Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas gift shopping in full swing, we thought we would put together a gift guide showing what we’re hoping for in our stocking this year, focusing on British small businesses and products made in UK. It’s definitely a great bonus that by buying any of these for a loved one you will also be supporting small business too!

 

Brit-Stitch

With an interesting back story including a Milk Man, Brit Stitch have got some lovely leather pieces which we think would make some beautiful gifts, especially as they come in a multitude of colours, helping you to tailor them to the person you’re gifting.

Love Umbrellas

These pretty heart-shaped umbrellas will brighten up even the rainiest of days. They have a beautiful collection of bridal umbrellas which you can customise too.

 

Whisk Hampers

Who doesn’t love settling down with a gin and tonic during an evening before dinner? A great way to unwind, and in this case, a lovely gift set for an appreciator of gin.

Daines & Hathaway

A luxury gift for a man who likes the finer things in life. You could even buy him a nice bottle of his favourite tipple to go inside.

Emma J Shipley

All of the scarves designed by Emma J Shipley are stunning, and we particularly like the bright colours of this one, a high quality special present, which we are sure many would be thrilled to receive.

Stow London

It’s so nice to be able to store your jewellery in a luxury roll when travelling, and these buttery leather ones come in a range of great bright colours.

The Oxford Socks Company

A fellow Oxford-based brand, these brightly coloured socks come beautifully packaged in individual boxes and we think that they would make perfect stocking fillers. No longer is the gift of socks a boring one.

Clements & Church

After a recent photoshoot with Clements and Church, we fell for their flamboyant ties and pocket squares which go perfectly with their slightly ostentatious tailoring. Their ties make the perfect gift for someone who wants to spice up their wardrobe.

Sara Smith

Enjoy the pleasure of drinking tea in style with these delicate English bone china tea cups from Sara Smith. A great gift for the tea lover.

Saxons of Oxford

This special gift is perfect for day-to-day wear made from 925 sterling silver. You can choose from a huge variety of coloured braided leather straps to match your style.

 

You can also tweet your british christmas gift ideas to @SaxonsofOxford and let us know your thoughts on our gift guide too!

 

Supporting Small Business Saturday

As high street chains multiple quickly and some cities can see 2 or maybe 3 of any single store, it’s easy to begin to forget the smaller businesses. Years ago if a person had wanted to do the weekly food shop they would have gone into town and visited multiple specialist shops ranging from grocer to fish monger, gaining a relationship with the sellers, and also fuelling the local economy directly, as a result. Times have changed considerably, and whilst we cannot argue against the fact that chains have given us cheaper prices through competition and mass production, it’s important to keep remembering the small business, and not forget that they need our custom too.

This Saturday is officially the biggest retail day of the year, and following an American precedent, Small Business Saturday will be coming to the UK with the aim of promoting small businesses. Set up by American Express, the campaign is seeking to drive important awareness to really make a difference on this busy pre-Christmas shopping day. With the huge growth in Ecommerce and Social Media, small businesses have already seen a boost in exposure, having platforms like Not On The High Street to set up virtual shops with, and Saturday 7th December is a great opportunity for those business owners, along with physical shops to step up against the big chains.

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As a small business ourselves with products made in the UK and a virtual store on Not On The High Street we are extremely enthusiastic about supporting fellow businesses and getting people to consider heading to Independent local retailers as an alternative. Small Business Saturday really is a fantastic initiative and something, which we hope, will continue well into the future. There should definitely be a balance created between independent and chain stores, and campaigns like these can really help to lessen the gap, promoting awareness.

So, this coming Saturday make sure you support your local Small Businesses or pay a visit to somewhere like Not On The High Street to peruse the unique and special gift options available.

Find our online storefront here.

To get involved, help spread the word use #SmallBizSatUK @smallbizsatuk facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk

 

Saxons of Oxford meets Clements & Church

Some of our pieces were used in a menswear photoshoot around Oxford using suits and accessories from the extremely talented tailors of Little Clarendon Street, Clements and Church. As you will see below, the brilliant craftsmanship in the suits really shines through in the photography and works so well with our pieces, seamlessly combining the two whilst allowing them both to shine.

We wanted to share some of our favourites from the shoot, which was styled by Gem Latimer and photographed by Ben Robinson. The results really are fantastic and it was great to be involved in this creative collaboration between all involved. The standard of the images really is a testament to the photographic abilities of Ben Robinson and show that a rather dark autumnal afternoon could not put a stop to the shoot’s success.

 

 
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Clothing and accessories: Clements and Church
Jewellery: Saxons of Oxford
Models: Owain Caruana-Davies and Hugo Kelly and other
Styling: Gem Latimer
Photography: Ben Robinson

Womens Style

As we edge slowly towards December, and the start of the Christmas party season we thought we would do another style blog post. This time, we're focussing on our Illustrious collection and some womenswear looks that complement them, along the theme of festive partywear.

