Faux fur seems to be popping up all over the place at the moment; it comes without many of the ethical issues of real fur and, coming in a variety of colours, can often be more versatile than the real thing. Helen Moore is one brand that saw the potential of faux fur over 30 years ago and has been creating luxurious faux products ever since. This family run British company takes real care of its faux fur products and carefully manufactures all its designs right here in the UK. Helen Moore’s women’s accessories range from the traditionally stylish to the fashionably unique which makes this a faux fur brand for everyone. Want to incorporate a bit of on-trend fur into your winter wardrobe without going over the top? Helen Moore’s chic accessories could be just what you are looking for.

This winter Helen Moore’s stylish faux fur accessories include collars, muffs, scarves and even hats all of which presents the faux fur enthusiast with an array of furry styling options. The pieces come in a variety of colours and finishes meaning that whatever your style this winter Helen Moore have a piece for you. Traditionalists may want to opt for one of the brand’s more realistic looking faux styles whilst those after something a little more hip may find themselves drawn to modern, almost garish colours. This is a collection in which classic imitation ermine or wolf scarves and hats sit next to bright magenta clutches and powder blue collars. Whatever Helen Moore piece you select you are still presented with many a styling opportunity; the brand’s creations could be used to channel a fairytale-like look or give your outerwear a dose of rock ‘n’ roll glamour. With a Helen Moore piece you could play a Russian princess, a Hollywood star or decadent socialite, the choice is yours.

Faux fur is often seen as a rather low rent sartorial choice with such pieces often being viewed as of lesser quality than the ‘real thing’. Yet Helen Moore, with their attention to detail and commitment to British manufacturing, actually create faux pieces that are luxurious and desirable in their own right. When buying a faux fur piece from Helen Moore you are not settling for second best but purchasing a stylish and unique fashion accessory.

-Hannah Balsdon

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Looking for the perfect gift for a special someone this Christmas? A good quality classic watch always looks good under the Christmas tree and Cobra and Bellamy’s retro timepieces are ideal for festive gift giving. The brand’s vintage inspired watches channel all the glamour of the 1930s, 40s and 50s and yet would look perfectly chic on modern day wrists. Cobra and Bellamy have been creating stylish watches for both men and women for over 30 years and specialise in making beautiful and affordable timepieces. These are retro watches that could charm even the most tech obsessed analogue detractor. Packed full of nostalgia Cobra and Bellamy’s watches would suit both vintage lovers and those in search something a little different.

Cobra and Bellamy’s watches have a classic but accessible aesthetic; these are not overly opulent pieces crammed with jewels and expensive features but stylish simple watches for everyday wear. The brand’s watches are brimming with old-world charm with unique, quirky retro faces and timeless leather straps. Cobra and Bellamy’s women’s watches in particular possess a maturity, elegance rarely found in contemporary designs. Today watches have become as much accessories as timepieces and Cobra and Bellamy’s designs could really finish off an outfit. With their classic style these are timepieces that will last for years to come and even become favourite accessories. Cobra and Bellamy’s timepieces may not be as flashy or luxurious as many of the watches around today but they do have an elegant, understated chic all of their own.

Watches are a pretty traditional gift and may even seem like a bit of a boring choice at times but Cobra and Bellamy’s unique designs are a new, paradoxically vintage, twist on an oft given present. These are watches that combine style and elegance with accessibility and durability making them ideal Christmas gifts. These are, in short, good quality watches that would be appreciated by almost anyone.

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A good quality, comfortable wrap can be just the thing to keep goose-bumps at bay during cool summer evenings. Wraps may seem like simple garments but they make great additions to holiday suitcases, are ideal cover ups at weddings and formal occasions and can add a touch of glamour or luxury to any summer ensemble. Working with some of the best independent brands around Lux-Fix has seen its fair share of stylish, comfortable and luxurious wraps; here are some of our favourites.

Founded by sisters Hannah and Sarah Nancy Mac creates beautiful, feminine clothes with a vintage twist. As well as romantic dresses the brand also produces a selection of gorgeous printed silk shrugs; think Pre-Raphaelite glamour combined with a touch of the Japonesque. In essence, like their dresses, Nancy Mac’s wraps are romantic, elegant and dreamily beautiful. This makes them the perfect choice for a wedding or formal occasion but you could also use a Nancy Mac wrap to jazz up a pair of jeans or as the finishing touch to a fantastical festival ensemble.

