Sending Support to India and our Artisan Partners 

We’re doing all we can to offer support to India, who are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

Monsoon UK and Accessorize UK will be donating 10% of all online sales on Saturday 8th May to British Asian Trust’s emergency appeal, Oxygen for India, who are raising money to purchase emergency oxygen to support immense national demand.

Over the past four decades our brands have built a unique bond with communities in India, it is where our brands were born. Today, it continues to be where many of our products are crafted by our artisanal partners.  

The emergency appeal is raising funds for oxygen concentrators – an alternate devices to oxygen cylinders that continually recycles oxygen from the air and delivers it to the patient.

Together, with local partners in India, British Asian Trust are rapidly deploying oxygen concentrators them to hospitals and patients that need them most. 

A donation of £50 will provide oxygen for 40 patients struggling to breathe, £450 will provide low-flow oxygen concentrator to help 900 patients and an £830 donation will provide high-flow oxygen concentrator to help 550 of the most seriously ill patients.

For more information on the British Asian Trust or to make a personal donation and show your support to India, click here.   

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Our Role Models: Naomi Walkland

Naomi Walkland is a Marketing Director at Bumble, the popular women-first dating and networking app. She currently leads the strategy across Europe, Middle East and Africa, managing teams and strategies to grow Bumble’s community and empower more women to make the first move.

What does IWD mean to you?

At Bumble, we truly believe that every day is International Women’s Day and that we need to work to empower women not only once a year but in everything they do. Bumble encourages  women to take control of their dating lives by helping them to make the first move, set the tone for conversations and ultimately create more meaningful connections.

Features such as our photo verification for profiles, a ban on unsolicited lewd images and most recently a ban on body shaming ensures that we create a safe, empowering environment for women to date. This comes from a place of wanting to challenge the status quo and the traditions that tell us what relationships are supposed to look like and how women are meant to behave. I really resonate with that idea and women choosing what success looks like for them in life, in work and in love.

Tell us what it’s like being a woman within the tech industry? And what challenges have you faced? 

I studied Social Anthropology and don’t have a ‘typical’ marketing or tech background. I didn’t actually set out working in tech, but found very quickly that the clients that I liked the most were tech profiles so I started seeking them out. I love the pace of working in tech brands, it’s innovative and you have to identify and adapt quickly to behaviours that you’re seeing amongst your community.

This pace is definitely not for everyone but there is also amazing opportunity in how quickly brands like Bumble can adapt. Even think about the last year, and how drastically lockdown restrictions changed the way that people are dating and how people were connecting with each other. We’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand and help our community navigate this new world of dating. This includes learning how to use our in-app video, voice and audio note features to add to your virtual dating or introducing new features to help people easily communicate how they are comfortable meeting: virtual only, socially-distanced, or socially-distanced with masks. It’s exactly these kinds of quick responses that make roles in tech exciting and really rewarding.

Why is it important to celebrate other women’s achievements? 

I think it’s important to celebrate and mark everything – not just the successes and achievements but also the challenges and the failures. My mother taught me the importance of celebrating other women from a very young age, and it’s something I feel very passionately about, but it’s equally valuable to recognise the small wins.

We’re continuously conducting research into behaviours and feelings to gain a deeper understanding of our community, so we can find meaningful and effective ways to help them. After discovering that more than 3 in 4 Black people in the UK do not see themselves represented in mainstream stories and images of dating, we created a campaign called #MyLoveIsBlackLove to better represent the breadth of black love across the UK. We shared different stories of what Black love means to British actors, musicians, artists, comedians, journalists and people who use Bumble, because we have a role to play in how our community, particularly millennials, think about love and relationships.

The campaign isn’t going to change the world, but growing up in London, I saw so little of myself reflected in images of love and relationships that I consumed. So these are small wins, and if this inspires just one young Black girl to feel empowered to make the first move then it is a step in the right direction.

What advice would you give to your younger self, having the knowledge you have now?

One of my favourite quotes is from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”. It’s important to know that no one can knock you down without you permitting them to do so.

I’d also tell myself to read EVERYTHING. News, fiction and non-fiction books, think pieces, leaflets, whatever, absorb it all and provide yourself with the knowledge to create your own opinions and values.

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Read more of our Role Model Series 

Jenny Halpern Prince, CEO & Founder PR Agency, Halpern

Zara Simon, Jewellery Designer 

Chelsie Collins & Kristelle Levy, Founders of Blondie’s Kitchen

Susie Ma, Founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare

 

Our Role Models: Susie Ma

Susie Ma is the Founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare, a multi award-winning, scientifically-backed, plant-based and cruelty-free beauty brand. Celebrated as one of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs, she was named EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and is recognised as a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree.

