Nantotacular at Nanopod!

 

We’re starting at noon and going late so come to Nanopod for snacks, music, mulled wine and crafts by a variety of jewelers and crafters, including Covet Originals!


Very Exciting News!

For the past few months I have been working with photographer Danielle Taylor to create a little Covet Originals lookbook. This will be a tangible catalogue for both clients and retail buyers to peruse for ideas. Custom work is the heart and sole of Covet Originals and this lovely full colour booklet will give my customers a real feel for what I have done in the past and what I can do for them in the future. Here is just a taste of what is coming up.

Photography: Danielle Taylor

Hair and Makeup: Ivy Lam

Models: Kendall and Mariko


Tomorrow Never Knows…

New boutique alert! I am happy to announce that Tomorrow Never Knows is now carrying select vintage pieces at very affordable prices. This little gem of a boutique is located on the second floor of the 69 Vintage complex at 1207 Bloor St. West. For hours, directions and more please visit www. tnkvintage.com.Here we see just one of the equisite photos posted on owner Eva Bowering’s site for Tomorrow Never Knows. Go pick up that little cropped sweater and while you’re at it, grab that Covet butterfly brooch. There are some seriously fantastic finds here and I urge you all to get yourselves over there right away.


Last Minute Luxe

Covet will be at Last Minute Luxe, a shopping event organized by Shop Socials on Wednesday December 15th. It is being held at the Spoke Club which is a private club for those in the media. If you have ever wondered what it is like in there, now is your chance to find out and do a little holiday shopping while you’re at it. Hope to see you there!


As Promised…

Here is the (rather late) link to my interview with Mateo Magazine:

“Vintage inspired jewellery designer and creator of Covet Originals, Andrea Brent, knows that the key to making any outfit is not only just a great pair of heels or a great bag, but an eye grabbing; and history carrying, piece of jewellery. Andrea’s latest collection of brass, pearls and cameos will certainly have any vintage seeking fashionista, coveting their latest vintage find.

Read the full article here


Retro Style Lab


Sweet Little Bows

These inch-long pretty little bows are hand knotted with hard setting wire. It’s a special type of jewelry wire that gets harder and harder the more you manipulate it so eventually it become solid as a rock. It is made of an alloy but it is nickle free and tarnish resistant. The 15-inch chains are sterling silver and gold fill.
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Top Brass

This necklace features a whole lot of up-cycled and vintage elements, including rhinestone cup chain, a chandelier crystal, a large brass leaf and an old earring. I love taking apart random stuff and making it into something new. It is fairly long, loose and perfect for a variety of occasions, with a dress or with jeans.brass_leaf


Key Plate Necklaces

I do apologize for not posting these sooner. Life got in the way of prompt blog updating. Here are a few shots of the gorgeous antique key plates that I found while traveling in France. They are solid brass and are just plain pretty. They were functional at one point so they are heavier than the reproductions that you can find here or there, but they are small so no neck pain, I promise. Personally, I would rather have the real thing.  I have combined them with pearls in girly shades of pink and cream which I think gives them a Rococo feel.

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As you can see, the key shape has been filed out in this one which makes it look more like a wreath of roses. This one is quite long and features 3 layered vintage and new raw brass chains with pearl and crystal.

keyplate_shortThis piece is a bit shorter than the other key plate necklaces that I have made, as it sits around the breast bone. The pearls are hand knotted on silk and the little crystal chain is hand linked. keyplate_ribbonThis key plate has a hand-cut, hand-dyed silk ribbon in different shades of pink on raw brass chain. Underneath the plate is a little vintage tassel.


Elle Canada Fashion Showcase

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I was very pleased to be a part of this show. It was a great experience and I made some fabulous contacts and a lot of new customers. One of the best parts of the show were the loot bags filled with full sized products and gift certificates!elle_table

Here are a couple of shots of my fully stocked table. Luckily, it looked a lot emptier by the time 9pm rolled around. elle_table2Check out what Vitamin Daily had to say about Covet! http://www.vitamindaily.com/toronto/editors-blog


F.A.T Marketplace

Covet will be at the Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week Industry Viewing (11am-1pm) and Market Place (1-5pm) on Sunday, April 25. The event is free and will be held at 1 Pardee Ave., Studio City in Liberty Village.  Since it is Sunday, after all, brunch will be available as well. You can’t beat that!

