Halloween is coming and we’ve created a very special Tatty Devine style guide for some of our favourite witches. First up: Hocus Pocus head sister, Winifred Sanderson, who we think would definitely cut a dash in the Seance Hands Statement Necklace. Well, when a lady is brought back from the dead after three hundred years, she needs some serious statement jewellery. Dost thou comprehend?

What could be better for 1990s sorceress Sabrina Spellman than the Cat Mask Statement Necklace? It’s the perfect stylish tribute to her wisecracking feline sidekick, Salem.

There has never been a cooler sight than Eglantine Price brandishing a sword and flying into battle in classic film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. We recommend the Cutlass Necklace and a chorus of Substitutiary Locomotion

Scary style icon Nancy Downs flew the flag for nose rings and spiked chokers in teen classic The Craft. We think our shimmering Midnight Mystic Collar Necklace has ‘high school sorceress’ written all over it.

Sunningdale’s most stylish resident, Willow needs an equally stylish accessory. We prescribe the Fortune Teller Necklace, complete with a glittering crystal ball.

Two dimensional witch Meg’s robes are crying out for the Fishbone Necklace – and we think Mog would approve, too!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten all you warlocks out there. Treat yourself to a set of cute Ghost Cufflinks for All Hallows’ Eve.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Shop our most spookily stylish jewellery now.

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Last weekend we packed up our tool kits and hopped on the train to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to host some very special jewellery making workshops in celebration of their latest exhibition, Discovering TutAnkhAmun. Keen Egyptologists and Tatty Devine fans alike headed along for the exclusive chance to make their very own statement Eye of Horus Necklace.

Plier expert Flo led the workshop and taught our eager guests how to open and close their jump rings (wearing her Grease inspired Name Necklace!)

Slowly but surely, the Eye of Horus Necklaces began to come together…

When every piece was correctly joined to the next, it was time to remove the protective film and clean the shining gold and sapphire mirror Perspex.

Ta-da! A statement necklace fit for Pharaoh, hand made by a Tatty Devine fan.

Fancy taking part in a Tatty Devine jewellery making workshop? Check out our latest events and book your place now.

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As crisp October nights draw in and the trees begin to shed their leaves in earnest, turn your thoughts to strange happenings in the middle of the night. Inspired by the ancient art of astrology and mysterious psycho-kinetic powers, our Midnight Mystic jewellery is every soothsayer’s must-have accessory. Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, join us as we draw back the veil on design process behind this season’s most otherworldly story:

It all began, as all the best Tatty Devine stories do, in Harriet’s sketchbook. Inspired by arcane happenings in the dead of the night, she began the first drawings for celestial stars and crescent moons. Beautiful matt black beads stamped with gilt astral symbols rolled across workshop tables and out of this world ideas began to appear between the pages.

The finished version of a Tatty Devine piece can often look quite different from the first sample! When the original trial of the Midnight Mystic Necklace began to take shape, it consisted of hanging beaded strands and shining mirror gold Perspex moons. Rosie and Harriet review each stage of the design process to make sure they’re happy with the jewellery. The near-black Perspex stars that you see here? They just weren’t quite right… Onto the next trial!

Every single star was laser cut in our East London studio under the watchful eyes of our workshop wizards Becs, Annick, Sarah, Wendy and Becki. Talented jewellery making experts, they make sure each Tatty Devine design is made to the highest standard.

Underneath the protective layer of film, shimmering pearlescent charcoal stars were waiting to be revealed. Laser etched and hand inked golden stars, moons and planets on each one pay homage to the wonder of the night sky.

Every sorceress needs to match her necklace to her earrings, so we created statement Midnight Mystic Earrings, too. Matt gold Perspex moons hang elegantly from golden chains, accompanied by glossy five pointed stars and celestial beads.

 

After months of development, sampling and testing, the Midnight Mystic Necklace was ready to appear in our Autumn Winter 2014 collection - as if by magic!

Fallen under its spell? Shop the Midnight Mystic story in store and online now.

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Get set to sparkle on Bonfire Night and make your own Crystal Firework Brooch with Tatty Devine Creative Director, Harriet Vine MBE. Discover the inspiration behind the original Firework Brooch and learn the essential techniques and skills needed to make this iconic brooch from Harriet herself. Tickets are limited – book now!

