Hiyaaa and welcome to the first Splendette blog post!
I thought this’d be a good time to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me and what led me to this place!
I’m Eeva and I’m the owner, designer and everything elser here at Splendette! I’ve been into the whole vintage scene for around 15 years, now. My love of vintage started at uni when I discovered vintage shops (we didn’t have such a thing in the Lake District!) and, as I was in a big city and studying a fashion degree, I began to experiment with my style.
I started to get more era specific when I began swing dancing in London and tended to look more to the 40s for style inspiration (as best as I could, for a newbie!)
When I started going to events such as the Rockabilly Rave and the Rhythm Riot, I found I loved to jive more than anything ever and really began to build my wardrobe and find my feet with my style, leaning more towards the 1950s with my personal look. I also did a few hair courses with Lipstick and Curls, which REALLY helped me out!
I started Splendette 3 years ago as I saw a gap in the market for realistic Bakelite looking jewellery at affordable prices. I began the business with just 8 styles of bangle and 3 styles of earring on my little table at the very first Atomic Vintage Festival.
Since then, I’ve grown the business each year and am now doing this full time with a couple of helpers for my orders.
I always design everything from scratch and my inspiration comes from all things 1940s and 1950s, with a splash of 60s for good luck. It can be the smallest thing that sets the design cogs whirring, the Starburst ranges I’ve done were inspired by a handbag I once saw and the deep green fakelite carving was inspired by snakes. I’m constantly thinking about my next ranges!
Nowadays I like to mix up my style between the late 40s and 50s, which I suppose helps me with the design process!
So, there’s a bit more about me and my background, please check in for further blog posts and please do let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in future posts!