The lovely and talented William Pointon has generously offered to share his booth with me and I could not be more excited! Don’t forget to check out his runway show with jewelry provided by Covet Originals (7:15pm on April 21).

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Covet at the Elle Event, April 24, 2010

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As some of you know, I have just come home from traveling in Europe and I made some fantastic vintage finds in French flea markets, or Marche en Puce as it were…As well as some great old keys from a farming village in Britain. You know how I love my keys!

I will be using said finds to create some fantastic pieces for the Elle Canada Fashion Showcase at the Carlu on April 24. It’s getting close! I better get to work.

I will be selling a combination of new and reworked vintage and nothing but the most imaginative pieces that my jet-lagged mind can come up with. I would like to thank Elle Magazine Canada for including me in this exclusive day of fashion and beauty.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.elleevent.com

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On the Runway with William Pointon

Media-Pic Covet will be providing the Jewels for the fantastic William Pointon as his collection rocks the runway at Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week (F.A.T) on April 21. I am truly honored to be collaborating with this talented designer.

For a sneak peek of William’s designs visit wpcreations.ca

For tickets to F.A.T visit www.alternativefashionweek.com

I will also be there with to see my old fashion school friend and winner of television’s Project Catwalk, and all around superstar Jasper Garvida as he shows his collection later that night.

Can’t wait!


The Amazing Five-in-One Necklace

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This fabulous piece can be worn 4 different ways as a necklace and 1 way as a bracelet. Here we see it nice and long, perfect for any outfit imaginable. There is a cool mix of black and pewter chain, painted crystal and faux pearls.

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The trick is undoing the toggles in the middle of the long version to create two separate necklaces, shown here worn together to create a chunky fashion-forward look.

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While wearing them together makes for a fantastically bold look, you may also wear them separately as two different pieces for a slightly simpler look, or to layer with other pieces. It is easy to see that you will get a lot of wear out of this piece.

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As if 4 ways to wear this thing wasn’t enough, the longer, simpler chain is also the perfect length to wrap around your wrist to wear as a bracelet.

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Lastly, for those who love gold or for those who have a special event that requires just a bit more glitz and glamour, this gorgeous accessory is also available in an antique gold and brass combo.

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Boxing Week Sales

Hello Covet fans,

I hope that you all have been having a wonderful holiday.

Just wanted to give you the heads up that Freedom Clothing Collective is having a 30% off sale on much of their merchandise, including Covet Originals.

Freedom Clothing Collective

939 Bloor Street West

(416) 530-9946

This just in! Nathalie -Roze and Co. is also having a store wide boxing week sale. Go check out their huge selection of local indie goodies

NATHALIE-ROZE & CO

1015 Queen St. East (at Pape)

(416) 792 1699

Happy Shopping!


Chandelier Crystals and Vintage Chain

jewellery-015A long while back, I was given these elongated chandelier crystals from a friend. It took me a while to figure out what to do with them, but eventually, years later, the creative juices got flowing and THIS is what I came up with. There’s a lot going on but in an interesting way–vintage chains, super soft microfiber ribbon, rhinestone chain, vintage costume pearls, crystals…lots fun of stuff.

It’s easier to wear than you would think. It looks amazing with a blazer and the ribbon makes the length adjustable for to increase your options.


Bridal Bracelets

shellywan1Here are a few different options for bridal bracelets–for yourself or someone in your wedding party. These are designs that I have made for other brides in the past, working with them to create original designs. In the case of the yellow bracelet, the ribbon used to close the piece, perfectly matches the bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers. I can work within the costs that you set for me, making the bracelets fancier or simpler as your budget allows.

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Pink Pearl Bracelet

pink_pearl_braceletThis bracelet would make a nice bridesmaids bracelet, and like all of my bridal jewelry, the colours are up to you. This one has lots of little fun things like pearls, rhinestones and silver foil beads. Bridal jewelry like this is great because your wedding party will still be able to wear it for other occasions after the big event.


Pink Pearl Drop

pink_pearl_dropI made necklace in the same style as the earrings that I recently posted. Again, it’s in bridal, but it is one of those pieces with a lot of possibilities.  Like the earrings, this necklace is made with pearls and natural crystal on sterling silver chain.