You’ll have to make it snappy to get your claws on tickets for our Lobster Necklace Workshop. Pick your Perspex pieces and learn how to embellish them with glittering Swarovski cut crystals to create your perfect necklace. Take your pick from two dates and book now!

Stay tuned for more exciting new workshops coming soon…

 

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Glitter? Check! Neon cape? Check! Last weekend, we adorned ourselves in the most outrageous outfits in our wardrobes and headed to the 13th Alternative Miss World beauty pageant. Founded by sculptor Andrew Logan in 1972, there are absolutely no restrictions on entry, meaning anything (and we mean anything!) goes.

It was a dream come true when Birdy from Shoreditch Sisters WI asked us to create a one-off piece of jewellery for the swimwear round. 2014′s theme is Neon Numbers and we knew we had to come up with a suitably cheeky creation to grace fabulous contestant, Jonny a.k.a. Miss Neon Natal. Harriet channelled her lifelong appreciation of innuendo as she recreated everybody’s favourite number in super sized swirls of psychedelic neon Perspex.

Jonny visited our studio for a special fitting to make sure that each number would sit perfectly when making its debut on stage.

(Love Harriet’s Banana Necklace? Buy it here!) After weeks of secret preparation in our East London studio, our Fibonacci Soixante Neuf Necklace and Head Piece were ready to hit the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe!

… And here they are! After appearing in a carnival style costume for the first round, Miss Neon Natal took the crowd by storm in high heels, some rather saucy pants and our oversized accessories. The halo like ’6′ headpiece references classic Byzantine icons, whilst the matching ’9′ necklace pays tribute to the wonder of Fibonacci numbers which appear everywhere in nature from pinecones to shells – and even mankind itself.

Of course, our hearts belonged to Jonny (especially in this neon get up!) but we fell in love with every contestants’ costumes, too. Each one emerged onto the hallowed stage of the Globe in a glorious riot of colour, glitter and, erm, inflatable rubber…

We even spotted host Grayson Perry striking a pose for the cameras backstage with Harriet and Jonny!

After the amazing winner Miss Zero + was crowned in a signature Andrew Logan tiara, Alternative Miss World ended as all good parties should with a mass singalong and dancing on the stage of the Globe. The only pageant where the grand prize has been won by a robot, Alternative Miss World is a joyous celebration of being completely unique – whoever you are.

‘The effect of Alternative Miss World spreads around the world. It’s like throwing a pebble in the pool. The ripples go out then settle and emerge again when the time is right.”

- Andrew Logan

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Look who we spotted on pop princess Kylie Minogue’s Instagram this weekend! Ms Minogue is travelling the world with our GIANT Lobster Necklace, aka Bruce, who has become her official tour mascot. Our chic crustacean is a firm favourite with fashion A-listers. Alexa Chung Instagramed herself wearing it in her inimitable style and rumour has it Lady Gaga snapped one up at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore exhibition earlier this year.

We were very excited to see Bruce making an appearance on Instagram, especially as we created one-off Tatty Devine earrings for Kylie and her dancers to wear on stage. Make sure to keep an eye out for them!

Add Bruce to your collection now.

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It’s finally here! What better way to celebrate the finale of the Great British Bake Off than sharing our very own showstopper from the Tatty Devine archives? Back in 2009, we were asked to design and create a very special 100th Birthday Cake for the best department store in the world, Selfridges.

There’s nothing we like more than a cake break at Tatty Devine HQ so we were very excited to take get our piping bags out! First of all, we laser cut heart detailed cake boards in Selfridges iconic yellow and black colour way and hunted down colourful ribbons and the perfect Perspex trinkets, shapes and charms to adorn each dummy cake layer. Well, it wouldn’t be a Tatty Devine cake without Perspex, would it?

We couldn’t resist sneaking in a tribute to the cover of the Rolling Stones’ album Let It Bleed by adding a vinyl record to one of the three layers. Did you know baking queen Delia Smith actually constructed that cake for the Stones before she was famous?

Music is a big inspiration for Tatty Devine so it seemed fitting to adorn one layer with cute plastic musical instruments and silver shoes. Check out those cheeky Can-Can Legs, too!

The next tier was held up by four dancing cupids carrying yellow versions of the Lolly Necklace. Spot the glossy red lips, glitter stars, flowers and silver mirror horses, too!

