Abi-K Brighton now OPEN!
Dear wonderful customers, I’m thrilled to announce my new Brighton Pop-up Shop is now OPEN! Situated in the premium retail redevelopment of the Hanningtons Estate, in the heart of The Lanes, visit me at 6 Hanningtons Lane, Brighton, BN1 1GS and shop with confidence in our Covid-19 safe environment.
We can have 3 customers in at one time. Contact free hand sanitiser is available at the door and counter, social distancing markers throughout, Perspex screens by the till, regular cleaning/sanitising and we even have a safe face covering alternative to use in the shop - Hand held Geisha fans laser etched from clear Perspex, one for you, and one for me, which means we can still see our faces, while I tell you safely about our unique and beautiful products, and the story behind them. Look out for the next blog explaining more about this.
I can’t wait to see you!
Monday 23rd March 2020
Dear lovely Customers,
It is with a heavy heart that I announce due to the Coronavirus crisis, my Arundel shop is
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The safety of all of us is paramount, so closing is the right thing to do. However, I can still serve you! You can still buy online here: www.abi-k.com. I will be adding new products every day, so please keep checking the website.
I can deliver locally directly to you and leave on your doorstep (unless otherwise directed by the government) or post to you wherever you are in the country, or world!
The products will be wrapped and packed under strict clean conditions.
During such difficult times, the creative industry and businesses such as mine, play a valuable role in helping us to stay happy and keep our minds positive. Instead of visiting venues, we can access the creative arts virtually, rather than having physical contact. So I will be active online through my website and social media channels. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter all at the same address: @abikdesign
My new collection is arriving this week, so look out for my posts. Join my mailing list too (button on website homepage) and you’ll hear from me straight to your inbox about news, offers and enlightening reads to lift your spirits.
I don’t want my business to go anymore than you do, so please support it, and continue to buy my designs... send gifts to your loved ones to bring a little bit of happiness.
Stay safe and healthy at home.
I look forward to seeing you online!
Every. One. Unique
Kim Wilde endorses Abi-K at London ball
Kim Wilde looked fabulous adorning Abi-K’s matching luxe clutch and cuff bracelet in emerald & gold bamboo silk at a ball in London this weekend.
Abi-K attended the Society of Distinguished Songwriters ball in Knightsbridge, following receiving an order to produce 120 unique clutch purses for the ladies attending the event.
The event celebrates the creativity and talent of some of the most prestigious British songwriters, so Abi was thrilled that Lorna and Gary Osborne, hosting the event, had decided to choose an independent British designer to produce the ladies’ gifts.
Amongst a glittering guest list, Abi had the pleasure of meeting Kim Wilde who kindly offered to pose endorsing Abi-K’s Luxe clutch bag and matching cuff bracelet.
Thank you to Kim for supporting an independent British designer, and a special thank you goes to Lorna and Gary Osborne for choosing Abi-K designs. And for inviting Abi to a beautiful memorable event.
The beautiful symbolism of our hexagon buttons
Hexagons feature throughout many Abi-K designs, so we thought we’d share with you their importance and symbolism. The repeating hexagon pattern is common in the vintage Japanese obi silks used in our products. The scale varies, displaying bold geometric designs, or smaller repeating details. This repeating pattern is called ‘Kikko’, which means tortoiseshell. In Japanese culture this represents ‘happiness and longevity’, and often used in wedding kimonos.
We use the hexagon throughout our products, to give everyone a little bit of happiness and longevity, and it’s simple geometric shape fits well with the clean lines and construction of our products. Abi-K hexagon buttons punctuate our asymmetric clutch bags, shoulder bags, clutch purses and small purses. They are laser etched from either leather or pearlised acrylic. Each batch is made bespoke specifically for us by a local specialist in marquetry. Joe at Heritage Inlay Design Ltd http://www.heritageinlay.com/ has been laser etching our buttons since 2011. He’s Brighton based, and on the same road where Abi hand selects each of her leather skins for each collection. Abi can determine exactly what size each button is, and the laser engraves her logo and ‘limited edition’ or ‘made in England’ on each button.
The same process is used for our leather labels stitched into every handbag.
Take a look at our short videos on Instagram of the laser machine in action at Joe’s workshop: