Friday, 9 December 2011

NOIR at Summerhall this Saturday!

This Saturday is an event I have been looking forward to for months, it promises to be one of the biggest and in my opinion by far the best Christmas market event this season. I will be in the main hall with designers Rowanjoy and Lost Forward.

Join Noir! for an all day fashion, food and arts market; a distinctly seasonal affair celebrating Scotlandʼs creative talent through bespoke stalls, pop-up exhibits, live performance, activities for kids and a grand fashion show plus plenty of refreshments throughout the day.

Set in Summerhall - previously Edinburgh University’s Dick Veterinary School and boasting some of the capital’s finest architectural features - this event allows you to explore and interact within an incredible location steeped in history.

There are five main areas to wander through and investigate, while the corridors themselves will be adorned with artworks and installations.

*Main Hall - Fashion Market*

Enjoy meeting and shopping from the best designers and boutiques Scotland can offer, all under one roof for the day.

Stalls include: Harris Tweed of Hebrides, Jane Davidson, Godiva Boutique, WE ARE FAUX eyelashes, Belinda Robertson, Kakao by K, Gillespie Designs, Odyssey Lingerie, Chouchou Couture, Edinburgh College of Art (Fashion & Jewellery), Joyce Paton, Shhh-oooh, Euan McWhirter, Shud, Ruth Barclay, Lotuslily, Rene Walrus, Judy Clark, Jane Raven,Gillespie Designs (Knockando Woolmill), Walker Slater, Vivabella, Jewellery Bird and many more...

*The Dissection Room - Bar and Food Court*

Summerhall’s bar will be serving specially made cocktails for the day plus beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks while you enjoy in the truly atmospheric and original Dissection Room.

Sample culinary delights from Circle Cafe, l'Escargot Bleu, Pollingtons, Chocolate Tree and Herbie’s while Deeside Drinks Emporium will be on hand to find that perfect bottle for Christmas.

Peruse Noir!'s latest collaboration with The Edinburgh College of Art in the glass cabinets lining the Dissection Room. One display will be a selection of the finest Jewelry and fashion from this year's crop of young talent.

The finale on the day will be a fashion show in the Dissection Room. As with previous Noir! editions expect impressive styling, staging and cutting edge industry associations as well as the cream of Scotlandʼs modeling talent being put through their paces.

*The Bone Library*

Edinburgh’s foremost pop-up shop specialists, Go Reborn, present a selection of independent artists and their affordable products. Original prints, cards, T-shirts and the like that you won’t find anywhere near the high street.

In the two adjacent rooms Kiss the Fish will be running kid's creative workshops throughout the day; bring your little ones here for a hands-on and fun workshop and get them making those Christmas presents for Granny early.

*The Anatomy Lecture Room*

Avant-garde collective Neu! Reekie! will host an afternoon selection of spoken word, poetry, live music and short film. Set in the snug and mysterious lecture theatre, that is one of Summerhall’s finest treasures, you’ll literally feel the history seep through the wooden, hemispherical seating as Edinburgh's canniest creatives perform just for you.

*The Courtyard*

Artisan Roast have winter-warming coffee, cakes and pastries on hand so you can enjoy a break from it all.

In the adjoining hallways Noir! presents Such & Such, Superclub, The Skinny, Charlie Anderson and photographic exhibits curated by Zwart Creative Bureau.


About the charity this event is in aid of:
Home-Start Edinburgh West & South West recruits and trains volunteers to support parents with children under five years old by offering families friendship and practical help. We are always looking for volunteers or trustees. Please get in touch for more information. 0131 347 2881

Buy tickets here:

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Fairtrade Gifts for the home!

As we are in the month of gift giving, here at Godiva we decided to get some alternatives to clothing and accessories. We have gifts for the home! or home type activities. These really gorgeous Aprons and tables set are from our local and Kenyan fairtrade designer label Johari.
These items are all screen printed cotton with the print of the Acacia tree. Very pretty I think you will agree and as I get older I must admit the need for matching table sets and aprons is becoming stronger! I especially like the The Malkia (Queen) Apron for it's cute 50's domestic goddess shape, The Jamala (courtesy) Apron is bibbed and suitable for both men and women chefs! Of these are more than just an Aprons, as Johari products are more than fairtrade as all the profit for Johari sales go back to support the local Kenyan community these products are produced in and help pay for education and important community projects there. 
The Kilele ('At The Top') Table Set consists of a 210cmx40cm cotton table runner and four polyester napkins all with print of the Acacia tree. Easily washable and looks great for any dinner party.  As each Johari garment is unique and individually handmade we only have a limited amount in stock, all now available in store.
The Aprons are £25-£28 and the table set £33.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Help raise money for Scottish Autism tonight

