Gift Library Rebrand

Here at Gift Library HQ, we’re so proud to announce the launch of our brand new website! Designed with a whole new look and feel, our streamlined site has a chic, user friendly vibe that can be used and enjoyed across all channels.

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Our first newsletter gives a glimpse into our luxe new look, from #selfiegifting to summer staples – have you had a chance to browse yet? Let us know your thoughts! http://www.gift-library.com/ -GLx

Ladies of London

Watch out New York, Ladies of London are taking over! After touching down in the Big Apple on Tuesday, Caroline has been taking the city by storm. From meet-and-greets to interviews, and her first live on air appearance, we think it’s safe to say #TeamCaroline is here to stay! New York is always a good idea. Check out her interview on CBS NY here: -GLx

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Peels and Panties

Last Thursday we were lucky enough to be invited to Medico Beauty’s evening at EF MEDI SPA on the King’s Road, followed by champagne at the gorgeous lingerie shop Petits Bisous. Peels and Panties. Count us in. Whilst sipping on cucumber water, we had an eye opening discussion with the gorgeous Aysha Campion-Awwad, who educated us about the causes of problem-prone skin, and what one can do to prevent everything from ageing to acne.

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With today’s obsession with beauty ever growing, and women as young as their 20’s trying desperately to stop ageing in its tracks whether with a nip and tuck, or going down a more natural route, it was interesting to hear her analogy of skin, describing your complexion as a bank account:  ‘every time you go into the sun without protection you are taking money out that you cannot put back in.’ We’ll certainly remember that next time we’re working on our holiday tans!

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Next up was a terrifying looking machine called the Image Pro Digital Analyser that photographs the aging process of our skin, helping the practitioner to really understand the very root of your skin issues, allowing them to prescribe the best treatment appropriate. The machine is fitted with a special camera attached to a computer, providing an incredible photographic analysis of skin quality on a very advanced level. From sun damage and lines to oil, blemishes and dryness, nothing can escape this little camera, with everything shown in much more detail than could ever be picked up on with just the naked eye.  It gave a whole new meaning to the no makeup selfie!

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After our consultation it was time for the fun part; we were each given a 15 minute ‘Mini Benefactor Face Peel’ by an expert beautician, using a heavenly scented gel peel that is made using fruit based enzymes from berries and l-lactic acid (which comes from yogurt!). We were told that this non-wounding resurfacing treatment encourages skin renewal, leaving a healthy, luminous complexion. It softens, exfoliates and stimulates while lightening, brightening and repairing damaged skin.

This was followed by a mineral makeup touch up by new beauty line Young Bloods, which felt like a serious treat, and left our skin noticeably glowing! We were rather alarmed by how many comments we got on our radiant skin – this might be the start of something beautiful.

And then for the peeling off part. We were led through a silk curtain, hiding the mischief behind the door where we were confronted by trays of sushi served by semi-naked waiters. The boys’ eyes were definitely more taken by the bevy of beautiful girls showing off the gorgeous Petits Bisous lingerie though. It was all certainly a sight for sore eyes, everyone was so beautiful it was difficult to know where to look!

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Just another average Thursday night for the Gift Library girls.

Until next time! -GL x

Silvercross

Spotted! Two of our very happy customers Claudia Galanti and Tamara Ecclestone with their iconic Silvercross prams courtesy of Gift Library. For custom and bespoke orders, including endless options for personalization, please contact emma@gift-library.com for inquiries! Congrats to the happy parents! -GLx

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Shades of Spring

With blossom on the trees and Spring fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of must have items that are perfect for injecting on-trend colour into your wardrobe this season. So clean out that clutter and update your everyday essentials to bold neons and eye-catching pastels for a cool, summer ready look. -GLx

Sophie Hulme Mini Zip Top Bowling Bag in Chartreuse:

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Tom Binns Multi Coloured Asymmetric Crystal Necklace:

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Italia Independent Aviator Sunglasses in Neon Green:

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Beautiful Bottoms Interview

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We sat down with the young and inspirational designers Lauren Skerritt and Poppy Sexton-Wainwright from new lingerie kid on the block Beautiful Bottoms to catch up on young women in business going it alone. -GLx

POPPY ANSWERS:

Tell us a little about yourselves and your company Beautiful Bottoms? How did it come into being?

We were studying at Newcastle University, and we decided to create Beautiful Bottoms as a result of a module involving an entrepreneurial business plan. By the time we left Newcastle we were just excited to be able to focus full time on BB.

What did you both take at University that lead you into your field, and eventually to become entrepreneurs? Or are you self taught?

We both studied Marketing and Management, and as I explain above some of our skills learnt at Newcastle helped us… the marketing and accounting side of our course has certainly come into use. But the majority of the way through we have self taught ourselves, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of advice from people along the way.

Has it been difficult launching a start-up company at such a young age? What are the best and worst parts about running your own business?

It has certainly been challenging, but it has also been incredibly rewarding – it is nice to know that all the hard work is actually going on something you feel very passionate about and believe in.

