Love Local

One thing I have really enjoyed since beginning to write here at silverbrogues is the opportunity to find and support local companies.  I wanted to give you a little sample of some of the designers, entrepreneurs, creative talents of Belfast and Northern Ireland – go check them out!

First up, Gráinne Maher: Fashion Vault, designer of one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, a pink perspex Butterfly necklace (see photo below).  Gráinne opened the doors to the Fashion Vault in Spires Mall, a little spot that has always held treasures unique to Northern Ireland, and more recently held the much loved Fashion Souk, a place where I have found many bargains over the years!

As you step through the glass doors, the minimalist, industrial interior sets the perfect backdrop to focus on fashion and accessories.  Gráinne will be stocking a range of independent local designers, both up and coming and well established, and designers from further afield, as well as her own designs of course!

Bella Malone

The lovely Aoife Malone modelling

Gráinne Maher

Gráinne Maher, Designer Gordon Donaldson with Model Aoife Malone, Deux Cara Designers John Gerard O’Neill and Neil Coogan

There is never a time when we don’t want to get treats in the post, is there?  So when The Foxy Boxy offered to send over one of their boxes, I couldn’t say no!  Described as ‘a monthly box for lovers of fashion, fun and frills!’, The Foxy Boxy was set up by two local girls, Jill and Laura.  With a different theme each month (June box was entitled ‘Ooh La Laa’), the letterbox friendly box contained a mix of little handbag treats, and at 9am on the first day of each month the next theme will be announced!  The website is easy to use, there is no subscription making it easy to sign up as and when you wish to get it delivered to your door, or send as a little treat to a friend!  I love how the girls add a little personal touch with a video about the contents!

Dressing table

A lace collar adapted to make my dressing table look pretty! Also check out my Butterfly necklace by Gráinne Maher.

A lover of a bargain, and again, the appeal of finding a unique piece of fashion, Colour Pursuit has been set up by local girl Amanda Rankin as a ‘celebration of second chances’.  Check out her online store and see if you can find a piece you can give another chance!

colour pursuit

Amanda from Colour Pursuit and Kelly Black from The Sewing Cottage in Moira

Lines and Current

And a post to follow on Lines and Current – until then, check out all that local designer Rebekah has to offer!

And now to some food.  Enjoying some healthy treats at Raw Food Rebellion on the Lisburn Road wearing my favourite summer dress by local designer Zoe Boomer (thanks to my photographer Ruth from Willow Lane).

The tasting plates presented on the opening night of Raw Food Rebellion were swiftly devoured – not only because each flavour that entered your mouth was delicious, but the vegan, dairy free and gluten free food is sold as ‘clean eating’.  I would happily eat the hummus for the rest of my life;)

And last up, I recently became a Brand Rep for local company Itty Bitty Book Co – a company that, through cards, wall banners, framed pictures and the most adorable little books, basically just want to promote positivity!  Great for your handbag, your desk drawer or your mantlepiece and a perfect gift for a friend!

Itty Bitty Book Co

Buy here!

Any locals you love?  Send over the links and we can check them out!

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2 Comments on Love Local

  1. Amanda
    August 10, 2015 at 2:37 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for the mention, Silver Brogues! Much love, Amanda xo

    • silverbrogues
      August 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM (3 years ago)

      No problem at all Amanda, it’s such a great concept!