It was a labour of love, but finally Harriet adorned each layer with piped finishing touches in a riot of colour. When Tatty Devine first began, Rosie and Harriet scoured cake supply shops for fun plastic decorations to turn into charm bracelets and necklaces. It seemed only fitting to adorn our Selfridges cake with kitsch Happy Birthday pieces, too!

The top tier was reserved, as all birthday cakes should be, for candles. Lots of candles! We even found some amazing candles that were designed to look like crayons. We kept our fingers crossed and hoped that Selfridges would love it…

… and they did! A very special edible replica of our cake was made for Selfridges birthday party, where we celebrated alongside fabulous ladies wearing specially designed dresses with giant cartoon eyes by designer Giles. Boris Johnson teamed up with drag queen Johnny Woo to cut the cake and the stylish Lonely Hearts DJs played all the best tunes.

What do you think of our showstopper? Would it get the thumbs up from Paul and Mary?

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Drink up! Shop and sip at our Covent Garden store to celebrate London Cocktail Week with delicious complimentary Freixenet Fizz cocktails. We have a very special surprise in store for cocktail loving ladies and gents, too. Get a free limited edition Tatty Devine cocktail stirrer when you spend £35 or more this week.*

Head in store between these times for your complimentary Freixenet Fizz cocktails:

Wednesday 8th Oct: 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 9th Oct: 6pm – 8pm
Friday 10th Oct: 4pm – 7pm

Whether you’re the next cocktail making super star or prefer to leave it to the professionals, don’t miss out on your cute Perspex balloon cocktail stirrer. Make sure you tweet and Instagram your snaps with the hashtag #LCW14, too. Cheers!

*Whilst stocks last. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

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Hooray for Buy British Day! Launched by Best of Britannia at the House of Commons, today is the day to celebrate amazing independent businesses and encourage your friends and family to discover and buy more British-made products.

When Tatty Devine first began, each piece of jewellery was made by Rosie and Harriet in their bedrooms – at that point, we didn’t have a real studio! As the word spread and buyers from amazing stores including Harvey Nichols began to call, we made the move to our Brick Lane studio which later became our very first shop. As Tatty Devine went from strength to strength and more jewellery makers joined the production team, Rosie and Harriet knew that they wanted to keep manufacturing in Britain.

Rosie: “We started making in Britain because we didn’t have the money or sales volume to get items made abroad in factories, so we developed our own manufacturing system and techniques, which in turn has informed our aesthetic. We don’t outsource abroad as one of our main values is manufacturing in Britain. We’re passionate about supporting the British economy and also representing good quality original design.”

Harriet: “We want to keep manufacturing in our own studios because it gives us ultimate control and our turn around times can be very swift, which is not the case when manufacturing abroad. It’s far more cost and time effective as we don’t have to travel abroad to manage the process and it ensures the high quality that Tatty Devine has become known for. We have a very skilled local work force that we train ourselves, which means we know exactly who is making each piece of Tatty Devine jewellery.”

From a walnut wood Horse Brooch to a silhouette Trapeze Necklace, every piece of Tatty Devine jewellery is designed, laser cut and hand finished by the talented teams in our London and Kent workshops.

Since the very beginning, our bespoke Name Necklace has been one of our most popular pieces. Choose your name, font, Perspex colour, charm and chain and the expert jewellery makers at our East London studio will design and create it especially for you. Watch them in action here!

Our second jewellery making studio in based in Kent, where Harriet grew up. From carefully hand painting Swallow Brooches to laser cutting beautiful Peacock Butterflies, keep up with the team’s behind the scenes snaps over on Instagram.

Over the years, we’ve worked with many artists, creatives and designers who share our passion for manufacturing in Britain. We loved teaming up with long time collaborator and paper cut artist Rob Ryan on a precious collection in 18ct gold, 18ct rose gold and sterling silver last year. Staying true to our principles, the collection was designed in Rob’s workshop and our East London studio, laser cut by our team to create intricate miniature casts and made in London’s Hatton Garden by expert jewellers. Harriet explains,

The finish of the jewellery was really important to us. We wanted the best quality and it would have been impossible to achieve that anywhere but Hatton Garden!

Discover all about Buy British Day and find out how you can get involved now.

