Hello 2023. A Welcome Note From Vicki.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season, I’m feeling very positive about 2023. Let’s all hope for life to get back on course and for a brighter year ahead.

At VICKISARGE we began this year with our design work featured at the New York Metropolitan Opera House for a production of Fedora. Our amazing designer Nathalie David put her heart and soul into these jewellery pieces and the costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel are equally sumptuous.

 

Fedora Met Opera Vicki Sarge Jewellery
Fedora Met Opera VICKISARGE jewellery
Fedora Met Opera VICKISARGE jewellery

 

We are very close to launching our online rental service, our most spectacular pieces will soon be able to adorn you for an evening or special event! Keep your eyes peeled for the official launch.

This year is also important to me as I will be celebrating 40 years in the jewellery industry! We will be planning some exciting events to mark this landmark in my career. How wonderful to have spent four decades doing what I love, I look forward to celebrating with you all. 

Please note that we we are still offering 50% OFF collections this month, there are still some beautiful pieces to be had, so please do take a look in the SALE section on the VICKISARGE website. 
VICKISARGE Costume jewellery London
January 19, 2023 — Vicki Sarge

Our Latest Collaboration With Tim Walker

 

Creative collaborations are the very heartbeat of VICKISARGE and Vicki has worked with some of the best over the years, Tim Walker being a strong favourite. We now reveal our latest endeavor with the prolific dream weaver himself, a hauntingly beautiful music promo for the artists Hercules & Love Affair and ANOHNI.

 

Designing to Gerry O'Kane's vision, a jewellery interpretation incorporating dance, beauty and gender fluidity, we created the bespoke crystal body adornments featured in the poetic visuals. Our crystal chest adornments, Belt of Venus and bejewelled thong look sensational amongst this visual feast. We are thrilled to have been involved in such an artistically powerful piece.

VICKISARGE Tim Walker Hercules & Love Affair
VICKISARGE Tim Walker Hercules & Love Affair

VICKISARGE Tim Walker Hercules & Love Affair

Previously VICKISARGE has worked with Tim Walker on a number of beautiful projects, most notably a W magazine shoot featuring the sublime Tilda Swinton in our bespoke face masks.

VICKISARGE Tim Walker Tilda Swinton

VICKISARGE Tim Walker Tilda Swinton

Did you know that the custom pieces we create for such inspiring collaborations are often available for rental? We will keep you posted on these beauties!

VICKISARGE Tim Walker
September 08, 2022 — Vicki Sarge

Cocktails & Jewels

 

Thank you to all who attended our cocktail party at The Chapel last night. Our Oriel Harwood sculpted ladies enjoyed watching over the fun and WOW Bea's cocktails packed a punch! 

 

July 01, 2022 — Vicki Sarge

Don Carlos For New York's MET Opera

Now we have settled into our new headquarters at The Chapel, we are looking forward to sharing an array of exciting projects we've recently been involved in. 

The first one, and the one of which I am most proud, is jewellery design for the new production of Don Carlos at the New York Metropolitan Opera. You can watch the trailer for this gorgeous new production here (scroll to the bottom of the site's page.)

Don Carlos MET Opera. Jewellery design by VICKISARGE

 

We were approached by the supreme costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel. The costumes reflected the Medieval and Religious background of the opera, everything is rich and sumptuous and our creations compliment the luxurious fabrics perfectly. Brigitte is a dream to work with - she is so creative, clear and professional.  I hope that our working relationship will go on for a long time. The whole experience was an utter joy. 

As well as the live shows, Don Carlos will be screened across UK cinemas on the 26th March. Full details can be found on the MET's site. And in addition - we will be creating a small collection inspired by this project after this screening. We will let you know as soon as the collection is available, so watch this space.

I will be sharing our next endeavours shortly...it's certainly been an exciting and inspiring start to 2022!

Don Carlos , VICKISARGE jewellery design.
March 14, 2022 — Vicki Sarge

Latest Exhibition Visits

 

Last week Vicki visited an array of exhibitions around London. 'It's such a joy to have our art galleries and museums open again and I have indulged in not one but three beautiful shows recently. I enjoyed them all immensely, they all had very different vibes!'

NOGUCHI at The Barbican.

'Reflecting on six decades of a practice that disregarded established hierarchies and boundaries between disciplines, Isamu Noguchi stated in 1988 that “Art for me is something which teaches human beings how to become more human.” This exhibition, drawing from the collection of The Noguchi Museum in New York, as well as private and public collections, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment. Over 150 works are presented, including an extraordinary range of sculptures—made in stone, ceramics, wood, and aluminium—as well as theatre set designs, playground models, furniture, and lighting' 

 

VICKISARGE costume jewellery blog

 

VICKISARGE costume jewellery blog

 

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE at the Fashion Textile Museum. 

