Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Rebecca Jane Leather Bags

Bron Leather Polkadot Clutch Bag £36.00

Grey Rouched Leather Bag £36.00

Round Grey Rouched bag £36.00

Black round Polkadot leather bag £36.00

Black rouched Tatiana Leather Bag £70

Brown leather rouched leather bag

Grey recycled Leather bags with zip pockets and 2 straps.

Brown recycled Leather bags with zip pockets and 2 straps.

Recycled Leather jacket bag with 2 straps & pockets! £120
Godiva has been selling bags by Rebecca Jane London for some time now. Her work is of the highest standard and her finished products are the best I have seen throughout my 10years of Godiva. Hand made from hand picked recycled leather, they are ethical, one off and great quality. Rebecca has thought of everything within the design of her bags, the 2 removable straps allow for different holds and looks, safe zip pockets on the inside and out and vintage fabric lining give them that little bit extra beauty.
These bags will just get better with age and wear and should last a lifetime.
All these bags shown are now in store!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas at Godiva!

Pop down to Godiva shop at 9 West Port tomorrow, Thursday13th December for some cheery stressfree Christmas shopping!
We will provide a great range of gifts starting at £5 upwards, some Ginger Mulled wine (& other cold alcoholic beverages for warm wine haters) some Christmas shaped treats, quality Christmas tunes and a 15% discount off all purchases! we will even wrap them for you. 
Come join us tomorrow for some festive fun! Ho ho ho 

Come see our Tree!

We have sparkly Christmas Aztec sequin mini skirts

Frolicking Reindeer Fairtrade Brooches

Vegan vintage style Satchel bags

Recycled Typewriter Cufflinks
Winter Window

Little Brass Birdy earrings  £12.00!

 Of course if you can't make it tomorrow we are open all the way up to Christmas Eve! & the online shop is shipping until 22nd!
Shop Online here

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Designer Profile: Mollie Brown

You would not be wrong to think that Mollie is the name of the designer behind the hugely successful brand Mollie Brown, it is in fact Claire.
Edinburgh born and now living in Manchester, Claires' heart is still in the city and she takes great enjoyment out of her continued success on the Edinburgh streets!
We loved receiving our monthly package from Mollie Brown as we never know what delights are going to be inside. Mollie Brown is without a doubt one of our best selling designers in store and here is what she had to say about her life as a designer.

Mollie Brown

Hello, I am …
Claire Hart of Mollie Brown

I design ………Women’s clothing and accessories

 When I am creating my typical day involves ……… to kick start my creativity I go to my favourite fabric shop in Liverpool that sells an amazing selection of remnant fabrics. Fabric shopping is probably one of my favourite things! Choosing to buy end of line rolls and roll ends enables me to pick up some really beautiful fabrics at an affordable price, therefore allowing me to sell my designs at reasonable prices. I love the excitement of not knowing what you’re going to find, with new fabrics coming in daily! So I go fabric shopping rummage through mounds of fabrics scour through hundreds of rolls, choose my favourites then head back to my studio. Here I get all the fabrics out have a good look through them and match fabrics and colours together, either mixing things up by clashing prints and fabric types or finding complimentary colour and fabric combinations. I’ll then spend the rest of the day and following few days cutting out and sewing  up my designs.
 When it comes to the actual design and shape of my creations this is an ongoing process. With new shapes evolving from the old.
 I’m constantly thinking of new ideas; these will come to me randomly throughout the day. When I do get an idea I sketch it down, I dip in and out of this idea bank taking snippets here and there, tweaking current designs with new ideas to make something new.
 I also love re-working vintage items; I find this to be a really creative process for me. I love taking something old and turning it into something new, and the things I come up with often inspire my designs.

When I am not designing and creating I am………….I like to get out as much as I  can, I work long hours in a studio space with no windows , so when I get time off I need to get out and get as much fresh air as possible, as well as spending time catching up with friends and family.

I get inspiration from …………… I love vintage fabric prints and styles; I love the colours and shapes, as well as the essence of nostalgia that they provoke. I also love art, my studio space is part of an artist studio group so I am surrounded by artists, being amongst such a creative mix of people is really inspiring and we go to lots of interesting art exhibitions.  I am inspired by day to day life from the things I read to the people I meet and see. Going to new places, visiting different countries and cities and meeting new people is really inspiring for me too.

Being an independent designer is important to me because…… As an independent designer you are creating unique one-off items.  A lot of thought and hard work goes into the designing and making of these pieces. I think this needs to be encouraged and appreciated more.  It scares me the number of people who shop in Primark, buying cheap clothing on mass and not valuing individual items, discarding things after they’ve only been worn once. I want to create items people love, value and treasure, Appreciated for their quirks and individuality, not something to be thrown away after one wear.  I wish people would just think a little before they buy and where they buy from. It is hard work competing against the mass produced items offered on the high street. I hope I will inspire other people to do the same thing as me and work for themselves, and help increase  people’s awareness and appreciation for handmade items.