Having had very little experience of working within a fashion company I would say was, and still is to an extent our biggest challenge. However, it also has its benefits as we have created our own practices that suit us and work well.

What is it like running a business with a close friend?

It is extremely lucky I would say, to be able to work in an environment day in day out with someone that you understand and click with. To also be on the same wave length with someone who you work with in such close proximity and travel with a lot is very handy – especially when sharing hotel rooms and being at trade shows for hours on end.

What advice would you give to other people launching their own companies?

I would advise perhaps to gain some industry experience before embarking on your own launch – I think that this would have made our lives considerably easier. However we have got there in the end… or at least we are well on our way!

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LAUREN ANSWERS:

What are the inspirations behind your latest collections?

The SS14 collection is the most exciting collection to date with the beachwear launch. Each piece in the collection pays tribute to the seasons key prints and colours drawn from the Moroccan Mirage; bold botanics, abstract aztec, intricate plumes in a mixture of pop pinks, acid lemons and vivid tangerines. Poppy and I are huge fans of Morocco and wanted to create a collection which reflected the magnificent colour palette!

Tell us about your favourite pieces? What is it you love about them?

My favourite would have to be the Neon Aztec Bandeau Bikini Set. It’s super striking and such a flattering fit. The neon playsuit is also going in the Summer Holiday wardrobe – it is the perfect pool side coverup in a soft slouchy fit.

Where do you source your materials from? Where are your clothes manufactured?

Poppy and I design all our prints in our London Studio. A huge amount of thought and time goes into the design process to ensure there is a print for everyone! We work with china for the silk printing and manufacturing. Their silks are beautiful! We sand wash all our silks to make them as soft as possible!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to Beautiful Bottoms so far?

When we launched the brand in Selfridges this was a very happy moment! Seeing the brand in British Vogue last December was great too and also when a celebrity buys the brand this is very exciting!

What are both of your dreams and aspirations for the company?

We would love for Beautiful Bottoms to be sold in the top luxury retailers worldwide and become a destination for the best in printed silk lingerie, lounge and beachwear. We would love every girl to have a Beautiful Bottoms piece in their summer holiday wardrobe!

Describe your perfect customer? What type of girls wear your clothes?

Relaxed, happy, fashion-forward!

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Bex Rox Interview

This week we sat down with one of our favourite jewellery designers Bex Rox to discuss the challenges of launching your own company, the inspirations behind her coveted collections and her hardworking and eventful road to success. -GLx

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Tell us a little about yourself and your company Bex Rox London? How did it come into being?

I was born and raised in Menorca.   I started my career as a fashion assistant in New York working for publications such as French Vogue and W Magazine.

I taught myself to make jewellery following a desire to be able to fulfil the requests from the stylists I worked for to source pieces of jewellery that they were unable to find or felt did not currently exist in the market. It was here the idea of a jewellery label was born.

What are your inspirations behind your collections? (In particular the Frida Collection)

My collections are mainly inspired by my travels, I travelled for 3 years across South East Asia, South America and Australasia living and working with tribes where I picked up various traditional hand crafted techniques.  The Frida Collection came about from my Spanish roots and a recent trip to Mexico – the concept was the Spanish bull versus the Mexican with a tongue in cheek aspect.  I used the rattle of the ball chain and the strong vibrant colours of the cord to create a strong, statement look.

Tell us about a favourite piece you have created?

The seahorse necklace is one of my original designs that was created when I first started Bex Rox.  I took my mother on a production trip to Thailand, I unfortunately got quite ill and went to see a naturaph that crushed and dried a mini seahorse into powder, mixed it with water and made me drink it. I was better within 2 days, kept a seahorse and cast it.  It is the symbol of Strength, Power and Protection.

Where is your jewellery manufactured? Where do you source your materials from?

Bex Rox is manufactured in Spain, Italy and Asia depending on the product.  Each piece is hand crafted by fine jewellers’ hands and the materials are all developed from scratch.

What has been the most exciting moment for Bex Rox so far?

The most exciting moment at present for Bex Rox is our new collaboration with Crea Africa, supporting local communities in Kenya to create a luxury ethical collection which was launched on the 14th February just in time for London Fashion Week.

What’s the best part about running your own business?

The best part of running a business is seeing your creations unfold and seeing clients cherishing your designs.

What are your dreams and aspirations for the company?

To create a sustainable lifestyle brand that is a statement of the era.  Working with Women’s communities around the globe to create luxury pieces and keep traditional techniques alive.

What fashion trends are you following right now? Where or who do you go to for inspiration?

I wouldn’t say we are following fashion trends but we are about to launch our Africa Collection – SS14 is all about the Modern Tribal aesthetic which is the key trend of the season.

Describe the Bex Rox girl?

Strong, confident, dynamic, playful and not scared to be herself.

Who wears your jewellery?

Cara Delevigne, Suki Waterhouse, Alexa Chung and Madonna are some of my favourite celebrities who wear Bex Rox regularly.

What advice would you give others who are launching their own company?

Stay positive, keep going and stick to your vision.

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