'Beautiful People explores fabulous and rare examples from the era-defining stores and designers of 1960s London, including Granny Takes A Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more'.

 

VICKISARGE costume jewellery blog

 VICKISARGE costume jewellery blog

 VICKISARGE costume jewellery blog

 

YAYOI KUSAMA - INFINITY ROOMS at the Tate Modern. 

'Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life is one of Kusama’s largest installations to date and was made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern. It is shown alongside Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers.'

 

 

VICKISARGE COSTUME JEWELLERY BLOG

All images taken by Vicki. 

 

November 16, 2021 — Vicki Sarge

The Piaget Design Competition.

 

Earlier this year, while Covid restrictions kept my boutique closed and London was as quiet as I had ever known, I was fortunate to be immersed in teaching work. In a wonderful alignment of past consultancy projects, a perfect assignment was suggested to me by Elizabeth Fischer from HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva).  Annually, the second year students of HEAD work on a Design Project sponsored with Piaget. This year Piaget brought together HEAD students with the latest school set up by Turquoise Mountain in AlUla Saudi Arabia. Having worked for many years with both institutions I was delighted to be involved! 

 

 

The Piaget Design Competition is an initiative created to support and invest in the artisanal talent of Saudi Arabia’s next generation of creatives. For the past nine years, Piaget has worked with HEAD – Genève on initiatives recognizing and fostering the creativity of students from around the world. In 2021, the Piaget Design Competition took place to Madrasat Addeera in AlUla with the objective of reviving design principles rooted in heritage through mentoring and fostering of local talent.

'Each student involved in the program received ongoing mentoring from professors from HEAD – Genève, as well as being paired with students from HEAD – Genève, who provided additional mentoring throughout the design process to help take their skills and designs to the next level. In addition, the students received mentoring from jewellery designer Vicki Sarge, whose artistry has been celebrated by designers and collectors the world over. Sarge spent time with each of the students one-on-one, providing feedback, insights and mentoring to help their talent shine, and to guide them in refining and elevating their design concepts, bringing to the program her decades of experience and rich understanding of craftsmanship in jewellery. Following this mentoring, in mid-May each of the twelve students presented their work to a panel of judges, with the first, second and third place winners set to receive special awards from Piaget, in recognition of their outstanding work. The judging panel comprised representatives from each of the four organizations involved in supporting the initiative; Piaget, HEAD – Genève, RCU and Turquoise Mountain –the latter, a Prince of Wales Foundation sustainable crafts initiative engaged by RCU to run the programs at Madrasat Addeera'. 
Piaget Official Press Release. 

 

 

AlUla is an UNESCO site with an ancient historical walled city which was part of the ancient incense route. The surrounding area has incredible natural rock formations and with architecture carved into the rocks, the Nabatean tombs were created. The students of HEAD were asked to create a piece of ‘High’ jewellery inspired by this breathtaking landscape. Due to the restrictions this year, we held our interviews and mentoring sessions via Zoom. I worked alongside Tiffany Baehler who was working with the students in Geneva and responsible for the project for HEAD. I was surprised how well I was still able to connect with the students, despite the lack of face to face teaching and to see such a successful outcome with beautiful designs.

 

 

This was then followed by a presentation to the students in AlUla. The school is sponsored by the The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and run by The Turquoise Mountain team. I had worked with Harriet Stiles previously in Saudi Arabia and she worked alongside the inspiring Issraa Alrayess. Both are highly competent in their fields and it was such a pleasure to be part of their team. 

 

 

This was the first year the school has been running and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was surprised how engaged the Saudi students were and how quickly they were able to interpret their personal love for this area, which I believe is part of their souls. 

 

 

The highlight of the project was to have the AlUla students present their work to the Geneva students for mentoring before their final presentation to the Jury. I enjoyed every minute of this work. The students were all so talented and enthusiastic. The teams I worked alongside are an inspiration. It had so much feel good factor and made the final part of my lockdown magnificent.

All images via Piaget. 
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June 30, 2021 — Vicki Sarge

Keeping Calm In Turbulent Times

 

Walking

I can’t run outdoors but I love walking.  During the Spring/Summer I managed three walks a day. Now that’s it gets dark so early I only manage two. The parks in London are wonderful, I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better these past months. One thing I have enjoyed seeing this year, despite its difficulties, is people really getting into exercise. I’ve seen so many more folk walking in parks and getting outside. Let’s hope some of these new habits stick and we can become a healthier nation. This could put less strain on our beautiful NHS.

 

Dulwich Park London

 

Yoga

I’ve discovered Adrienne and her dog Benji on You Tube. It’s all very simple exercises and there are loads, so you can structure this around how you’re feeling and what you require on that particular day.

