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The British are coming, the British are coming! Ok, so not exactly. But Jo Hayes Ward, who is from Britain, IS coming to Max’s for her very first trip to the store (and to Minneapolis)! Jo’s work is recognized for its intricate, architectural aesthetic and is really unique and highly contemporary and – well – just very cool. When I first met Jo a couple of years ago, I know instantly that her jewelry had to be at Max’s because it was so beautiful and different from anything I had seen before. She is part of the Rock Vault, a program run by the British Fashion Council, aimed at highlighting a select group of Britain’s most innovate jewelry designers. I’m so excited to have her in the store because, in addition to making stunning jewelry, she is an absolute delight.
Keeping with the British theme, we’ll be enjoying a bit of the “High Tea” tradition during the trunk show, complete with chocolate sampling featuring the chocolates of British chocolatier Willie’s Cacao. I first became aware of Willie’s chocolates a couple of years ago and, when it was finally possible to import them from the UK, I jumped at the chance. I’m a purist when it comes to chocolate — the less that’s in it the better — and Willie’s is straight up cacao and sugar (except for the bars that have delicious pairings/inclusions like ginger and lime). You can read more about Willie’s Cacao here — and Willie’s story is both fascinating and educational. Yes, there really is a Willie!
The trunk show is Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6 and Jo and I are both hoping to see you. Cheers!
That calendar-marked day of love is approaching! Now I know that some (and maybe a lot, but I hope it’s not most) of you are anti-Valentine’s Day, feeling that it’s nothing but a marketing ploy by greeting card and candy manufacturers. Not wanting to mix holiday metaphors, I say bah-humbug to that. While it’s true that we shouldn’t need reminders to say “I love you” to those we do in fact love, and that giving a “just because” gift once in while is genuine and truly the best, I have no problem with a forced reminder (and that is not because Max’s is a jewelry and chocolate boutique!) to take a minute to celebrate those we love.
Ok, disclaimer finished. Because we ARE a jewelry and chocolate boutique, and because Valentine’s Day IS a day known for giving such gifts, we thought we’d put together some ideas for you to get the gift giving juices going! So, in the spirit of the season, here is a little gift guide filled with some things that we love as gift ideas for the day of love!
A friend of mine recently introduced me to the word and concept of hygge. Given the artic blast of cold that has descended upon us the last couple of days, I’ve found myself thinking quite a bit about this. Hygge is a Danish concept and, as described on the website www.visitdenmark.com, “Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.” Pretty nice, huh?
All of a sudden, the cold doesn’t feel that bad anymore, as images of sitting in front of the fireplace drinking some fabulous wine (and, of course, I’ll be eating chocolate too) with your sweetie and great friends create a feeling of warmth. I like it — I’ve always wanted to go to Denmark – and now I’m even more tempted! While we don’t have a fireplace here in the store (oh, but now wouldn’t it be so cool if we did), we do have wonderful candles from Graham + Kane. I love these candles – not just because they smell divine, but I so appreciate the attention to detail that has gone into every aspect of them. How fitting, in the spirit of hygge, that the candle line is called Peace, with each candle (No. One, No. Two and No. Three) having individual statements about peace. This is a picture of Peace Three – perhaps the guys at Graham + Kane have heard about hygge before.
Tick, tock – no pressure here, but just a friendly reminder that our semi-annual sale is winding down. Yep, the unsold items go back in the safe at the end of the day on Saturday. Select items are marked down between 30-80% off of the original price, so I’m thinking it may be worth a trip over to see if there’s anything with your name on it. As a bonus, you’ll see some new things in our cases too!