!

To view the full range of children's wear products visit the shops in The Children's passage at The Secret Arcade and don't forget to check out all the other new shops over the next few days!