I knew I wanted to be a designer when I was…………… I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer from as long as I can remember.  I always loved drawing and painting and my favourite subject at school was art.  Being good at art at school enabled me to study fashion design at University.

My greatest achievement so far is …Surviving the recession, It’s been a tough few years and a constant challenge, but I think with things being so tough it has really pushed me harder to succeed, as well as value just how lucky I am to be making a living from selling my own creations.

I cannot live without……The support of my boyfriend, friends and family, their confidence in me helps me to keep going, it can be quite difficult sometimes when you’re working on your own , you can sometimes get little moments of self doubt.

My favourite thing I have ever bought or found is ……My 1930’s dressing table, (Queen Anne style, with cabriolet legs) It’s beautiful. It was a brilliant find at only £30, it’s a bit battered but I like it that way. I use it for display at stalls, and events – it’s even been to Glastonbury with me when I had a stall there.

We have a great range of Mollie Brown's collection online and in store visit us today.

Thanks Claire for taking the time to answer our profile questions.

Next Week's Profile:
Red Brick 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas Jumpers!

Its freezing outside and its definitely is starting to feel a lot like Christmas!
Here at Godiva we have selected some great vintage inspired Christmas jumpers featuring frolicking reindeer and snowflakes to get you in the spirit and keep you toasty over the season and of course on  trend. Here is our selection of new jumpers created by Pop Boutique.
All £36 each online and in store. Get yours today!

Buy Online!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Designer Profile: Death by Diamond & Pearl

Many a designer walks through Godiva doors wanting to sell their work in our showroom and local girl Amanda was one of these upcoming designers.
 I see a lot of people doing the same kind of thing, but sometimes you get that designer who does it just a little differently and skillfully making them that cut above the rest, Death by Diamond and Pearl is definitely one of those labels.  I was so please she walked through the door that day.
Death by Diamond & Pearl is a fantastic and very affordable accessory label based in Edinburgh and for sale in our shop showroom and online

Here is Amanda's response to our designer Q&A.........

Hello, I am …
Amanda from Death by Diamond and Pearl

I design ……… Mostly Accessories at the moment such as statement collar pieces  and various sizes and shapes of bows and bowties. 

When I am creating my typical day involves ………A big coffee, composing a rough list to work through and then making a whole lot of creative mess around my flat with fabrics and threads everywhere! 

When I am not designing and creating I am………….also working part time in a costume shop, reading or catching up with friends and family.

I get inspiration from ……… various places really, I keep an eye on current/upcoming trends. I love fabric stores, charity shops and fairs because the fabric can often inspire the idea for a design. Also talking with people and friends is an invaluable input and a wander around exhibitions and museums can be the well needed motivation to get creative! 

Being an independent designer is important to me because……it’s what I love doing and it’s a great feeling to create and work in your own style. I’ve always supported and admired designers who do it all by themselves.
I knew I wanted to be a designer when I was……designing costume ideas for my childhood hobby which was majorettes ha! 

My greatest achievement so far is …………launching myself into independently designing this year. Even though it’s still early days it’s great to finally be on the ladder and I’m excited about the future. 

I cannot live without……a notebook to jot down ideas that randomly pop into my head and keep a check on the “to do” list, also peppermint tea it’s a staple part to the end of my day, yum.

My favourite thing I have ever bought or found is ……… a red button necklace, I’ve had it for years and often scared to wear it in case I break it! 

White leather Stud collar by Death by Diamond & Pearl 

Thanks Amanda for answering our Q & A! 

Next week Mollie Brown 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

This Week At Godiva #1

What a week we have had this week at Godiva Boutique! Preparations for Christmas are well underway and the deliveries have been flooding in from all your favourite designers.  

Last weekend saw the return of our bestselling sequin and beaded collars by designer Faye Taylor Hackers. These sold out fast from her last delivery, and with more styles and shapes to choose from we are expecting the same reaction again. Snap yours up in store or online here, prices range from £30 - £45.

All images from Pop Boutique

Another exciting arrival in store came from Pop vintage, delivering a top notch batch of amazing Christmas jumpers! From a classic Fair Isle knit to crazy novelty sequin numbers, there's now something for everyone here at Godiva.  The Fair Isle knits are available in our online shop for £36, but pop in store to see our range of vintage festive sequin jumpers.  We also got in an amazing range of vintage wool coats to add to our range alongside furs, macs and pea coats!

