Monday 18 May 2015

Edinburgh Reviewed; Design by K Jewellery at Kakao

Scandiburgh is not a term I have gotten to use before, but after meeting with Karina the owner and designer of the gorgeous Kakao by K boutique in Edinburgh this weekend, it is a term I can say I am happy to have learned! I adore Scandinavian design so a boutique that is curated around that feel, sitting right in central Edinburgh is an absolute dream for me. Clean, fresh and stylish Scandi-style seems so effortlessly chic to me, and Karina has worked hard to pull together a sensational collection of clothes and accessories that incorporate that mood in one beautiful shop that just makes for a wonderfully relaxing and bright shopping experience. Her laid-back but vibrant personality shines through and watching her at work with the customers I can see why everyone is smiling in store, she never fails to make anyone feel less than special which is a lovely personal quality in a shop. It is no wonder she was a finalist in last years Drapers Independents awards who recognise the best in independent retailing.

Stocking labels that I am a huge fan of already such as Oliva Burton watches, Petite Bateau and Gestuz, Karina has put her hand to designing her own range to add to the impressive designer list. Design by K is a jewellery collection that takes from her Scandinavian heritage and mixes it with her Edinburgh lifestyle and has some beautiful pieces included. I was bowled over by her eye for shapes as all the pieces are just the style I adore, minimal and dainty and perfect for everyday wear.Karina filled me in on the collection and the influence behind them, incorporating the unfussy lines she loves with darker chains on many inspired by the dark brick of the Edinburgh buildings she is surrounded by. There is definately a combination and style to suit any outfit or mood thanks to her vision.

I am in love with geometric styles right now and have long been a sucker for a simple disc style chain, so you can imagine I was in heaven taking a look at these pieces. I am terrible for never wearing earrings these days so I really loved the addition of the long delicate styles she included as they look incredibly classic and the longer necklaces are just what I need to jazz up a summer maxi skirt. The prices are fantastic too, starting from £20 up to around £40, the Design by K collection is fab value which handily leaves you plenty of pennies for some of the other amazing bits in store. The whole collection won't be launching until the 28th of May so consider this your lucky sneak peak- but in the mean time you can head into the shop on Thistle Street or take a look at the amazing brand line up on the website. Karina has been keeping the shop blog up to date with her top picks of the season too so you can get a feel for what is waiting in store. I was delighted to find new brands to keep my eye on after my visit, with Soaked in Luxury and YAS really grabbing me with their offerings. I highly recommending popping in to meet Karina if you can, she is a wonderfully bubbly host with an impeccable eye for style who won't let you leave disappointed.

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