For those with a passion for accessories that are floral, feminine and inspired by nature will love Olivia Burton. The brand started in 2011 after best friends Jemma and Lesa took the plunge and started their own watch and jewellery company. The inspiration for starting the brand came from a shared love of design as well as the desire to find a watch they wanted to wear. Jemma and Lesa met on their first day at university, both studying at the London College of Fashion. After graduation, both Jemma and Lesa went off to pursue successful careers in fashion, working for top brands such as ASOS, TopShop and Selfridges. However, the duo had other ideas when it came to their careers which started in 2011.
As they were both ex-fashion buyers with a passion for vintage style, they would often be found at antique markets, picking up beautiful vintage timepieces. Whilst these watches were undoubtedly beautiful, they often weren’t in working condition, giving Jemma and Lesa all the motivation they needed to create their own collection of vintage inspired timepieces.
Here is a look at their brand story straight from their YouTube channel:
They took the plunge and quit their jobs and began shaping the business of their dreams, which all started from the kitchen table. The brand was named ‘Olivia Burton’ after Lesa’s great aunt, who was a great inspiration for the girls with her high spirit and energy. Their first collection debuted in September on the 12th, this collection inspired by vintage fashion trends, straight from the runway.
Now, 7 years after their debut, Olivia Burton are still releasing beautiful, vintage-inspired watch and jewellery collections. As we are now official stockists of the brand we thought we would show you our favourite timepieces from there watch collections for those who aren’t already familiar with the brand.
The first timepiece comes from one of Olivia Burton’s recent collections, Under the Sea. The dial shows off this key theme in style with a blue and purple dial. The case and dial are silver stainless steel, suited to those who wish to combine this watch with other silver accessories within their wardrobe. The floral feminine edge that is iconic to the brand is also the centre of this design and is perfect for those wanting to add subtle colours to their attire.
The ‘We Love Bee’s’ collection is one of the most popular out of all the collections designed and crafted by Olivia Burton watches. This particular watch showcases the iconic bee design in the centre of the dial, surrounded by an overall simplistic style with the rest of the watch. The lilac leather strap is right on trend this season with lilac and lavender tones found throughout several other watch collections, inspired by the runways of the spring and summer fashion designs.
Unlike many other watch brands, Olivia Burton has not only catered for a watch market that desires vintage, floral and feminine timepieces. Olivia Burton has also included a collection of vegan watches. If you are vegan or are looking for a watch that is environmentally friendly then this vegan collection is aimed at you. This particular timepiece styles a nude strap combined with a black floral dial, we would recommend wearing this watch as a statement piece, combined with other nude accessories.
It is clear from our previous watch recommendations that Olivia Burton watches are inspired by nature and Woodland Bunny watch is no exception. Perfect for animal lovers, specifically those with a soft spot for rabbits, this watch combines a gorgeous black leather strap with a white dial, a bunny at the centre of the dial. If your lifestyle is adapted around your love for animals then you will be pleased to know that this watch is also vegan.
The fifth and final Oliva Burton timepiece we are recommending is this simple yet stylish black and rose gold watch. The dial of this watch is simple, showing off Roman numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock mark in gorgeous rose gold. The bow found on the strap represents Olivia Burton’s vintage style well. This watch would look good styled with formal dresses, combined with rose gold jewellery for a completed and co-ordinated look.
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