Mustard eternity scarf £55, Forest green mittens £25
Plum button hat £29, Forest green snood £29
Last but not least, Godiva favourite and long-time designer friend, knitwear brand EKA is back in stock! We have hats, snoods, eternity scarves, mittens and cute bow headbands, all hand crafted and eco friendly.  This winter's collection from EKA comes in the amazing seasonal colours of mustard, plum and forest green, and is such an affordable was to perk up your winter wardrobe.  Currently only available in store with prices ranging from £19 - £55.

What are your favourite pieces from our new winter collections? Will you be buying pretty party collars or cosy eco-knits this season?

Keep up to date with all our new deliveries and goings on in the shop with our Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Godiva wants to share the Euromillions with you!


Today we bought a Euromillions Lottery ticket for Friday 16th November. 
It's an estimated £11 Million and we have bought 3 tickets to share with you all! 
So do you want to be "in it to win it" and do your bit for MOVEMBER! 

How this works is you must be a fan on our facebook page

We will share with you if you share with us, anyone who 'LIKES' our 'FAN PAGE' and 'SHARES' this lucky ticket then you will automatically get an equal share of the
the Euromillion winnings!

Whats even better is we also plead to give away a share of the winnings to this month's charity - MOVEMBER
So get involved and remember you gotta be in it to win it! 
you have nothing to lose so help us help you. 

 We have crossed our fashionable fingers & fashionable toes and feeling lucky! 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Designer Profile: RowanJoy

Ever wondered about our independent designers? Who they are? What makes them tick and float their boat?
Well wonder no more as we have a weekly blog featuring each and every one of them. We have presented a range of questions for them to answer and thus share with you. 
This week we kick start with the longest running designer in store, someone I have personally worked with for 8 years now, drank many a bottle of wine, mused some fantastical and great ideas, and who has been a very valuable and great support to Godiva.
She also runs her label from the Studio in Store here at 9 West Port.
It's the very lovely Rowanjoy

Hello, I am …Rowan of Rowanjoy

I design ...... Mostly dresses but have been known for the odd pair of shorts, skirts to capes too. All of my designs are either one off or limited editions with a mix of fabrics, prints and textures. I also now create vintage inspired wedding dresses.

When I am creating my typical day involves ........
It varies between running my own one woman production line if I am doing a run of dresses or taking longer to create a one off piece where I play about more with my fabrics and design of the piece.

When I am not designing and creating I am .....
.....logging, keeping my website up to date, arranging photoshoots, avoiding doing my accounts.

I get inspiration from.....
a huge variety of sources, I love watching film and get a lot of inspiration from the costumes, also just seeing what people are wearing on the street and how they put their outfits together is always inspiring to see.

Being an independent designer is important to me because...... I get the freedom to do what I love everyday and get to control my business and hopefully steer it where I want to go.

I knew I wanted to be a designer when.... I was pretty young I think it was a combination of my girls world fashion wheel and watching the clothes show on a Sunday afternoon that got me hooked.

My greatest achievement so far is ......really just being able to say I am still in business, I know many people who started fashion businesses and weren’t able to continue for various reasons so to still be going I feel very proud.

I cannot live without diary it keeps me right and I haven’t yet managed put my trust in using the calender on my phone.

My favourite thing I have ever bought or found probably my miu miu glitter boots who can resist a bit of sparkle.

The Elsie Dress by Rownjoy 

Shop with Rowanjoy at her Etsy shop or with us in store or online.

Thanks Rowan for everything.

Next week..........Mollie Brown with be answering our Q's


Friday, 2 November 2012


Available online & in store!

Available online & in store!

Available online & in store!

With the arrival of the cold weather and the return of ski Sunday on television it's time to embrace this winters fashion must have - the retro ski headband. This retro patterned wool/polyester headband like the legwarmer is the ultimate 1980's fashion item and it's time we brought them back! 

£8 each these are a steal, how can you say no.
Gift them, envy them, love them, these bands are the ultimate winter accessory for the end of the noughties!
We have a great selection to choose from on our online shop!

Visit the SHOP today and get your winter look!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A/W Arrivals Online for Winter Days & Nights

The clocks have gone back and it's officially moving into Winter, I don't enjoy the weather but I do really enjoy Winter fashion.
I wanted to share some lovely new things in to warm your soul and keep you looking your best over these winter days and nights!
Here is a small hand picked selection of what's hot to trot at Godiva but do check out online store for some more New Arrivals

For the Winter days.....................................
Fairisle Knit for men and women to keep you toasty and retro.

Pleated blouse with lace detailing, perfect for day and night

New sleeved dress by Mollie Brown! Gorgeous Winter floral and heritage tweed fabrics.

Simple, super cute and vintage inspired Coco dress!

 For those Winter nights...........................
Irregular Choice sequin snood! add a bit of sparkle to Winter
Polkadot & Stripe vintage 80's!

Inject some colour into Winter with this bright red Zebra Scarf

Godiva's very own 'Lily' Dress! perfect for that Winter night out.