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In a faraway land, there is a magical place called Sophie’s Closet. In this land, accessories roam free and there is plenty for everyone. Its founder Sophie is an ambassador for all sparkly things that women all over the world dream of...

Friday, October 21, 2011


Flare (November 2011)

Winter is a great time to amp up the glamour. Magazines are doing some of the most dazzling editorials right now as we prepare for end of the year celebrations and galas. We are seeing a lot of statement chandelier earrings with jewelled tones: some that are dark and mysterious like black and Sapphire blue, and some brighter shades like jades and emeralds.

Dark jewels are stark, minimal, and incredibly elegant. We just received these beautiful sparkling pave ones from Noir. And we can never get enough of Siman Tu, of course.

NOIR Black Pave 'Doorknocker' Earrings

SIMAN TU Chandelier Smoky Quartz Earrings

Elle Sweden (October 2011)

Blue is always so dreamy and romantic. We love our new Erickson Beamon earringss -- so incredibly glamorous and sparkly! And we also adore Dannijo's art deco inspired blue and gold statement chandeliers.

ERICKSON BEAMON Blue Bossa Nova Earrings

DANNIJO 'Tayana' Earrings

Vogue Japan (October 2011)

Lastly, we love bright and rich jade and emerald hues, as worn by supermodel Crystal Renn in Vogue. We just received these vintage YSL drop earrings from the Carole Tanenbaum collection, and they are just so perfect for the look! And, of course, our trusty Siman Tu green aventurine chandeliers are always our go-tos for a glamours evening.

Vintage YSL Jade Earrings

SIMAN TU Aventurine Earrings

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sophie's Closet in EMIRATES HOME

Emirates Home (October 2011)

Sophie's beautiful villa is featured on the cover of the October issue of Emirates Home. Being a true girl's girl, Sophie's home is filled with feminine florals, pastel shades, and pretty antiques. Writer Nora Elias and photographer Isidora Bojovic wonderfully capture the nature of Sophie's sense of aesthetic, that is very much the basis of Sophie's Closet. Check out the full article below!

Sophie sits in an armchair in one corner of the living room, a fresh and light space filled with flower patterns and soft pastel hues

As you walk into Sophie Katirai’s home you’re immediately struck by how gentle and quiet it is. Centrally located just off Satwa Road, no traffic noise or other disturbances reach the peaceful confines of the villa and, for the time being at least, not a bark is heard from the four dogs currently in residence. Steeped in feminine themes and patterns, walls painted a muted pastel pink or covered in delicately pretty flowered wallpaper, antique and antique-inspired furniture in pink and white and exquisite teacups beautifully arranged, it’s instantly relaxing. A little like stepping into an English country home, in the middle of busy Dubai.

An elegant white cabinet in the dining area houses Sophie’s precious collectibles

The perfect hostess, the soft-spoken Sophie greets us with tea and miniature cupcakes as we sit down for a chat in the home she shares with her husband of eight years, Bayan, and their three dogs (the fourth is on loan, the couple is currently ‘dogsitting’ for Sophie’s grandmother). The creator of Sophie’s Closet, a successful online business selling vintage and designer jewellery, Sophie’s interest in unique one-off pieces is not limited to jewellery. In fact, it’s evident all around us. “A lot of the pieces come from Canada,” Sophie explains, of items such as the antique teacups and saucers gracing the top of a cabinet in one corner of the living room and visible from behind the glass doors of another. “My dad was a collector so many things are pieces that he bought for me or that came from his collection.”

With its peaceful atmosphere, the living room is the perfect space to relax with a cup of tea

While her father would, from an early age, buy her “these beautiful antique porcelain dolls,” Sophie admits that she didn’t appreciate them as a child and that her own love of antiques is something that has only really developed in the past ten years. “It started with colourful teacups because I’ve always loved colour. So out of all the beautiful things my father had, I only liked the teacups,” she says. Her interest in period items has continued to blossom and while the majority of the collection her father left her is currently in storage in Canada because “they are all big pieces, statues and other things that I would just be too afraid to bring here,” she plans to one day decorate her home with them.

The exquisitely romantic wallpaper perfectly sets the tone for the stylish living room

Coming from a family of collectors, it was not only Sophie’s father who had a passion for antiques. The interest is shared by her uncles, who have been known to add to Sophie’s beautiful collection of teacups and crockery. “My uncles and the whole family on my dad’s side all love art and antiques, my uncles still travel to places like France and Italy to find things and come back talking about them. My house has nothing compared to the pieces you see in their homes,” she says. Teacups, the items that first inspired her to add her own pieces to the collection passed on to her by her father, remain at the heart of Sophie’s interest in antiques and she explains that she has largely been “buying pieces that look similar to what he used to buy for me.”