Cooking

I, very fortunately, live with my daughter Bea and we’re both good cooks, both specialising in different cuisines, so it never gets boring!  I’d say our biggest change in food is buying local. We have discovered an incredible Butcher in East Dulwich, Moxon’s Fishmonger and all our local Greengrocers and Turkish food shop’s. Beatrice loves the local Korean and Vietnamese shops.

Lordship Lane, Dulwich

 

Television

Most of our evenings centre around the television! Although I am usually making jewellery, or knitting while I watch, so it still feels productive. Victoria, our PR, has asked me to list my current favourites...

Small Axe by Steve McQueen. First and foremost, if you haven’t seen this outstanding group of five short films, you are short changing yourself.  We are so blessed to have had the BBC commissioning these. I felt honoured to watch them on my sofa.

Small Axe

 

Babylon Berlin I discovered this series in the first lockdown. Yes it’s subtitled and in German and yes it’s hard to find ( I watched it on Sky) but atmospheric and wonderful.

Babylon Berlin

 

The Queen’s Gambit  A more recent addition to my favourite list - who knew Chess could be such a compelling subject! The costumes are an inspiration.

The Serpent  I love a bit of creepy tension. Amazingly done and a real page turner, it’s impossible not to binge.

The Serpent

 

Bridgerton Is my current watch, it's certainly nice escapism. The locations are beautiful, costumes fabulous and such an energetic cast!

January 13, 2021 — Vicki Sarge

Lockdown Two. Our boutique is closed, but not for long.

Well the last few months have been pretty special, it’s been a joy to greet you in our little boutique, to catch up and chat as you try on fabulous jewellery. We’ve been delighted with your continued support and so pleased those who couldn’t join in person, still had fun with video appointments.

From today (Thursday 5th Nov) our Elizabeth Street boutique will close the doors for one month. BUT dear friends….we will be back in December with ALL the SPARKLE and BLING you could possibly desire. A boutique dripping with Christmas treats and Christmas cheer.

Please keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook as we will be sharing some lovely little (closed) shop tours, behind the scenes and ‘how to wear’ it videos in the coming weeks! We will be adding many new items to VICKISARGE.com. It will be positively brimming with beautiful pieces. So whether you are looking for ‘Zoom’ friendly earrings, or a pick-me-up, or a head start on Christmas shopping – we have it all!

The online store will be functioning as normal and we are offering a free click and collect service for those local to the boutique. Just select the ‘pick up’ option at checkout and we will be in touch to arrange a collection time. A virtual tour of the closed shop, so you can see pieces in more detail or receive our personal advice is possible too. Please get in touch if this is of interest and we will do our very best to accommodate you within the guidelines.

We are at your service, we will miss you. But we can do this! Thank you again all for all the support and love. We look forward to opening our doors again next month!

If you have any questions or queries please email us on boutique@vickisarge.com or call Vicki on 07949206526.
 

Our ladies will be waiting patiently for you...

boutique to close for lockdown
November 05, 2020 — Vicki Sarge

August - In London When It Sizzles

Elizabeth Street is almost back to normal, both Oliveto and The Thomas Cubitt are buzzing now they have extra outside seating, it’s worth taking the time to drop by. The same goes for Wild by Tart and The Jones Family Kitchen, which now fill the beautiful courtyard that is Eccleston Yards. If you are still in London on a stay-cation, it is a marvelous time to visit the area as it truly feels like being on holiday.

VICKISARGE is so happy to be open again and we are delighted to have multiple Pop Up events happening in the shop over the coming weeks. Showcasing incredibly diverse creative talents, which we believe makes a visit to our beautiful boutique extra worthwhile.  

Our latest jewellery collections, perfect for that blissful Summer feeling, are now available.  And to further boost the mood, we are continuing to share our love and happiness with our legendary (up to) 80% sample sale.

 

 

This week we have the wonderful Kitty Arden Collection in store until Saturday 8th August. Her vibrant silks and hand painted linens are perfect for Holiday/Resort and are bursting with colour and flattering loose shapes.

 

 

Next week, from the 11th -13th August, Selina Blow is back with a sumptuous ready to wear collection.

 

 

Then the dreamy Mimi Wade will host a pop up and sample sale on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August. We have been collaborating with Mimi on her jewellery collection for several years, but this is the first time her collection will be available in the shop so it really is not to be missed!

 

 

So it’s a busy and exciting August for VICKISARGE. With so many delicious options we know you will not be disappointed on arrival and as always we can’t wait to serve you.

We sign off with a fabulously interesting little video from Vicki’s dear friend Hamish Bowles of American Vogue.

