What are your design signatures?  

Simple, modern, elegant, timeless.

Diamond Twig Cuff by Catherine Zoraida

How would you describe the Catherine Zoraida woman?

A hard working woman with a great sense of style who enjoys beautiful things.

She has a whirlwind schedule so wants to wear jewellery that can carry her from day into night.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Zoraida’s Spread Your Wings bracelet and Double Leaf earrings

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Inspiration

Being fortunate enough to have been able to spend most of my 20’s travelling the world; my designs are always very much influenced by my previous adventures.  Though much less time is available now for travel I still pull many influences from my previous travels. I find inspiration in diverse cultural tapestries and feel this always translates through my designs. 

History also plays a huge part in my inspiration, our past collections have taken influence from a number of historic trends…this can be anything from Ancient Greek Mythology and jewels to Louis XIV furniture.

What are your design signatures?

I would say my pieces are bold, with a modern classic appeal.  Clean straight lines dominate my collections but there is always an ethnic vibe drawn from the materials we use.  

How would you describe The Branch woman?

The beauty of our jewellery is that it reaches out to many different ages and types of person. From 25 to 75 there is no rule, but all women will have a strong appreciation of chic, clean sophistication and are independent in their taste and style.

The Branch woman has a keen eye for the subtle detail, quality and craftsmanship.  I wouldn’t say The Branch woman follows each new trend that passes through the seasons, but knows what works for her and is keen to experiment. 

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Melissa Del Bono, Founder of Meli Melo, gives us her dreamy wish list for Autumn/Winter 2011  – get the military green Guia bag at a special one-off price on www.lux-fix.com this week!

Melissa in her Meli Melo Guia bag and Isabelle Marant Beckett trainers.

1. Shoes: Isabelle Marant Beckett trainers…I can’t resist these…they have an inbuilt wedge that gives you the height without looking like you’re wearing heels!

2. Bag: Medium Guia in military green…this is the ultimate colour for winter…and the bucket shape is so bang on trend!

3. Jacket: Missoni…heavyweight wool in their gorgeous colours…

4. T-shirt: Zoe Tees…this French brand does the most divine and soft t-shirts ever…you need at least 2 or 3…

5. Bionda Castana black biker boots, they have fur inside to keep tootsies warm and on the outside they give you that effortless look…pure chic!

6. “Marrakech” MIH Made in Heaven jeans. The best 70’s flare out there…goodbye skinnies…hello bell shape!

7. Cutler & Gross round sunglasses (even though its winter…I’m an Italian…can never go without sunglasses!)

8. Crem de la Mer cream to keep the winter cold from drying out my skin

9. Missoma rings… These stackable rings are what every girl needs

10. Shu Uemura hair products…because you can’t go anywhere with bad hair!!

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“So Daisy Knights made the leap from classroom at St Martins to the pages of Vogue within a year…”

“WOW. It’s taken us longer than that to finish a novel.”

“Yep she’s pretty damn hot news and all of Daisy’s pieces, down to the pouches, are made in the UK. Want to sit down with her to find out a bit more about how British design has shaped the Daisy Knights brand, now that wearing Daisy’s pieces is giving Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe a chance to fly the flag for British luxury fashion?”

“Yes please. Coincidentally we also have girl crushes on both Alexa and Daisy.”

“Which Daisy?”

“That would be telling.”

Q. Let’s start at the beginning! When you were training at Central Saint Martins who were the alumni you most looked up to? 

A. Matthew Williamson has always been my favourite designer and fellow Saint Martins graduate.

Q. Kazakhstan is hosting its first ever fashion exhibition – looking to explore the traditions and cultures which inspire the UK’s top design names, from Peter Jensen to Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith. If you were curating an exhibition to show off the best of British fashion who would you include?

A. I would definitely include Paul Smith, he is awesome and has so many lines within his brand. I also think that Alice Temperley has created a really interesting fashion brand with some beautiful dresses. Julian Macdonald and of course McQueen!

Q. You live in the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside – how do you find the design process is helped by your surroundings?

A. I love being able to work late into the night hammering metal and things and not have to worry about my neighbours hearing! Going for a walk with my dog Ace whilst sketching and collecting feathers and leaves in the fields around my house is one of my favourite things to do.

Daisy with Ace in her Cotswolds Studio

Q. We love the fact all of your designs are made in the UK – is that something that has always been the case?

A. Yes, I want to help our economy and also make sure my product is of the highest standard so all the people in my workshop are very talented craftsmen and women. Even my pouches are made in the UK.

Q. Which British star would you most like to see wearing Daisy Knights?

A. I’m very lucky to have some very stylish people wearing my jewellery – Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Fearne Cotton.

   

In Daisy Knights, Christian Dior and Versace

Q. You name your collections after your friends and family and they are obviously a huge influence – who is the latest person to inspire one of your pieces?

A. My father, he has recently retired and tinkers on his boat all day. The new collection is anchors and the collection includes some big statement necklaces and lots of colour!

Q. Finally we are very excited about your latest collection, Tallulah; can you give us an idea of what to expect?

A. The Tallulah collection is inspired by my friend Tallulah Harlech and features rubies and olive green gems. The motif is kind of the shape of a moon…

 

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