Named as the UK’s fastest-growing beauty brand for five years running by The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, Tropic Skincare’s success is an evident accolade for Susie’s own drive and determination.

What does IWD mean to you?

IWD (or Women’s History Month) to me is all about empowerment. The fight for equality is far from over and we have a long way to go to make the world a fair place for females, especially in communities and countries far less privileged than our own.

This month serves as a reminder that we must be bold and we must stand up for what we believe in, even in the face of adversity. It’s a lot easier to accept things the way they are than it is to question the status quo and make a stand, but there can be no change without challenge. This occasion reminds us that we have the power to instigate that change, as women have for years before us and hopefully will continue to do long after we’ve achieved a more equal society – there will always be somebody’s corner to fight.

Tell us what it’s like being a woman within the beauty industry? And what challenges have you faced?

The beauty industry itself is actually better than most when it comes to gender equality and it celebrates women on the whole, but what I found most frustrating when starting out was particularly relevant to my position as a businesswoman and entrepreneur, as suppliers and associates often didn’t take me seriously. I actually had a supplier mess me around and attempt to price me out – right at the start of our Tropic journey–  because he said that he didn’t see the business going anywhere.

Why is it important to celebrate other women’s achievements?

The only way to move forward as women is to move forward together, and there are still so many communities which exist today that still don’t allow women the same rights and opportunities as men. Taking time to celebrate women simply uplifts the entire gender and empowers everybody, no matter their background – it allows the whole world to turn around and take a look at what women can do when they are given the space to reach their full potential. Every time we celebrate another woman’s accomplishments, we reinforce the message that women and girls can do anything they put their mind to if they are given the same resources and chance in life as their brothers and fathers.

What advice would you give to your younger self, having the knowledge you have now?

Believe in yourself and don’t let anybody else determine your self-worth. Invest time and energy into things that interest you and you’ll find it a lot harder to fail at what you do.

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Read more of our Role Model Series 

Jenny Halpern Prince, CEO & Founder PR Agency, Halpern

Zara Simon, Jewellery Designer 

Chelsie Collins & Kristelle Levy, Founders of Blondie’s Kitchen

 

 

Summer Accessory Trends to Wear Everywhere

The summer accessory trends last year were all about above the keyboard dressing – a term I’d be pretty happy never to hear again. This summer, we’re seeing a nod to nostalgia, a passion for feel-good finds and an obsession with bold colour (don’t worry, animal print is still around too)

Summer accessory trends

homage to holidays

We’re dreaming of far away beaches and nautical getaways – and we don’t think we’re alone. Whether we can or can’t get away this summer, your accessories can offer a nod to your fave summer vacations, think anchor motifs, shell earrings and beach market charm bracelets.

in a ruffle

We’re going to be real frill-seekers this season (sorry, not sorry). Think dresses and swimsuits adorned with ruffles that are chic not childish. 

bright pink

We’re all about joyful dressing and what better than head to toe dressing in pink – think Villanelle’s pink tulle masterpiece and every SS21 runway. Pair your pinks with fresh white or a bold tan accent to break it up and add a modern touch.

feel good colours

After a year of living in neutral sweats and activewear (we know we aren’t the only ones!) we’re grabbing anything colourful to brighten up our wardrobes. If you’re a little afraid of colour, dip your toe in with colour pop jewellery or bright shoes or a bag. On the other hand, if you’re all about more embrace colour blocking to avoid looking like a rubiks cube.

Colour us happy

wild wild love

Good news is that animal print is certainly not going into hibernation. It’s all about tiger print this season – and leopard, it’s the coolest of cool cats. Make it a chic look paired with a black swimsuit (no beach needed) and cat-eye sunglasses…

We’re Feline fine

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Explore our gorgeous gold vermeil collection

Our Role Models: Chelsie Collins & Kristelle Levy

Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy are the founders of Blondies Kitchen, the UK’s first and only milk and cookies bar. These professionally trained chefs and best friends were inspired by American-style cookies on a trip to New York. The duo joined forces back in 2016, on a mission to bring the taste of America back to London, and have since built up an army of UK and international superfans.

Kristelle has always worked in restaurants and was head chef at a restaurant in Primrose Hill for over two years. Chelsie was a cookery writer for BBC Good Food, starting as a cookery assistant, testing all the recipes for the magazine and producing hundreds of recipes for the site.

