This Morning…

Iphone_case_floral_rose_paint_the_coupThis quiet Saturday morning I am indulging in a little online shopping. Looking for a new iPhone case, i just can’t decide between these two! Both feature gorgeous hand-painted vintage roses. They remind me of Khokhloma, traditional Russian wood painting, known for vivid flowers. I just can’t help going back to the roots!

Please help me choose! which one do you like best?

Left, Black floral iPhone case by Joy Merryman on etsy.com
Right, Riffle Paper Co. Russian Rose iPhone case

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Interview with… Loukippi

This summer we were seeing a lot of crochet on the high street, after all nothing screams beach and sun like crochet!  Designs that offer a sexy glimpse of skin, without revealing too  much, and create a fresh and modern look. This week The Coup had a chat with Loukippi, a very talented designer behind hand-made crochet accessories. With these pieces you can take a piece of summer into the Autumn/Winter season. Collars (that are so hot right now) will add a touch of prep to your look, and delicate crochet jewellery is a boho classic. We are loving each and every piece!

Flower necklace 1915 (£18), three stacking bracelets (made to order, £6.60) and a crochet lace cuff (£12.35) all by Loukippi.

What made you decide to start your own business?

The birth of my daughter has radically changed my life, its rhythms and needs. I think I have rediscovered a need to express myself creatively, and therefore the decision to open a small Etsy shop has been a matter of course.

Where do you get your inspiration?
The first source is my love for the past, in particular for the so-called “Belle Epoque”. I find antique pattern books from that time really charming and inspiring. However also modern trends and artists, as many wonderful ones met on Etsy, inspire me a lot.

Do you create small production runs or make to order?
Some of my items require a quite long production time, therefore I replicate them but I can not create large runs; some are instead just one-of-a-kind items, as I love to try out new ideas and quit some old ones in the meanwhile.

What are your favourite fabrics to work with and why?
I love old fashioned fabrics, as taffeta and satin. However I mostly create my items with extra fine cotton thread. I use only 100% Italian threads, a very high quality cotton.

How would you define your style?
My scope would be a “modern antiquity”, turning antique patterns into modern trends. However I am just at the beginning of this style research, I am going on working…

Shop Loukippi’s designs:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/loukippi

Follow her blog:
http://loukippi.blogspot.com

An Interview with… Nomilk Today

Here at The Coup we are all about discovering fresh and unique designs. So we are very proud to introduce our new feature called  ‘An Interview with…’ where we will bring your attention to uber creative and ambitious designers from all over the world. We hope you will fall in love with their work as much as we have!

Today we are introducing you to Nomilk Today, whose fresh, geometric designs tick all the right boxes when it comes to statement jewellery. With a theme of colour blocking, Nomilk Todays pieces are bound to receive a lot of compliments.  And, bonus, until Sunday evening, we are giving The Coup readers (you) an exclusive discount of 20% on all of Todays designs. Now that’s something to smile about :)

The Coup spoke to Eva, the owner, about her beginnings, inspirations and how she makes it work, being an agronomist and a jewellery designer.

Q: What made you decide to start your own business?
Being an agronomist student in Athens, and trying to cover my own expences I worked in different jobs while studying. Then in 2010 I had to write my thesis and my time was limited. Knowing that next year I would move to the Netherlands for an Msc, I had to find a way to work from home. So, already familiar with polymer clay, I started crafting. I found Etsy, I started with the usual polymer clay sculptures and after 4 months, I came up with the idea of a polymer clay vitreau. Little by little, I managed to do a lot of progress in the way I work on this technique, but still there is more to come.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
I like to observe. A lot. I find inspiration in details around me but also on the internet. The more I browse, the more I see and get inspired. But most of all, my imagination makes the hard work here!

Q: What are your favourite materials to work with and why?
Polymer clay, definitely. Its so convenient and playful to work with, and I found out it has many more potentials than just the usual ones. Many people dont even realise that I work with polymer clay, because as far as I know, I was the first to use it to make this kind of vitreau.

Q: How would you define your style?
I really dont know how to answer this question. I suppose it depends on how someone incorporates my pieces in her wardrobe. But for sure nomilk today style is easy going and joyful!

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
On March 2011, when my work was featured on design-milk.com. This had a huge impact on the traffic in my shop and gave me a great boost!

Q: What would you like to do next?
Right now, I am just trying to make it work out together with studying. Its a bit tough, though. Next year I will finish the Msc and start working as an agronomist, but nomilk today is now part of me, I dont want to quit it! Maybe I ll do some seminars to work with silver and then combine the two means. My dream is to have my own farm in a Greek island. And then, you know farmer and jewelry designer-this is something I am looking forward to see!

Q: Do you create small production runs or make to order?
I do both, and I have to say I really like custom orders. I also accept wholesale orders for small boutiques.

Q: Where would our readers find your products for sale?
They can find my items on my Etsy page and can keep in touch through my facebook fan page

**Don’t forget to purchase all of your Nomilk Today pieces with an exclusive discount of 20%, for this weekend only. Just enter the coupon code THECOUP20 which will be valid  until Monday morning. Visit Nomilk Today shop here. Happy shopping!**