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Milliner of the moment designs

brooch for Brain Tumour Research

Blending chic, fun and pop aesthetics, the new brooch

for charity Brain Tumour Research has been designed by

cutting-edge milliner Piers Atkinson. Sitting on the knife

edge between classic sophistication and outré wit, Piers

has produced headpieces from his east London studio for

fashion icons from Beyoncé to Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga

to Helena Bonham Carter.

Just 500 of the collector’s edition enamel brooches

have been produced for the charity’s Wear a Hat Day, the

annual culmination of national Brain Tumour Awareness

month. On 31


March, thousands of people in schools,

universities and workplaces across the country will don

beanies and boaters, top hats and trilbies, fascinators and

fedoras, supporting Brain Tumour Research.

Piers Atkinson, who has a close friend with a brain tumour, said, “Having learned

more about this devastating disease and the need for increased research to get closer

to a cure, I’m so pleased to have contributed in this way. I hope everyone who wears

this brooch enjoys the comments of friends and strangers and is happy to explain with

pride that they wear it to support Brain Tumour Research.”

To buy your exclusive brooch, or find out more, go to


New Beginnings at

Gecko Jewellery

For Gecko this year’s Jewellery & Watch show

Birmingham was predominately about its

extensive silver jewellery collections and the

company has announced that it’s delighted with

the level of orders it received.

The company used the show to launch its

newly updated and much expanded ‘Beginnings’

Collection. “We made a conscious decision to

display much more of this collection than usual

and I think retailers were surprised to see just

how comprehensive it is. All the new designs,

especially the larger pieces and the new earring

and pendant sets, were extremely well received,”

says Gecko’s Creative Director, Desiree Pringle.

Other highlights this year were the new

additions to Gecko’s Fred Bennett collection

for men, where the expanded accessory range –

especially the sleek brown leather wallets – also

sold well.

There was genuine enthusiasm too for the

new D for Diamonds designs.This collection

of jewellery for children has been broadened to

reach out to the lucrative baby-shower market.

New adult designs for Mums and Mums-to-be,

which include boy and girl pendants with tags

to allow personalisation, clearly connected with

many shoppers.

For more information on Gecko’s various

jewelllery collections, visit the company’s



The GA is pleased to announce the launch

of its new website.The goal with the new

website is to provide visitors with an easier

way to learn about the Giftware Association,

about what it does and how it can help your

business thrive. But also to coincide with

the company’s new branding it has created a

more colourful and responsive website which

directly reflects the business that we’re all in –

gift – it’s now bright and easily approachable.

Sarah Ward, Chief Executive of the GA

stated, “The need for a new website was

paramount and we have worked hard into

which website designs work best and are easy

to navigate, as we continually aim to be the

first point of call when you need help.The

way the website is designed allows you to see a snapshot of what we can offer you.

I have already had many compliments from members and potential members from

the shows that we have visited. Having the website fully mobile optimised has also

made it easier to show people want we do and compliments out app too.”

You can visit the website at