What does IWD mean to you?

To us, IWD means celebrating all the phenomenal women out there. Whether you own your own business, you’re a female entrepreneur, employee, or simply just a GO-GETTER – every woman deserves to be celebrated on international Women’s Day and every other day in between.

Tell us what it’s like being a woman within the food industry? What challenges have you faced?

It’s perceived by many that women in business are less confident to go into powerful roles and would rather look for something less senior. Even in certain fields, like ours, it is certainly male dominated. However, with confidence and as you grow as a person within your industry, those barriers go. It all starts with your mind and the sooner you realise you are worth it and you are valid, the better. You have to prove it to yourself before you prove it to someone else.

We’ve faced many challenges along this journey. With dreams of expanding our business, we initially applied for a stall in Topshop, but they rejected us. We were incredibly upset and I remember saying: “Obviously, it’s not a good idea. If Topshop doesn’t like it, then nobody will”. One thing we’ve learnt through this process is to always keep learning everyday and be sure to take on all feedback and constructive criticism.

However, we didn’t let that discourage us and on our first day at our Old Street pop-up, we sold 500 cookies by lunchtime and couldn’t keep up with demand. We would work 7am to 7pm and although it was incredibly exhausting, it was the most fulfilling experience of our lives. Fast forward to September 2017 and we launched our flagship concession in Selfridges. What seemed like a challenge wasn’t a rejection but in fact a redirection for something greater.

Not everyone will believe in your vision at first but as we always say to each other, you can’t buy the experience we’ve had, and it’s true. The learnings have been endless, and we learn something new every day. Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes, but we always find a solution.

 

Why is it important to celebrate other women’s achievements?

As a female founded business it is extremely important that we celebrate and also champion other women’s achievements – for us there is no stronger unity than when women stand together to support each other. For IWD 2021, we teamed up The Princes Trust to support the Change A Girls Life Campaign, with 25% of sales from our cookie roles going towards supporting young women in the UK. The Princes Trust recently reported that more than 78% of those who lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic were women and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 34.  With those statistics in mind, it has never felt more necessary to celebrate other women’s achievements because there is power in unity and support.

Earlier this month we sat down with two friends who also run a successful business to celebrate international women’s day and spoke through some of the challenges we have all faced as female business owners. It was gratifying to sit down and reflect together on where we had all come from. It’s always good to celebrate one another because supporting another woman’s success and acknowledging her achievements will never dampen your own.


What advice would you give to your younger self, having the knowledge you have now?

If we could give advice to our younger selves, we would tell them that it’s okay to take baby steps before running. You need to build strength to walk, then crawl and then run. Every start-up has its struggles and hard work will always pay off as long as you remain committed to the vision.

The other thing we would tell our younger selves is to trust the process. Obstacles come in many shapes and sizes however, there is always something that can be learnt. Asking for help is key, we have continued to take on board all the feedback that we are given – learning never stops! And finally, to believe in what you are doing and one day you might be doing it full time!

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Read more of our Role Model Series 

Jenny Halpern Prince, CEO & Founder PR Agency, Halpern

Zara Simon, Jewellery Designer 

Our Role Models: Zara Simon

Zara Simon studied Jewellery Design at Central St Martins and since 2008, when she started Zara Simon Jewellery, she’s collaborated with Felder Felder and Turquoise mountain, designed a collection for the 2012 Rolling Stones tour and has had countless celebrity commissions for it-girls like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Cara Delevigne, Poppy Delevigne, and Natasha McElhorne. She’s also the designer of our stunning collection, Z for Accessorize

 

What does IWD mean to you?
IWD is important to me as it highlights all the female jewellers in the industry more so on this day as we can celebrate their achievements as a whole. It also encourages us to appreciate how many more women there are in the industry these days.

How will you chose to challenge?
I will always be aware of everyone around me and close to me, in particular my children, who I will teach not to stereotype.

Tell us what it’s like being a woman within the PR industry? And what challenges you have faced?  
It is exciting to be a women in the jewellery industry as I get to wear my creations along with the women I design for.

Why is it important to celebrate other women’s achievements?  
I have been inspired by some amazing female jewellers since I started, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Elsa Perretti and Pippa Small, and more recently Jessica McCormack.

I faced challenges in my early career when I worked in Jaipur as it was a very male orientated industry, there were times I felt I was being disrespected as a women working on my own.