Sophie’s antique jewellery collection, top right, includes these stunning earrings and a bracelet originally seen on Olivia Palermo

While there is very much a romantic, vintage feel to the interiors of the house, Sophie, who studied graphic design at college, says she doesn’t buy with anything specific in mind, instead simply acquiring things that catch her eye. “I know it when I see it,” she says. She is adamant, however, in her belief in the genuine article, including the value of original, hand painted porcelain over the machine produced variety – commenting that “I don’t like fake stuff, it upsets me.” Continuously making small tweaks and changes to the décor of the house and sourcing new pieces, Sophie says that although she loves doing this, it’s a slow process. “I’ll often think, oh I want something over there, then I first come up with what would look good, in my head, then go online and find it and then either get it or find someone to make it for me. It takes time.”

A selection of some of Sophie’s gorgeous antique teacups and saucers

Asked if she has any favourites among the many beautiful items in her home, Sophie highlights a series of paintings by American artist Vanessa Valencia. “I shop online a lot and I came across a painting that I really liked. I contacted the artist and she made these especially for me, each one taking two to three months to do.” Though she didn’t request any particular motifs from the artist, Sophie explains that when Valencia’s work arrived, they blended perfectly into her home, featuring “cupcakes, teacups, and butterflies; things I love.” While her husband didn’t initially share her interest in interiors and antiques, this is something that has changed over the years. “Now he likes it and he helps me find things,” Sophie says. “If I’m in a shop and I pick something up [that he doesn’t like], he’ll say ‘I’m not sure about that, it looks cheap’. He’s been amazing.” Dubai’s online jewellery queen, Sophie’s thriving business grew out of her determination to track down gems seen on shows like Gossip Girl and on favourite style icon Olivia Palermo, initially for personal use. “It started with me sourcing things that I saw on celebrities; finding out who it was by, contacting the designer and looking at the rest of their collection,” she says.

Sophie stumbled across Vanessa Valencia’s work when shopping online, something she does a great deal of, both for herself and for her online jewellery business, Sophie’s Closet

What began as a personal pursuit eventually morphed into what is today Sophie’s Closet, in operation since 2008. “When it started it was me buying for myself but then I realised that it was actually hard, that I had put in a lot of work to find these pieces and that there were probably others who would like to find them but hadn’t been able to. So then I decided that I wanted to share these things with everyone,” she says. With an extensive selection that includes pieces by contemporary jewellery designers as well as a vintage section, Sophie explains that she only stocks “vintage items that are in very good condition, excellent quality pieces from 40-50 years ago. We usually only have one of each, they are one-of-a-kind pieces.” Now expecting her first child, Sophie says that although her mother has already bought an antique chair for the baby’s room, this may be one room in the house not decorated with antique pieces. “It might be vintage-inspired though,” she says with a smile. -- Nora Elias

Congratulations Sophie!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Introducing EDDIE BORGO

Jennifer Garner in W Magazine

Award winning designer Eddie Borgo combines traditions of American costume jewellery with inspirations taken from Rock and Roll, and its New York scene in particular. Having created custom pieces for designers Tabitha Simmons and Phillip Lim, Eddio Borgo launched his own line in 2009. Since, his pieces have become must-haves for every serious fashion connoisseur and featured in every single magazine from Vogue to Elle to Harper’s Bazaar. Last year, he won the CFDA award for Accessory Design. Borgo is also known for his own personal style, mixing classic menswear with rock and roll sensibilities.

Eddie Borgo

Rose Gold Cone Bracelet

His cone bracelets are some of the most covetable among stylists and celebrities. Worn above by Jennifer Garner in W Magazine. Other famous fans include Diane Kruger, Jessica Alba and Blake Lively -- we love them all!

Dianne Kruger

Gold Pave Cone Bracelet

Jessica Alba

Rose Gold Padlock Spray Necklace

We also love Borgo's necklaces, and Padlock Spray necklace in particular. It maintains an edgy sensibility while being very sweet and romantic at the same time. It takes a great designer to be able to do both, simultaneously.

Eddie Borgo's pieces are very exclusive so we are thrilled to be carrying them. Check out the complete selection on our website.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jewellery Inspiration: JAK & JIL at Fashion Week

It's fashion week time and our favourite street style photographer, Tommy Ton, has been busy snapping fashion industry's most fashionable. Sure, we love the shoes and the bags, but our eyes are always on the jewellery. And, it seems like Tommy Ton also has a penchant for jewellery.

We've noticed a lot layering of multiple bracelets and bangles (although, maybe not so functional for office work, haha). We're thinking an array of Chan Luu's and Rachel Leigh's friendship bracelets, with some glam from LeiVanKash to complete the look.

We especially love how this image and the stacking of five large bangles, paired up with this stunning beaded bag. So colourful and fun! To get the look, find a couple of big chunky bangles like this one by Vita Fede.

Bracelets aside, we also love styling with multiple rings. This image focusing on blues and greens (with yellow nails!) is making us pull every colour of Rachel Leigh's 'Gumball' ring out of our drawers.

And, we spotted Noir's 'Brooklyn Bridge' ring, looking very chic in autumn colours and accompanied with that giant silhouette pendant.

This edgy punk-rock inspired look is very elegant, not too hard. As you know, we can never pass on a good spike. Again, we are pulling out all our Noir and Joomi Lim bracelets out of our drawers.

Images courtesy of style.com.