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The International Women’s Day Collection

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Women for Women International

Photo credit: Simon Wheeler

International Women’s Day is almost here! This year, we’re celebrating with a very special collaboration with Women for Women International, an organization that helps women in war-torn countries develop the skills they need to provide for themselves and their families. Five of our independent designers created exclusive pieces to raise money for this wonderful cause – all profits will go straight to Women for Women. Each designer has created an item that reflects the strength and character of women in the world today. Here, we present each piece in this special collection. Shop this collection and help support sisters around the world! Click here to learn more about our collaboration with Women for Women International.

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Painted By Hand

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Hand-painted scarf by Bonana Van Mil

The Boticca team has the delightful task of sorting through countless images from our designers to see what inspires them and how they create their beautiful works. We found images of some hand-painted scarves particularly compelling and decided to put together a feature about dyeing and painting by hand, processes that have become ever rarer in modern production. Click through to learn about these interesting techniques and see how it all comes together.

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Fresh Arrivals

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New Designers feature

Every Thursday, we have a chat about to discuss the newest designers on the site. I always get a thrill when our Style Hunters discuss the new designers and products and explain how they found these brilliant talents. This week, our feature profiles four of the fantastic designers who’ve joined the site in the last few months. ALVA-NORGE’s scarves are stunning representations of her childhood home in Norway. V. Sabrina is a jewelry brand that honors the Age of Discover in a fascinating way. INA KENT designs bags that transform in a snap – essential for any city-dweller! Last but certainly not least, we introduce Cabbage Is King, the brainchild of jewelry designer and artisan Greig Alderman. He has more than a few things in common with Lewis Carroll. Click here to read the whole feature.

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Under the Collar

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Collar feature

I have to admit it: I’m not a collar convert. At least, I wasn’t until I met these three designers. !KAPPIO! is known for knit and crochet collars and neckpieces that make a major statement. MARGOT’s collars are more romantic – still knitted, but featuring soft fur accents and small chains. And then there’s Gemma Lister, who creates sparkling embellished collars that light up any look. Click through to find more irresistible collars.    

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Travel to South Korea

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South Korea Feature

I’ve never been to South Korea, but we’ve had an influx of designers from the country, so it’s quickly jumped to the top of my list. I reached out to a few of our designers there to learn more about the inspiration behind their designs and their favorite spots in Seoul and Busan. Click here to check out the feature.

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Inspiration From Kirsten Gilder

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Inspiration moodboard by Kirsten Gilder

Inspiration moodboard by Kirsten Gilder

“Living in the North of England, on the edge of the Lake District, my natural surroundings have directed elements of my work, the color, the dramatic lights, landscapes – all that nature can throw at you. I can appreciate it for all its dismal beauty.”

Kirsten Gilder makes the most amazing moodboards to inspire her stunning silk scarves. This one is my favorite – there’s something so attractive about these wild images.

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The Happiest Necklace

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Seratonin Necklace by Emily Alice

Seratonin Necklace by Emily Alice

Jewelry designer Emily Alice makes jewelry that represents the molecular structure of serotonin, dopamine and other hormones that engineer our emotional responses. This necklace is serotonin, which is responsible for your feelings of calm and happiness. The lace-like structure of the necklace is beautiful and I love the meaning behind it. Imagine wearing happiness around your neck – it certainly beats an albatross.

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Love Stories

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Love Stories feature

Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day isn’t anyone’s favorite holiday. When I brought up the topic with the rest of the team, we all gave a little cringe. We wanted to find a way to celebrate the holiday without turning to red roses and candy hearts.We decided to use our favorite cinematic love stories to celebrate love – not just romance, but the enduring love of great friendships, too. Click here to read the feature and if you truly love Valentine’s Day, let me know!

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Collar By !Kappio!

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Wool neckpiece by !KAPPIO!

Wool Oversize Neckpiece by !KAPPIO!

Despite the team’s best efforts, our London office is absolutely freezing today! As I fight the chill with a soup-sized cup of tea, I find myself wandering over to !KAPPIO!’s page, where my eyes were immediately drawn to the Wool Oversize Neckpiece, a cuddly roll of wool that vaguely resembles an Elizabethan lace ruff. A statement piece, sure, but who can beat a cozy collar that doubles as a pillow when you need a surreptitious nap? Shhh, don’t tell the boss. I’ll be back in five…

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Art Forms

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Lucky us: We had the opportunity to team up with Artfinder to create a feature. After perusing our site and theirs, we’ve paired stunning works of art with pieces from our brilliant independent designers. Flip through the feature to get inspired!

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