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!'
'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'
'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'.
'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.'
All images taken by Vicki.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridgerton Is my current watch, it's certainly nice escapism. The locations are beautiful, costumes fabulous and such an energetic cast!
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!
Our ladies will be waiting patiently for you...
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.
A wonderful look at the history of the LBD including the power of accessories in transforming this fashion staple.
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!
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:
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
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 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Better late than never…..it’s been a busy time for team VICKISARGE. Breathe was barely drawn between completion of our beautiful and very successful collaboration with Buckingham Palace, to designing jewellery for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty presentation during New York Fashion Week.
This is the 2nd year we have been lucky enough to design for Buckingham Palace’s Royal Collection. The collaboration is based around colour and pays tribute to the Queen’s own jewellery collection, without trying to replicate the designs. Many of the styles have been taken from our own collections but are strongly historic in their inspiration. The pieces have proven to be popular with the Palace’s many visitors. They are a wonderful keepsake to be worn and cherished.
Savage x Fenty
I was so excited to work on Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show mainly due to the positive body images she champions for all. It was so much fun being part of a production which emphasises the individual as strong and powerful, making her own way in the world. It was also so inspiring to work alongside the creative team who really want to celebrate and elevate women’s shapes and styles. And…the jewellery was so stand out and really was part of what made the show fantastic. I must say an extra big thank you to my team for working so hard on this amazing project.
Marie Helene de Taillac
After our work on Savage X Fenty was complete, I made a quick trip to the Pret a Porter shows in Paris and to help celebrate the book launch of one of my most cherished friends Marie Helene. “Gold and Gems” in a beautiful testament to her work, showcasing the beautiful simplicity of her designs alongside her powerful gold craftsmanship and her trademark cut of the stones.
While in Paris I can’t forget to say a huge thank you to the ‘hostess with the mostess’ Jane Pendry was busy with her Dovima Paris appointments as well as getting ready for her US Road Trip, but she was still kind enough to let me crash in on her life. Love You Jane and the collection is sensational - I couldn’t stop myself from spending, of course!
Speaking of books - I was sadly away for the very successful launch of James Sherwood’s book on Henry Poole. This event happened at Coutts Bank - with Princess Anne presiding over the wonderful Henry Poole exhibition of workmanship. I am so proud of James and was very sad not to be there to celebrate this wonderful achievement.
I was invited to join my dear friend the milliner Stephen Jones for an event in my home town of Detroit. Stephen was asked to do a lecture at the Michigan Theatre by Penny Stamps Lecture series. This is part of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The series is supported by Linda Dresner and the following day we were able to have an in-store Trunk Show with both Stephen Jones and Vicki Sarge designs. Chrisstina Hamilton was our fabulous host and organiser and one of the joys of the trip was meeting her. I am certain she will be a lifelong friend.
Below is a couple shots of the work from Leon Dickey at his gallery upstairs at Linda Dresner. Thank you Leon for arranging a wonderful trip and making us feel so welcome.
On the last leg of this trip we had a whirlwind visit to New York and we were lucky enough to be given a private tour of PARIS: The Capital of Fashion by Valerie Steele (Museum at F.I.T.) It was wonderful and a real treat and so a big thank you to Hamish Bowles for making it happen.
May and June were so packed with events that I haven’t had the chance to get a blog out any earlier. It really has been a whirlwind few months.
In May I was lucky enough to have a week in Naples and the Amalfi Coast. It wasn’t my first trip, so this time I was determined to visit Pompeii. In Naples we started at the Thomas Dane Gallery, where he was presenting the work of Cecily Brown titled ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’. The Gallery in Naples was such an amazing venue for this exciting work, it was a an inspiring and tranquil hour in an otherwise busy day.
On the Coast we enjoyed some sunshine. Although it wasn’t very warm, I still managed a swim in the sea and I am quite proud of myself for doing so! In fact it was so wonderful, I once again skipped Pompeii and only managed to get to Oplontis, a villa outside Pompeii. I absolutely loved it but shall definitely be returning to Pompeii at a later date.
