QUEEN of recessionista couture, Manchester-based jewellery designer Kat Dibbits takes broken jewellery, mysterious keys and unwearable bits and bobs and turns them into gorgeous new one-of-a-kind creations.
And her sparkling creations have a Great Gatsby-meets-English rose quality that makes them the perfect frosting for this summer’s eclectic trends.
Gucci pastels will be perfectly complemented by her pale pink statement bracelets, while gunmetal metallics would work well with the bolder colours seen at Moschino and sparkling floral pieces would look great with Dolce and Gabanna’s dramatic Riviera styles.
And of course, for anyone whose retro style references the classic shapes at Raf Simons’ collection for Dior, Kat’s jewellery is the ideal way to incorporate vintage finds with a contemporary twist.
In a nod to Gatsby, even discarded chandelier drops are turned into stunning pendants.
Kat set up her shop, Made With Love by Kat, online nearly five years ago (http://www.folksy.com/
and was soon surprised by how popular the pieces are.
She says: "I take old brooches, earrings and bracelets and rework them into new one-off pieces. It's gone from strength to strength - I think when people are feeling the pinch they start to look for something really special to spend their money on, rather than just splurging on the High Street. Knowing that you are never going to see anyone else wearing the same piece makes the cost worthwhile - and my jewellery costs a fraction of the price of the couture names."
To celebrate the summer, Kat will be launching a month’s worth of competitions and offers through her website, www.madewithlovebykat.co.uk, Facebook page (www.facebook.com/madewithlovebykat) and Twitter stream (www.twitter.com/katdibbits).
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