Spotlight: Nikki Gewirtz, Founder of Lola Rose Jewellery

Nikki Gewirtz, the founder of Lola Rose Jewellery, has come a long way from her humble beginnings, hand-making jewellery at the kitchen table of her north London flat. One of Nikki’s first pieces — the ‘Tumble’ bracelet with strings of precious stone beads threaded onto silk chord — was an instant hit, quickly propelled by a […]

Spotlight: Claire Vero, Founder of Aurelia Skincare

Claire Vero founded the award-winning British brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare in 2013 following a successful nine-year career at global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. In pursuit of a new challenge, she quit the corporate world to follow her dream of creating a natural yet scientifically proven skincare range. Her products, which are infused with luxurious essential oils […]

Meet the Team: Alina Dheere Babaletsos

Part Greek, Belgian and Cypriot, Alina Dheere Babaletsos, has a background as impressive as her range of skills. A McQueens florist for over three years, Alina takes care of the weekly flowers and floral installations at some of London’s top restaurants and hotels. In her spare time, she combines the world of flowers with her […]

Spotlight: Gail Jones, Starkeys Lane

From her studio in rural Buckinghamshire, artist and illustrator, Gail Jones, founded Starkeys Lane — the creative hub of her beautiful artwork, illustration and luxury stationery. Her range of thoughtfully designed and delicately illustrated work has captured the hearts of many, with her recent Botanical Alphabet range, painted in watercolour, now available on Not on the High Street. […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Eleanor Taylor

A world of mystery and intrigue, surrealism and dream-like scenes await visitors to @eleanorsvisions, the captivating Instagram account of award-winning UK artist, Eleanor Taylor. An MA graduate of the Royal College of Art — now represented by international Illustration agency, Heart — Eleanor creates her atmospheric and uniquely imaginative illustrations from her home in Hastings […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Botanicaetcetera

In a world of ever more online activity, it’s perhaps no wonder that we’re increasingly turning towards those with a discerning eye to help sort the wheat from the chaff. In her own words, the curated feed of Maggie Sheperd, Botanicaetcetera, features “images from the natural world created by talented florists and artists.” And yet, it’s […]

Spotlight: Rachel Cecil Gurney of de Gournay

Invited into the spotlight today is Rachel Cecil Gurney, a woman for whom a passion for unique artefacts, antiques and luxurious artisan textiles was inspired by a childhood surrounded by beauty, art and intrigue. The daughter of an entrepreneur, Claud Cecil Gurney, who founded their family business, de Gournay, over 30 years ago, Rachel now co-directs the luxury textile […]

Life in Death: Rebecca Louise Law

Best known for her international installation artwork created with natural materials – flowers – Rebecca Louise Law’s most intricate large-scale artwork to date, Life in Death, is currently showing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She talks about her art, her influences – and her time spent at McQueens.  Rebecca, you grew up surrounded by […]

Spotlight: Master Sugar Flower Artist, Robert Haynes

As florists, we like to think we’re rather adept at spotting the real thing when it comes to flowers, and of course, in most scenarios, that would be correct. The sugar-based creations of Robert Haynes, on the other hand, are so extraordinarily lifelike you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t beguiled by their delicate […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Bodil Jane

At just 27, Amsterdam-born illustrator, Bodil Jane, is blazing her way through the contemporary scene with her colourful and innovative depictions of people, animals, food, fashion, interiors, plants and (among other things) maps. Aside from her extraordinary talent, of course, it’s Bodil Jane’s striking eye for colour and passion for florals and botanical patterns that […]