What advice would you give to your younger self, having the knowledge you have now?
I’d encourage myself to do a business course when I was starting out, as I found out the creative can be smaller part of having your own brand.

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Check out our Role Models’ series 

Our Role Models: Jenny Halpern Prince

 

Jenny Halpern Prince is the CEO and founder of Halpern, a global PR and influencer agency, part of the WPP network and The&Partnership. Jenny founded Access Aspiration in 2012, an educational charity promoting social mobility via aspirational work placements and introductions. Access Aspiration is now part of the Mayor’s Fund for London, they work with 32 schools, securing over 5,000 placements with state and academy students. In 2014, The Lady Garden Foundation, a national women’s health charity, was co-founded by Jenny, who is Chair of the charity. The aim is to increase awareness and raise funds to fight the five gynaecological cancers, to date they have raised over £1.6m.

 

 

What does IWD mean to you?
IWD is a reminder of how we should be all year long. It is a moment to celebrate the progress we all are making as women worldwide and oh my, are we making huge strides in many areas. BUT the areas where we are struggling, we need to champion those to support us further and that includes, very importantly, men.


Tell us what it like being a woman within the PR industry? And what challenges you have faced?  
Being a woman in the PR industry is easy as our industry is dominated by women. I have cherished the allegiance of so many women over my career in PR. My partners at Halpern are women and make my business a joy to still be involved and increase our relevancy and differentiate ourselves from others.

We strive to have a well-balanced agency of individuals from all ethnicities and backgrounds so we must encourage the industry to proactively bring in more talent from those arenas.

I have faced many challenges but more in my personal life with gynae issues especially with trying to become a mother for a long journey of 11 years. In all areas of my life, I have a mantra JFDI, just ****ing do it. So many people talk but don’t action.

 

Why is it important to celebrate other women’s achievements?  
We must celebrate women’s achievements to encourage more women to speak up, start their own businesses, overcome anxiety, to be their best self they can be.

What advice would you give to your younger self, having the knowledge you have now?
I would give my younger self this advice; never give up. Be a gladiator and fight. Then encourage more to fight too and achieve their dreams.

 

5 of the Cosiest Winter Accessories

If there was one word to describe our cold-weather dressing mood it would be cosy and that’s why we are all about these winter accessories. 

 Whether you’re meeting friends for an outdoor hang or popping to the shops for some essentials, these accessories will make you feel like you’ve made an effort to leave the house.

 

Bucket Hats & Berets

Lockdown 1.0 was defined by Tiger King, lockdown 2.0 saw Emily in Paris take over Instagram, group chats and fashion searches. The good news is we have plenty of bucket hats and berets to make sure your look is très chic (and anything but basic!) 

Hats off to Paris

 

Blanket Scarves

We get it, making plans with friends at the park or beer garden mid-winter is … unheard of. But new rules & regulations means getting creative and it also means making sure you’re warm – enter, the blanket scarf. Cute for the commute and then cosy for the destination. 

Find your wrap star

 

Slippers

Never did I ever think I’d have a meeting with my CEO in my slippers, but, in a recent Zoom meeting, each and every one of us admitted to having our slippers on. Better do it in style then, right?

Slip into something comfy

 

Leopard, anything

Not an accessory as such, but this wild child is not going anywhere. From bags and scarves to need-to-have face coverings leopard is without a doubt our best seller.

Take a walk on the wild side

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Snuggle up with our cosy edit

What is gold vermeil (and why are we obsessed?)

At Accessorize we’re all about offering you on-trend pieces that can be stacked and styled to show off your unique style. The latest ‘we want one of each’ arrival is our collection of gold vermeil. 

What is Gold Vermeil?

Gold vermeil (ver-may) is a century-old technique that gives you the look of solid gold, without the price tag! Think, a level up from gold plating. 

A thick layer (minimum of 3 microns) of 14k gold is applied over sterling silver to create forever favourites. 

It’s becoming more and more popular as IT-girls and fashion houses alike look for on-trend, and affordable, gold jewellery. 

So, why are we (and everyone else) so obsessed?

Not only do these pieces last the seasons, but they are the kind of things you can wear every day for an effortlessly cool look. Think, Zoom meeting in 2 minutes and you’ve snoozed your alarm 3 times … simply pop your hair in a top knot, drape on a chain and stack up some earrings – done! (No one will know you literally crawled from bed to your desk). 

The ease is just one of the reasons we love gold vermeil, of course. We are also all about that extra luxe feeling, cause we all deserve that! This range features semi-precious white topaz stones – shine bright like a diamond without the price tag!