“Everything you Need to Know About the Little Black Dress”

A wonderful look at the history of the LBD including the power of accessories in transforming this fashion staple.

August 06, 2020 — Vicki Sarge

Our Latest News



Firstly we would like to say a BIG Thank you for your continued support during these extraordinary times. 

Before lockdown many of you came to our ‘Last Ever Sample Sale’ at 38 Elizabeth Street. However, due to the changing circumstances, we have now decided to stay in our beautiful shop for the time being. The boutique is open again, filled with wonderful new pieces with more to come. And with space still dedicated to our incredible Sample Sale, there really is something for everyone.

We have reopened to a different world and this pause has given Vicki and the team the opportunity to assess our business practices. The outcome being that we remain very proud of VICKISARGE and our small team of creatives. We continue to make every piece of jewellery by hand in our Elizabeth Street workshop. Vicki’s incredible stock of materials and vintage elements, accumulated over her 38 years of designing jewellery, is an invaluable resource to our unique designs. We are proud to recognise that our carbon footprint is small and we continue to put in practices which will allow our treasured earth to breathe.  

During Lockdown Vicki found great pleasure in being at home, rediscovering her material stash to create simple and chic new pieces for the boutique. So please stop by for your ‘feel good’ factor. Many of you have told us what a joy it has been to add a pair of statement earrings to a Zoom call. To elevate your daily style, even on the darker days. To enjoy creations made with love and care.

For now we are open Tuesday - Saturday 11-5pm but we shall extend these hours as London reawakens.

And for those of you who are not ready to exit your home bubble, but still looking to indulge in our creations, we have options…

Our website vickisarge.com Which is open 24/7 and has been updated with new collections and old favourites. 
  
Our fabulous concierge service. If you are local to Belgravia, we are happy to deliver an edited selection of styles to your doorstep, all ready to purchase when you find the one. 

A virtual appointment - via the services of WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype. We already engage with a number of international clients this way and it has proved a very successful way to show clients the boutique’s many delights.

We do hope you will agree that we offer a wide range of routes to covet your beloved VICKISARGE.

We look forward to serving you!

 

vicki sarge latest news on our Elizabeth Street boutique
 

July 05, 2020 — Vicki Sarge

Our Boutique Re-Opening

 

We are happy to announce that we will able to receive customers at 38 Elizabeth Street from Wednesday 17th June. 

Below are some quick guidelines which we hope will ensure a safe and comfortable shopping experience for all.

The boutique will be treated to a deep clean before opening.
We will allow 1 person (accompanied by max 1 other person) in at a time.
We will kindly ask you to use the hand sanitiser at the entrance.
We recommend our customers to wear a face mask.
We kindly ask you to pay by card.
In case there is another customer in the shop, you can leave your phone number on the list at the entrance and our staff will contact you as soon as they are ready to receive you.
Or you can make an appointment in advance with Rebecca (020 7259 0202)

 

Temporary opening hours will be as follows:

Wed 17th June      11am – 5pm
Thur 18th June      11am – 5pm
Fri 19th June         11am – 5pm
Sat 20th June        11am - 5pm
 
Wed 24th June    11am – 5pm
Thur 25th June     11am – 5pm
Fri 26th June        11am – 5pm

Sat 27th June       11am – 5pm

May 27, 2020 — Vicki Sarge

COVID-19 Information

We appreciate that you may have seen many of these company messages in recent days. Like you, we are also listening to advice and watching the news, trying to understand and interpret the fast moving changes, and adjusting to the situation as we go.

We are adapting to provide the best service under unusual circumstances. The safety and wellbeing of all our small team, how we interact with each other, and most importantly how we safeguard you as a valued customer, is of the utmost importance. We will also work to ensure the best standards of safety for our boutique to reassure you during this time.

Our boutique

Our boutique remains open for the moment. Our opening times have changed from today (11am - 5pm) and you’ll find information updated on the website, daily. Our 80% Sample Sale continues and we are delighted to offer you a WhatsApp or FaceTime tour of the boutique for the best possible virtual shopping experience. Or let us know what you're looking for and we are more than happy to send photos with prices. Many of our customers at home and abroad now choose to shop this way. It is a real hit!

Online shopping

We are fully operational at vickisarge.com. We are able to take orders 24/7 and currently anticipate no delays to your delivery.

Latest news and how to contact us

If you have any query please email Rebecca at boutique@vickisarge.com, or call us at 020 7259 0202. We would be more than happy to answer your question.

Thank you for being a valued customer and we look forward to serving you.

We wish you good health during these unprecedented times.

Vicki, Rebecca, Maya, Nathalie, Luca, Victoria and Zak at VICKISARGE

March 19, 2020 — Vicki Sarge