You surely know by now how much I love vintage-inspired bangles, so I’m happy to spotlight another small business today by featuring Bow & Crossbones, another woman-owned vintage inspired jewellery brand that produces gorgeous pieces I can’t help but collect.
Bangles: All Bow & Crossbones
Dress: Bella-Blue dress previously gifted by Miss Candyfloss
Wrap Cardigan: White Darcy cardigan by Collectif*
Cropped Cardigans: Unavailable — Similar options are Honey and Viola MAK cropped cardigans* (Affiliate code Amy-Yemak-014 for 40% off in May)
Every Friday night Bow & Crossbones host a Big Friday Night In where they launch a batch of new pieces at 8pm GMT. Recently, thanks to the spread of Coronavirus causing the cancellation of Viva 23, they held a Bumper Night In, debuting dozens of new pieces that were intended to originally be launched at Viva. I wanted to buy about £200 worth of product but since I was unsure at the time about how steady my job was going to be through this crisis I limited myself to my favourite colours of the new carved pieces.
The Etta Tropical Carve bangles come in one width and matching carved hoop earrings in a range of 7 colours, of which I’m wearing the Tawny and Ocean Blue shades in my mustard-blue outfit pictured. Like all Bow & Crossbone bangles these come in 3 different fit sizes, Princess, Queenie and Goddess, the latter of which is my size. (If you have larger hands but find that the Splendette Duchess bangles are just that touch too big for you, the B&C Goddess size will likely be a perfect fit as they measure 7cm in diameter internally compared to Splendette’s Duchess 7.5cm.) The carvings on the bangles are sweet and add an extra textural dimension to the pieces. I’m more than a little obsessed with these exact shades of Ocean Blue and Tawny, since they’re perfect matches to colours I love to highlight in my wardrobe, but since I don’t have pierced ears I’m hoping Cam, B&C’s owner, will produce some of her other staple bangle styles in these new colours.
Another of the new launches that I picked up was the Toffee coloured stack of the new Pea Collection bangle trios. The Pea Collection is B&C’s first fully matched range, with 3 bangle widths of thin, medium and thick that form a lovely matching stack. Like the Etta collection they also boast their own distinct carved design, and come in 5 new colours across all 3 bangle sizes. The range also offers matching earrings, necklaces and brooches, but not every colour has all additional accessory types available to match. I’ll certainly be picking up the Toffee brooch to match my bangles in future, and want to grab the Pear and Plum bangle stacks as well, since I don’t have those shades represented in my ever-growing collection. The Toffee shade itself is wonderfully unusual, as it is a true likeness to its name–British readers, think Worthers Originals!–but it can easily bend towards reading as mustard in some lights. I think it’s a matching stack I’ll be wearing constantly, with abundant glee.
Most of the other items I’ve photographed for you aren’t brand new releases but I wanted to give you an idea of the full range of bangle styles that Bow & Crossbones offer. There are certain bangle designs, like the Elsie and Imogen, that are staples that are released in new colours most seasons. There are other designs, like the Krystal Prystal and Kane, which are newer but were such big hits that they have quickly been released in other colours. B&C are especially good at releasing bangles that are semi-transparent or have glitter elements involved. The Rita bangle pictured as part of the leopard stack above is one of my favourite bangles ever, and I own many other B&C bangles in various colours that have glitter pieces or glitter thread interspersed throughout, which adds a really fun element to creating a stack.
Speaking of leopard, the leopard print bangles pictured are also a fairly-new release of only a month or so back, fulfilling a bangle craving I’ve had for about a year. For me, mixing black and leopard print is one of the easiest outfit creation tactics I rely on not only when I’m feeling lazy but also when I’m feeling sassy, but until now I only had leopard print belts and bags available in my arsenal to get spotty with my accessorising. Now, with these bangles, I can ascend to a new level of minimal-effort, maximum-sass leoparding! Again, these bangles are available in all 3 size fits, as well as in darker and lighter shade variations.
Bow & Crossbones is an independent, WOC-owned UK business, and like many small businesses I’m sure they could use all the support they can get during this unprecedented, strange time we’re all experiencing. As B&C were supposed to be at Viva 23 this past weekend, owner Cam has decided to take this opportunity to have a little ‘holiday in the garden’ until the end of the month while her small team is furloughed. On April 27th Cam will be resuming shipping orders safely from her home office, so if you are in a position to be able to continue shopping as you normally would then any orders placed during her break will be shipped at the end of the month. If not, following, liking and commenting across Bow & Crossbone’s social media pages is a great free way to help support them, and any other small business you’d like to help during this time. You can also keep yourself entertained by joining their B&C Beauties Lounge Facebook group, where other bangle-loving folks joyfully share pictures of their daily stacks.
Disclaimer: The dress featured in this outfit was previously gifted to my by Miss Candyfloss in exchange for an honest review. All other featured items were bought by me. The use of my MAK Sweater affiliate code will generate me a small commission from your order. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken in the safety of my garden, thus abiding by the strict social distancing rules currently in place to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please stay home, and when necessary to leave the house for work or necessities remember to keep at least 6 ft away from any persons you may encounter.