If you’re looking to buy something special for that special someone today’s entry is for you.
I’ve been spending a lot of time checking out bespoke and handmade items online, which if you really want to make a statement, is the way to go with special gifts.
First stop is http://www.iggyandloulou.com/
This Australian retailer is Melbourne based ceramic sculptor Irene Grishin-Selzer’s work, all porcelain jewellery.
There is some slightly romantic indie-gothic style to the pieces, which the website suggests are made in limited quantities and because of their hand made nature are often not quite the same as each other. The website itself will give you some good ideas of the style of the iggy and lou lou work. It looks like a Victorian theatre- the illustrations are fun and quirky.
For special items made in limited quantities also looking at http://www.etsy.com/ will possibly boggle your mind with amazing range of stuff. Prices are in US dollars, and you might have to wait a while for the individual sellers to send their wares to you. Sellers are from all over the world so buyers can really get their hands on an overwhelming range of items.
However, if you want to support the slightly more local industry check out http://www.meadowlark.co.nz.
This Auckland based duo creates very in-the-now styled jewellery- my personal favourite being the swan pendant and stud earrings from the Starwood Lane collection. Goth or punk friends might prefer something from the skull and bones inspired “The Secret Corridor”.
One designer of the Meadowlark team might already be known to fashionistas from NZ,
Claire Hammon is the designer behind the streetwear label Urchin also, who if my recollection is correct used to make some very nice, stylish hard wearing cotton pants which were the favourite item of teenage girls at my high school.