Discovering new, exciting artists and companies is one of my favourite ways to spend time – it was one of the things that initially encouraged me to start blogging. And as most of you will know by now, if I find something really special I love to shout it from the rooftops!
Over the last month or two, I’ve been lucky enough to receive some ace jewellery by independent designers. Some of them were Christmas presents and others were kindly gifted by the companies themselves – but the one thing they all have in common? They are all brooches! Most of the makers are also completely new-to-me, which is even better.
While we’re on the subject: dontcha just love brooches? They can pep up the most tired lapels and I always think that adding a kitsch or vintage brooch is an instant outfit update.
Today I’d love to take these 5 indie brooches and share them (and their designers!) with you…
1. Pop Tart with Sprinkles brooch by ClaireyLou Creations. This cutie is super soft like a teeny tiny plush toy and is sprinkled with sparkly beads. I am a huge fan of Pop Tarts so having a miniature felt one to pin on my glittery cardigan makes me very happy! I’ll be checking out more of ClaireyLou Creations’ kawaii treats over on Etsy!
2. Koala Head brooch by James Brown for Lucie Ellen. When these two London-based artists collaborated, the result was nothing less than adorable! I love the oversized dimensions of this brooch, along with the bold colour and clean lines. The rest of this mini-collection features a yak, an owl and a fox – the perfect excuse to style your own menagerie on your coat…
3. Girl Talk brooch by Love Me Tender London. Do you remember that board game, Dream Phone? This sparkly brooch from Love Me Tender London’s Girl Talk collection reminds me of giggly conversations, sleepovers and eating sherbet with my BFFs. The company describe the collection as “the love child of Edie Sedgwick and Katy Perry” – I love it! I’m looking forward to seeing what these ladies come up with next.
4. Kitsch Kitten brooch by Miss Ella. When I unwrapped this sassy little wooden cat, I was squealing with delight! Designed with a victory roll, a headscarf and an “uh-uh, girl!” look, it’s the perfect pin for any girl gang to have on their leather jacket! Me-ow!
5. I Heart Mom Tattoo brooch by Vivid Please. Anything tattoo-inspired is going to get the thumbs up from me and this piece just screams quiffs, motorcycle rides and Elvis records. I’m going to wear mine on a denim shirt for a rockabilly-inspired look.
Are any of your favourite indie jewellery designers included in the brooches I’ve featured? Or are there any that you’d like to recommend I check out? Be sure to let me know!
Love, sprinkles and a permanently well-dressed lapel,
Miss West End Girl x