CLASSIC CHIC

 

 

 

 

You can't go far wrong with a red dress during the festive season, especially an Issa one which shows shape perfectly. Let the dress do the talking by keeping accessories black with a smattering of sparkle through these Jimmy Choo heels and our silver Luminary Earrings.

Links: Issa dress, Bottega Veneta Coat, Saxons of Oxford Luminary Earrings, Mulberry Bag, Jimmy Choo Shoes.

 

DRESSED UP CASUAL

 
 

If you're not a dress person then a pair of tapered trousers can be a perfect alternative. Keep colour a focus to the look and this relatively casual top and trousers combination becomes luxe and suitable for any event. A white top like this beautifully backed one from Elizabeth and James looks great with our Eminent pendant.

Links: Elizebeth & James Top, Stella McCartney Coat, Saxons of Oxford Eminent pendant, Meli Melo Bag, J.Crew Trousers, Gianvito Rossi Shoes.

 

EDGY FEMININITY

 
 

Throwing a leather jacket over a feminine dress can add a great edge to a look, particularly for party season. Our gold Luminary earrings look great with this look and will really stand out with their origami inspired design. A real talking point.

Links: Alice & Olivia Dress, Helmut Lang Jacket, Saxons of Oxford Luminary Earings, Mathew Williamson Bag, Alaia Shoes.

What will you be wearing this party season, and how would you style our pieces?

 

November Promo

We're offering our customers 10% Discount on all of the pieces in the Illustrious and Insider collections until the end of November. To receive the discount visit Thorn Jewellery and use the promotional code FRIENDS10 in the coupon box at the checkout.

Terms & Conditions

Available on the following items; Luminary earrings (gold & silver), Eminent pendant (large & small), Man in a Cage, Atlas, Man Tag and Vitruvian Man. Customers may purchase multiple items using the discount code Friends10. Discount will be deducted from the total amount. Offer only available through the Thorn Jewellery website. Promotion ends midnight on Saturday 30th November 2013. Includes overseas/worldwide customers.

 

Mens Style

It’s that time of year. It’s starting to get a little colder, and we're suddenly gravitating to darker, richer colours along with scarves and knitwear to keep us warm. As we start pulling on a couple more layers each day, we thought it was about time we showed you how we would style our current jewellery collections for Autumn and Winter.
Here, we focus on the ‘Insider’ range with four different menswear looks, each featuring a piece from the collection.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the looks we've created. Tell us how you’d style our designs! Add your comments below.

Celebrating Origami

To celebrate World Origami Days (24th October – 11th November) we have collated some of our favourite origami inspired work, including our very own Illustrious collection that started out as paper folded designs.

Origami - ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century and was popularised outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The most well-known piece of origami is the crane traditionally symbolising peace.

Running from October 24th, the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer, one of the founders of the British Origami society, this two and a half week celebration honours the art of paper folding around the world. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase some of our favourite pieces that have also been inspired by Origami.

Tesler + Mendelovitch is a Textile Design Team, that research and experiment a wide range of materials. These architectural looking, artisanal "wood skin"  clutches are constructed from 100% wood. By applying traditional wood craftsmanship to new technology they introduced the first original "Diamond Wood" geometric wood surface. The geometric surface design provides necessary flexibility and is soft to the touch.

 

Source:  mattshlian.com/

Source:  mattshlian.com/

Matt Shlian describes himself as a paper engineer. He explores the impossibilities of geometry. The Apophenia Series is created on a black canvas using graphic software to create the complex the shapes, which he then fabricates by hand into a 3D model. The term 'apophenia' refers to the idea of seeing patterns where none exist.

 

Paper artist Joel Cooper folds these astounding masks and tessellations from single pieces of paper using folding grids.

 

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Source: kyl21.com/

David Marx, food scientist and founder of The Science Kitchen in Berlin, has elevated ice pops into an art form with a molecular design. The new KYL21 ice pop line is more than just visually appealing; it’s also vegan and lactose-free, so even those with strict diet regiments or food allergies can enjoy them.

 

Create your own hipster bow tie with this DIY paper version. Made from nothing but paper and glue, created by Fiber Lab. You can buy them from their Etsy store or make your own with their free step-by-step tutorial.

 

Voyage’ is the beautiful creation of media architect Claudio Benghi and light artist Gloria Ronchi.  The installation consists of three hundred floating 'paper boats', encasing coloured dynamic LED lights that come alive at night in the Middle Dock of Londons, Canary Wharf.

Thousand origami cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by string. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. An ancient legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

You can see more Origami creations on our Pinterest board dedicated to the artform here.