Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Rise and Rise of Secret Emporium

With Christmas nearly here there are pop-up markets happening all over town, full of unusual handcrafted gift ideas for your family and friends…and maybe a little treat for yourself!

Last year, I loved the Secret Emporium Christmas Market so made it a ‘must-do’ for this morning. It definitely didn’t disappoint with more sellers than last year with, for me, the jewelers stealing the show, each with their own unique styles to suit a range of budgets.

Sellers which I’ve never come across before that caught my eye included…

Fabel. In fact my friend bought me this gorgeous cobalt blue tassle necklace for Christmas as well as treating herself to a fawn coloured twisted infinity bracelet.

fabel tassle necklace and infinity bracelet

fabel emerald nautilus necklace

This Fabel necklace is definitely on my wish list for next year.

Jessica de Lotz’s handcuff necklace and her apple core necklace are great fun! The large handcuff necklace even opens with a lock and has all the mechanisms of working handcuffs.

jessica de lotz apple core and handcuff necklace

Necklaces perfect for pairing with a summer maxi dress included Alexa de Castilho’s lovely gold pineapple disc necklaceas, Strange Loop’s unusual Medusa inspired necklaces, and one of One We Made Earlier’s simple shape necklaces made form cork, wood and plastic. These necklaces reminded me of Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group.

alexa de castilho gold pineapple necklace

Alexa de Castilho’s gold pineapple disc necklace

strange loop medusa necklace

Strange Loop’s Medusa necklace

one we made earlier necklace

One We Made Earlier’s shape necklaces

E.A.Burns‘ new collection which introduced frosted acrylic pieces were as striking as the original leather studded pieces, and Nylon Sky’s beautifully finished laser cut acrylic and wood jewellery would create a statement on any outfit.

eaburns necklace

nylon sky collar clips

It was nice to see Secret Emporium Christmas Market 2012 alumni such as Yas-Ming Ceramics, Wolf and Moon with their gorgeous new ‘Crystallized’ Collection, and Kate Gilliland back selling their wares.

yas-ming ceramics

Yas-Ming Ceramics

wolf and moon kaleidoscope necklace

The Kaleidoscope necklaces from Wolf and Moon’s Crystallized Collection

kate gilliland crab necklace

Still want this cast crab necklace!

And I also got a chance to catch up with how Ali Forbes‘ busy year has been going since I first saw her collection at the Hush House Supermarket at the Bussey Building back in August. ¬†Sounds like 2014 is going to be a busy year for her!

ali forbes

The market is only open until 10pm tomorrow so definitely try and head down to the Nicholls & Clarke Building, E1 6DB. There’s a ¬£1 entry charge, and they’re also running a voluntary donation to Mind.

Of Cabbages and Kings are also holding a pop up shop in Abney Hall in Stoke Newington this weekend, and if you’re looking for more unusual , handcrafted Christmas decorations and ideas, head to the O2 where the Handmade Christmas Fair is on until Sunday.

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