Peers Hardy presented a showcase of watches and jewellery that it described as the best of London’s high street brands at Baselworld last month.
The British watch business showcased its first collections from Jigsaw, L.K.Bennett and Sara Miller London alongside its own watch brand Henry London and collections from licensed partners Orla Kiely Time and Lola Rose.
“London is the most wonderful city in the world. Wherever you may live, visit London once and the experience will never be forgotten. It is not only along London streets and among the people you’ll find magic, but also on the thoroughfares and high street. The truth is not everyone gets the chance to visit our city so we have been working over the last 12 months to build up a enviable and diversified portfolio of own and licence brands to bring a taste of London to international markets. The same fondness of London that captivates the mind of the international citizen is extended to British brands. The L.K.Bennett brand has retail presence in Europe, the US and Asia. Henry London has over 50 distribution partners, whilst Orla Kiely and Lola Rose have been instant hits in the markets of South East Asia since their launch in 2015,” says Paul Harry, international sales and marketing director for Peers Hardy.
“We’re proud to be driving the international expansion of British brands,” he adds.
The 2018 portfolio comprises:
An British affordable luxury brand, founded by Linda Bennett in London in 1990 with the vision of bringing “a bit of Bond Street luxury to the High Street”. Over the last three decades the brand has built up an international presence not least because the brand’s clothing is often worn by HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The watch collection fuses contemporary style with luxurious design details to perfectly encapsulate the essence of L.K.Bennett. Straps are produced in fine leathers in a classic colour palette, finished with a bespoke buckle inspired by L.K.Bennett’s iconic handbag hardware. Designed to be treasured. Prices start at around £96.
Henry London is expanding its range of mainly men’s watches with the addition for 35mm styles for women. The collection has a celestial theme which is brought to life through the use of a contemporary mother of pearl effect dial and discreet yet dazzling stone-set markers taking the place of numbers. The defining feature is the delicate constellation star design on the dial, representing the night sky. Prices start at £135. A new men’s diver’s collection is also being introduced with automatic movements, priced at £250.
Jigsaw is a 40-year-old privately owned British fashion and retail company that aims to sell affordable and stylish clothes in exciting surroundings. With shop fits courtesy of cutting edge designers, and campaigns shot by some of fashion’s most revered photographers, Jigsaw is a true British fashion institution. The watch collection features a capsule collection of sleek cases offered in a variety of definitive Jigsaw shades. Each watch is made from the highest-quality materials with an exacting attention to finish and detail – a quality which defines the brand. Retailing from £106.
The Lola Rose collection uses classic designs with feminine detailing. Dials use either semi-precious stone slices or stone prints. This season’ new designs include the ‘Hanging Charm’ collection, an on trend t-bar silhouette featuring a delicate stone chip hanging from each piece retailing for around £71.
Orla Kiely Time
Peers Hardy is adding a range of Orla Kiely Time clocks to go with its watch collections, a move that fits with the Orla Kiely homeware portfolio. They are expected to sell for around £40. On the watch side, the SS18 watch collection stays true to the fresh and creative brand that is Orla Kiely; a cool sixties feel with a very modern edge. Each piece explores a playful mix of colour, pattern & texture at prices of around £85.