Proud to show your support for British brands? Don’t forget to share your Tatty Devine jewellery snaps on Twitter today with the hashtag #BuyBritishDay.

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Calling all vinyl lovers! We couldn’t believe our luck when we heard that Sister Ray Records has opened a brand new East London location, Sister Ray Ace, just down the road from our studio. From charm bracelets adorned with miniature records that featured in our very first collection to hosting electro queen Peaches live in our Brick Lane store, music has been a constant source of inspiration for Tatty Devine over the past fifteen years. Rosie and Harriet explain:

“Music is at the very heart of every one of our collections. We both love heading to gigs and taking turns choosing the soundtrack for the day in our studio. When we first started Tatty Devine in the early 2000s, we’d head down to Berwick Market to buy chains and supplies from the market and fabric shops. We always used to pop into Sister Ray Records on the way back – we never left without a new record to add to the collection! You never know what you’re going to find when you’re flicking through the racks. Before the internet, you talked to the people who worked there for their recommendations and just stumbled upon new favourites. Vinyl is so special – it really is forever.”

As part of our 15th Birthday celebrations, Rosie and Harriet headed along to Sister Ray Ace on a very special mission to hunt down the top five albums that have influenced Tatty Devine over the past fifteen years…

The Velvet Underground & Nico

Harriet: ”I was introduced to The Velvet Underground through my brother’s bedroom wall – he had all the best records. It’s an eternally cool album and the cover definitely influenced the design of the Banana Necklace, too. I loved that you could peel off the banana sticker on the original cover – I like anything a little bit rude!”

Rosie: “It just has all the best songs. Venus in Furs, All Tomorrow’s Parties… Both Harriet and I love Nico, too. Even though it came out in 1967, it sounds as though it was written yesterday.”

Sonic Youth – Goo

Rosie: “Goo is one of the best albums ever. I loved the video for Kool Thing, too. Kim Gordon is the coolest woman in the world.”

Harriet: “Kim Gordon is so cool it makes me ache! I can’t concentrate when we play Sonic Youth in the studio. Those guitar riffs, the lyrics… I get overwhelmed by it all and just want to sit there and take it all in.”

Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk

Rosie: “Belle and Sebastian are the seminal Tatty Devine band. This is the seminal Tatty Devine record! It was a dream come true to design the original Dog on Wheels Brooch as merchandise for them.”

Harriet: “We were so obsessed with Belle and Sebastian that we even put on “2000 Troubled Teenagers”, a whole Belle and Sebastian themed night with Joe Egg. I was in charge of the clay modelling competition and you could win Isobel Campbell’s hair grips!” 

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Harriet: “We play Rumours in the studio all the time. Sometimes my assistant Siff and I will look at each other and say, “Is it a Fleetwood Mac afternoon?” and stick it on! It had a big influence on our Autumn Winter 2014 collection. Stevie Nicks is very present in all the jewellery.”

FKA Twigs – LP1

Rosie: “This album is one of our new favourites. I really love what FKA Twigs does. She looks amazing, has her own unique sense of style and isn’t a product of anything which is very inspiring. She’s a leader.”

Feeling inspired to share your musical knowledge? Good news: we’ve teamed up with Sister Ray Ace to celebrate our 15th Birthday with a fun Twitter competition. One lucky winner will receive the Plectrum Necklace and Sister Ray Ace vouchers worth £50. Fancy bagging the prize? Here’s how to enter:

Simply follow both Tatty Devine and Sister Ray Ace on Twitter and tweet us your favourite album of all time using the hashtag #TD15.

Good luck – and get thinking!

*The small print: To enter, follow both Tatty Devine and Sister Ray Ace on Twitter and tweet your answer with the hashtag #TD15. We will randomly select one winner from all tweets sent before midnight on 12th October 2014 and the winner will receive one Tatty Devine Plectrum Necklace, plus £50 worth of Sister Ray Ace vouchers. This competition is not open to Tatty Devine & Sister Ray employees, their families, agencies or anyone connected with Tatty Devine or Sister Ray. There is no cash alternative, and your prize is non-negotiable, and not refundable. We will notify the winner Twitter and on this blog by 1pm on 13th October 2014 and if the prize isn’t claimed within two days of the winner being notified, Tatty Devine will randomly select another winner.

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