So, enough talking. Because these pieces can convince you themselves!

Wear it everywhere, every day. Whether you’re after simple studs, hoops or chain – there’s that. We’ve also got the coveted initial necklaces (perfect gifts, right?!)

 

If you’re looking shine bright like the night sky, our celestial-inspired pieces are the perfect fit. 

Shop the collection

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Learn more about our luxe Z by Accessorize collection
Discover our Z Healing Stone range
Master the layered necklace look (perfect for the Z chains!)

Z by Accessorize: Our luxe jewellery collection

We’re completely obsessed with our new Z by Accessorize collection (and we think you will be too!)

You know all those chunky chains and curated ear looks you see on Instagram? We’ve got those pieces so now you can express your personal style through on-trend, quality pieces.

Featuring gold-plated pieces with semi-precious, this is a collection you’ll want to get – quick!

All of the beautiful pieces are brought to life by luxury jewellery designer Zara Simon.

 

First things first, the one piece everyone should have in their collection – a stunning, ‘where did you get that’ chain. And oh do we have the chains, all of the chains. 

Get your hands on a hero pieces – and once you start, you’ll be ready to layer up. Master the layered necklace look (perfect for the Z chains!)

 

Someone’s calling, it’s your friends asking where you got all those super cute rings from … I know, I know, cheesy (but true!). 

A personal favourite for me, a chunky ring on a middle finger and then stacking thinner rings on your other fingers (don’t forget a little sparkle!)

 

Our Z by Accessorize earrings offer the perfect pairs for upping your ear game. Achieve the Instagram-adored look by following 2 very simple rules.

ONE: more is more. Don’t be afraid to stack ’em up!
TWO: Mix chunky hoops and delicate studs.

Why not pop into one of our piercing parlours to really take it a step further. 

 

Shop Gold Vermeil

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Shop Z Jewellery

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Learn more about the Z vermeil range
Discover our Z Healing Stone range

 

Accessorize COVID-19 Announcements

Accessorize COVID-19 announcements

Hey Accessorizers,

The safety of our store stylists and you are so important to us, which is why our staff will continue to wear face coverings as we encourage you to do the same. 

We’re keeping other safety measures in place, such as enhanced cleaning methods and sanitiser in store for everyone. 

We’re always open at accessorize.com and we have everything you need for stylish summer. 

Be kind to yourself and others, 

Team Accessorize x 

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Above the Keyboard sparkle for your next zoom meeting

Activewear for a workout (or high-intensity Netflix binge)

Essentials for your new every day (including the coolest face masks you’ve seen!)

A cycle bag for your two-wheeled commute

Good vibes from our healing stone range 

 

 

Change & Check This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Somehow it’s already October and that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes, darker nights and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

While we encourage getting up close and personal with breast checks all year round, this month we are taking part in the Change & Check campaign. This life-saving campaign is all about learning what changes to check for (hence the name!)

It was set up by Helen Addis (also know as @thetittygritty), who is the Features Editor for Lorraine ITV, after her own experience being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CF1FnDaHemJ/

Change & Check

Helen discovered people didn’t really know what to look for when they were checking their breasts, so she created a handy guide which you can download here  – don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.

Dr Hilary has also shared his step-by-step guide to checking your breasts – you can watch via the ITV website.

Signs and symptoms to look for:

Visible changes in shape or size.
Skin changes such as; dimpling, puckering or rash around the nipple.
Lumps or bumps.
Bloody discharge from the nipple.

How to check:

Sit comfortably in front of a mirror with hands on your hips so chest muscles are relaxed.

Firstly, look at the contour of the breast to check that it matches on each side and see if there is any puckering or dimpling.

Look for any change in the nipple such as a rash, indrawing or pulling in.

Look for any skin change all around the nipple.

Using the fingers of your left hand to examine the right breast, walk your middle three fingers around the breast. You’re feeling for any abnormal lumps or bumps or any irregularity that hasn’t been there before.

Divide the breast into four quarters.

Start on the inner upper quarter, walking those fingers around the breast.

Do the same on the lower inner quarter and then across to the lower right quarter and then the upper right quarter.

Walk fingers up to the tail of the breast in the armpit.

Walk your fingers back to the areola around the nipple.

Repeat steps above on the left breast, using your right hand to do so.

Dr Hilary advises that menstruating women check their breasts following their period each month. For menopausal and post-menopausal women, pick a date each month that suits you.

If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. Early diagnosis could mean a better chance of successful treatment.