If you’re looking for something a little more functional and comfortable then check out new British cashmere brand Casha. Casha’s pieces are all 100% cashmere making them irresistibly soft and wonderfully luxurious. A Casha wrap would make a great gift and is ideal for year round wear; this is cashmere, one of the world’s most desirable materials, at its very best.

Equally luxurious and versatile are Hayley Menzies’ trimmed boho shawls and scarves. This London based brand uses carefully sourced fur and feathers to add to unique edge to sumptuous cashmere wraps and scarves. The result is pieces that are simultaneously opulent and bohemian making them an enticing prospect to women of all different tastes and styles. Hayley Menzies pieces can be worn in a variety of ways, as scarves, as cover ups even as fashionable accessories. This summer the brand’s bright feather trimmed Sahara shawls look ideal for both day to day wear and summer adventures.

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Named after a Russian folk heroine Vassilisa is a London based brand that creates beautiful, luxurious silk scarves. Inspired by their beautiful mythical namesake Vassilisa have made it their mission to bring fairytale-like beauty to women all over the world. Founded in 2008 by Russian designer Nadja Solovieva the brand’s opulent and attractive designs have already featured in Vogue, Elle and Tatler and have been seen of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Chalize Theron and Cate Blanchett. Despite taking inspiration from myths and folklore Vassilisa’s designs are modern and fashionable without being too trendy making the scarves ideal for style conscious contemporary women  For the Vassilisa woman a scarf is not merely a luxurious piece of cloth but a beautiful, multifunctional travelling companion. In short a Vassilisa scarf is the ultimate accessory for women who appreciate beauty, luxury and modernity.

Vassilisa’s pieces fuse influences from the past with an edgy, almost rock and roll, sensibility making for a distinctly eclectic aesthetic. Peace symbols, animal prints and even disembodied mink, lemur and fox tails all appear in the brand’s dizzyingly beautiful designs.  The result is scarves that are modern and eminently desirable yet slightly whimsical and even surreal in places. These are scarves quite unlike the bland accessories found on the high street; Vassilisa scarves may be fashionable but their unique look certainly makes them stand out from the crowd. In addition the brand uses only the most luxurious yarns such as silk and cashmere giving their scarves an opulence and sumptuousness that few accessories share.

In essence this is a brand that creates truly beautiful and versatile accessories; a Vassilisa scarf is luxurious enough to make you feel special but also stylish enough to wear almost every day. All of this makes Vassilisa’s gorgeous designs just the thing for bringing a little luxury to a fashionable wardrobe.

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Founded by two Parisians Jenny and Delphine accessories brand Hipanema and its ready-to-wear sister label Amenapih create colourful, attractive pieces ideal for free spirited fashionistas. The pair met whilst travelling in Brazil and soon decided to bring a little Brazilian glamour back to Europe. They started by adding magnetic clasps to colourful, handmade Brazilian bracelets thus turning them into easy to wear accessories; they then went on to expand Hipanema’s range  to include bags, belts and swimwear. Now the duo have launched a ready-to-wear collection, named Amenapih, which is, once again, infused with Brazilian colour and vitality. These are clothes and accessories that are just made for white sandy beaches and exotic foreign adventures.

Hipanema and Amenapih’s vivid, eclectic and exotic aesthetic is unmistakably bohemian yet also accessible; these are clothes and accessories that any style conscious women can wear with confidence. This is fashion designed to add a little fun, colour and exotic glamour to any wardrobe; though Hipanema and Amenapih’s may be born in Rio they could easily be worn on the streets of London or Paris. A Hipanema bracelet could be worn as easily with jeans, a white shirt and blazer as it could with one of the brand’s sexy and vibrant bikinis. Similarly a bright Amenapih dress could grace the city streets, a raucous festival or a serene beach. In essence Hipanema and Amenapih’s designs are striking but sartorially flexible and effortlessly stylish; these are not kooky, idiosyncratic pieces but distinctive, lively products that can be worn on a daily basis and incorporated into a fashion conscious wardrobe.

Brazil is one of the most vibrant countries on the planet and Hipanema and Amenapih capture this vibrancy in their designs. You may not be heading to Rio this summer but Hipanema and Amenapih are dedicated to bringing a little bit of Brazil to you.

Hannah Balsdon

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