It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you the lovely Belle – creative genius behind Belle Bijoux. Her amazing accessory designs have been worn, loved and reloved by the likes of Katy Steele, Jessica Simpson, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Hawkins, Megan Gale, Kate Ceberano, Sophie and Gemma Ward.. Hardly surprising with the effectiveness of her signature lacing on all her leather work! It’s a bit hypnotising after a while – I love it. What I also love is the colour of the leather sh manages to set off with her shapes and clever craftsmanship – teal happens to be my favourite colour at the moment, so that first bag makes me die. Rachel Zoe style.
So, here we go – an interview with this talented Miss!
Hi hi, how’s it going?
Superb thanks! You?
How did you start out as a designer?
It was as easy as shopping in a bead shop with a friend and I thought I’d give it a go. Making jewellery quickly turned from a hobby into a business much to my surprise.
What would you say is the Belle Bijoux vibe?
Timeless, Old World, Effortless, Functional & Luxurious.
The amazing details and intricacies in your work get me every time! Where did your inspiration come from?
Attention to detail is always very important to me. Over 10 years a go I was in an op shop and found the most gorgeous bag which has similar lace work to what Belle Bijoux has today, I re-worked it and added my own sensibility and it’s now the signature of Belle Bijoux.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
On an island in the Bahamas! ha ha! Hopefully still creating pieces for women to love and keep forever… whilst living in the Bahamas of course!
Which is your all time favourite Belle Bijoux piece?
Def the signature piece the Etta Bag. This bag will forever stay in the Classics Collection and from time to time I have and will continue to inject it into future collections in different colours and leather finishes.
Who’s your favourite style icon of the moment?
Anna Dello-Russo – Mostly because of her Bravery, Her Fun, Colour and Chic. I couldn’t pull off most of her looks but who wouldn’t want to wear McQueen Haute Couture to the office?
To you, does a bag mean to an outfit?
They can make or break an outfit! A look that could be quite average/boring without them can be transformed into WOW in just seconds! Which can also work in reverse, a great outfit can be let down by a tacky bag.
Our last interviewee, designers Laura Hall and Gillian Mahin of For Love and Lemons, would like to know: What blogs are you following now?
As always I LOVE the Satorialsit, Simply Shoe Obsessed and the Green Style Blog.
And last of all, what’s a random question would you like to ask the next interviewee?
What is your personal fashion moment last season?
Thanks Belle! :)
Check out more of her work HERE.