Luckily we were back in time to attend our invitation to one of the Queen’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. It was the first time Becca and I had been invited so we were a little excited! We enjoyed the presence of The Queen, Prince William and Kate and the tea was pretty amazing too.
The best, however, was just sitting back, relaxing and people watching in the beautiful surroundings.
Spring always starts with the delivery of our jewellery to the Garsington Opera season at Wormsley Estate and tickets to a dress rehearsal. This year we saw the production of Don Giovanni. It’s a joy to see and always so rewarding to work with the team and meet the other artisans who create the unique and hand crafted gift items available.
Belgravia In Bloom
Elizabeth Street has always led the way with the floral fantasies which celebrate The Chelsea Flower Show. This year the theme for Belgravia was ‘The Language of Flowers’. We kept to a very Victorian look for our window and inside the shop we celebrated with colour and the brilliant, bright stones of our exciting Spring Collection.
This Season we have created a simple flower design called Pop and it is, by far, our biggest seller at the moment. The pieces are made from simple bold shapes, mainly in gold with a pop of strong colour.
Also in May we collaborated with Tamara Cincik founder of Fashion Roundtable in hosting a fabulous creative workshop at the boutique. It was a great success and I truly believed everyone who came enjoyed the event immensely.The evening began with an informal Q&A between Tamara and myself. Chatting about my early days starting the business,the progression and direction we have now taken. We then enjoyed refreshments and an intimate workshop in which everyone made a piece of jewellery. It was a delightful group of people and all of us had a great time.
Images by Dalia Greppi
The Wallace Collection
We began June with an exciting new collaboration with London’s The Wallace Collection. Each limited edition piece we created was inspired by the artwork within and some include cameos of the most iconic paintings in the Gallery. The setting is so wonderful, made even more so, with the current Manola Blahnik presentation displayed within the collection. I truly believe that the Wallace is the most romantic museum in London, it is held with such affection and is a constant source of inspiration for all who appreciate romance and beauty.
Belgravia Square BBQ
What fun we had at the annual Belgrave Square BBQ. Becca, Maya and myself were invited to the table of our good friend and client Stacey Kivel. The food and drink were delicious with Uni Japanese for Starters and Mossiman hosting the BBQ. Everyone was in festive spirits and we ended up dancing the night away.
On the 19th of June Knightsbridge Rocks and VICKISARGE hosted yet another successful evening talk at 38 Elizabeth Street. This was presented by Nevin Bayoumi who is a gemologist and she discussed where to begin when collecting vintage jewellery. Nevin was fascinating and we hope that we will do another talk in the Autumn.
I just have to make a comment on the recent play I went to at the Barbican. An adaptation of the Visconti film script of The Damned, produced and directed by Ivo van Hove with the Comedie-Francaise. It was the most intense theatre experience in my lifetime! It was amazing and disturbing all at the same time and I am so glad I saw this incredible version.
Edifice Dance Theatre
Last weekend we had a group outing to the Cockpit Studios in NW1. One of our designers, Nathalie David, is a friend of Fabio Dolce who recently formed the dance troupe Edifice with Harriet Waghorn and Carmine de Amici. They performed a magnificent version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. We will keep you posted on further performances, so you can see for yourself. Nathalie had stepped in to help with the costumes, creating empowering and timeless looks to compliment the performance.
Image by Alfred George Bailey
Our Alumni - Maiko Takeda
If you’ve read my blog before, you know that we like to feature other designers in our shop. This month we are focusing on one of our Alumni. Maiko was part of our team whilst attending St Martins for her BA and then RCA for her Masters in Millinery. We always knew she was amazing and now she is proving this to the world with her creativity and vision. Her pieces have been worn by Bjork and received intentional praise and she is currently working for Issey Miyake accessories. It’s a pleasure to watch her shine.