This week ahead we are doing our bit for charity twice and it's starts tonight at Cargo to help raise money for Scottish Autism. The night as you can see from the flyer will be more of a ladies night though all welcome! So do come along and support the night, have a free glass of fizz, some canapes, get a hand massage, persue some excellent Christmas gift ideas and start your Christmas shopping at discounted prices. We will be there with designer Rowanjoy!
See you later tonight! x

Friday, 2 December 2011

Funk Fair! Be there or miss out on some great vintage treats

This month is packed with fairs and events that we are taking part in with the run up to Christmas. Tomorrow from 10am-5pm Godiva and Rowanjoy will be there with some exclusive Funk Fair stock and  we will be at Funk Fair alongside some other great independent and vintage sellers.  Pop in to say hi and grab yourself a bargain! We love Funk Fair and if you haven't been you've missed out. So don't miss this one.
See you tomorrow! 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Get some gift this Thursday & don't miss the spiced Gingerbread men!

Yes folks it's that time of year again to connect with ones' inner elf and start gifting your friends and family with gifts, and where better place to start than with us here at Godiva this Thursday 1st December. The fairy lights are on, the decorations hung and its really starting to feel like Christmas.

We have a vast selection of gift idea for you and some wine to assist you while you peruse our lovely showroom. We are gifting a massive 15% discount on the night as an early Christmas present to all you great customers. If this wasn't enought to persuade you to pop down,  Krystle is busy in her kitchen making spiced cupcakes & festive gingerbread men to munch on throughout the evening!

See you Thursday! x 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tick Tock Godiva has a lot of Clocks!

Recently in store we have had a huge influx of clocks, watches and general time keeping accessories. So many I just has to blog about them. I maybe developing some kind of obsession to make sure everyone on the world keeps good time and keeps it fashionable. These pictures are just a small selection of what we have on offer this seasons must have accessory, so says me.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

ECA graduate David Vallance

                                                                   David Vallance

  Over the years Godiva has been showcasing final year collections from many great talented ECA graduates and this collection from David Vallance is something a little different this year, from the usual colour and pattern explosions that normally hang from the rails in the showroom. It is a sleek and tailored contrast in Godiva and we are proud to have this fantastic work in store.

In his own words, "This collection is inspired by a recent trip to La Dune du Pilat in France, a place of contrasting environments. Through the use of contrasting fabrics, such as Satin Organza and Doe-Skin Wool, and combining new methods of pattern-cutting with classic tailoring - the collection manages to be structural yet wearable, soft yet hard creating the perfect sense of contrast."

You may not be able to tell by the black and grey photos, but the collection consists of very muted tones of fawn, brown, cream and of course black. The collection is made up of tailored fitted cotton and organza shirt dresses, an organza dress, leather shorts, suede culottes and a Doe Skin structured coat, which is a great piece. I especially love the suede culottes and the Rope belts are a wardrobe must. 

David's collection will be on sale until the end of the year so please do pop in and check it out.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Mannequin Lamps

Just when you though you had seen it all along come these  super stylish wooden Mannequin men & women lamps! These are the perfect home accessory to make your home stand out from the interiors crowd and give a little kick of quirky joy to any room.
Hand Made here in Edinburgh, these genius lamps can not only stand but they sit, kneel, wave, kick, in fact the can assume most position you wish to put them in. They come boxed with a stand and there is an array of coloured shades to chose from and dress them with.

Finally available ONLINE in store

Give a Mannequin man or woman a home today.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Silhouette Silver Jewellery by Alexis Southam

This summer Edinburgh based designer Alexis Southam brought us beautifully designed and cut sterling silver Stags and Rosemary inspired jewellery. This Autumn her collection is called 'Silhouette'. Influenced by vintage silhouettes this very feminine and delicate new collection is again crafted in sterling silver, and has hand-drawn inserts making each one very unique.
All these pieces are now available online and in store and prices start at £15!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Shop Showcase tomorrow!

Just a reminder for those you may not have seen this eyebleeding flyer, we are having a shop customer evening tomorrow night! So please do come along with a friend or two or five to have a social peruse of our great stock in, get some ideas for, dare I say it, Christmas and take advantage of the generous 15% discount off all stock. All this fun with a complimentary glass of wine!
We are really looking forward to it!
See you tomorrow! :) x

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Zebra & Swallow print scarves! LOVE

There have been many great things being added to the Godiva showroom of late and one of our best sellers are the animal print scarves. In fact they have been selling so well this is the first batch I have had time to take pictures of them before they fly out the door! 2m length by 1m wide these scarves are the perfect Autumn accessory. We currently have the Zebra and Swallow print in all the great colours shown. Pop in store or call the shop if you wish to buy one of these limited stock scarves.
Thanks to Krystle, our newest addition to the Godiva team, for modeling the latest batch for me before I had to run out for my awful dentist nightmare appointment yesterday, after my 4 injections and gum sorting I cheered myself up by treating myself to the grey Swallow one, love it and cosy it is too. Treat yourself or someone else today!