Read on to find out more about London based fashion line, Masato London, who will be joining us on Sunday April 12th 2015. The label has links to Bath and is fronted by designer Japanese born Masato Jones (pictured). Interview by Carla Stobbs.
Who are you and where are you based?
Masato is a brand based in Paddington, London, that creates T-shirts & sweatshirts that fund our 1st line of women’s & menswear.
Where do you get your inspiration?
The line which we sell in Bath is based on anything that takes my fancy. Usually quirky drawings of animals such as the popular penguin to a Guitar or a Sax. I try to do different designs at different times and hope they like it. The current T-shirt Steer (above) comes from a steer skull, which I tried to make it look not so gruesome.
What is your link to Bath?
We had a boutique in Milsom Place before as part of a company called British Designers & happy to say we have retained those customers.
What will you be selling on April 12th?
We will have new T-shirt lines at £25 clearance sweatshirts at £25 & clearance T-shirts at £15.
What is your best seller?
All our products are limited edition however our best seller of all time is our Penguin sweatshirt (see above).
See Masato on Sunday April 12th at the Bath Artisan Market or join their 156K followers on Twitter @masatostudio
Read on to find out about a mother and daughter team making and selling gorgeous gemstone jewellery and trading with us for the first time on April 12th 2015.
Who are you?
We are Pauline Sylvia Designs – a mother and daughter team who have been working together for 18 months. Mum (Pauline Sylvia) is the designer and I (Lisa) look after the business side, running the stall and marketing/social media.
What do you make?
Genuine gemstone jewellery – bracelets, necklaces and earrings. They are beautiful, feminine, timeless and classic pieces of jewellery using only genuine gemstones and freshwater pearls.
What inspires the designs?
The gemstones are the starting point for every piece. We have a massive, constantly growing, selection of genuine gemstones and semi-precious stones from all over the world and are completely fascinated by their natural beauty. It’s amazing to think that something so stunning has been created through various conditions in the earth and the end result is a unique and precious gemstone. Some of the stones like Labradorite, Moonstone and Opal have some stunning optical properties and are a joy to work with.
Our visitors can meet you on April 12th – but where else can they find you?
Lots of our customers buy directly from us through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/paulinesylviadesigns. We post all our new pieces on here and have albums of pieces made and ready for delivery. We also hold jewellery parties which are a lovely social able evening where we visit your house and set up our jewellery display, there is no hard sell or pressure to buy and customers can browse and try on at their leisure whilst enjoying a glass of wine and a chat. The hostess receives a commission from sales on the night to spend on jewellery and a free gift for kindly agreeing to host us.
Tell us about your best-sellers
Our 925 Sterling Silver and genuine Pearl bracelet has been the best seller and always received great feedback and comments (pictured below).
The quickest selling piece is our black Agate bracelet, we made 3 of these and within 15 minutes of posting a picture on our Facebook page had sold them all (see picture attached from the post). Amethyst is the most popular gemstone, its easily recognisable and its lovely lilac and purple colour tones a favourite with our customers. Prices start at £5 for Silver or Gold Plated earrings and bracelets, up to £60 for a genuine pearl necklace using Gold Vermeil.