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NU BLVCK AW '16 COLLECTION

NU Backpack + NU Clutch; NU Scarf
NU Backpack + NU Clutch; NU Scarf

The NU BLVCK Autumn Winter ’16 accessories collection is beautiful, modern and striking. Designed exclusively for NU BLVCK by emerging fashion designer Ruth Williams, AW ’16 is inspired by our heroine – the woman who lives in the city but loves to travel and discover what the world has to offer her. Each accessory is hand made to order by skilled artisans in the United Kingdom using the highest quality and local sourced materials.

NU Belt; NU Clutch
NU Belt; NU Clutch

THE NU BLVCK COLLECTION

NU BLVCK AW '16 Collection
NU BLVCK AW '16 Collection

Merging structured lines and shapes with comfort and practicality, the NU BLVCK collection features the NU Backpack, NU Clutch, NU Scarf and NU Belt. It also includes new rewards the NU Scarf Short, the NU Card Holder and NU Card Holder / Coin Purse.

The colour palette of black, green and grey reflects the cold, dark beauty of an Autumn / Winter day in the city.

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NU BACKPACK

NU Backpack (shown with NU Clutch) - Kickstarter Reward Price - £475 (RRP £700)
NU Backpack (shown with NU Clutch) - Kickstarter Reward Price - £475 (RRP £700)

Designed with stylish functionality and practicality in mind, with simple lines and shapes and an innovative, elasticated cross-over section at the front to hold a clutch, or another bag or piece of clothing. Hand made in the United Kingdom by award-winning leather artisan Sarah Williams.

DETAILS:

  • Available in BLACK. 
  • 'nu blvck' branding on leather. 
  • Made from vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (in black) sourced from the United Kingdom. 
  • Leather flap closure with gold finished brass magnets. Suede lining (in black) with internal zip pocket. 
  • Premium gold finished brass zip and buckles. 
  • Adjustable leather straps 65 - 85cm. 
  • Dimensions H 45cm W 28cm D 11cm.
NU Backpack - Kickstarter Reward Price - £400 (RRP £599)
NU Backpack - Kickstarter Reward Price - £400 (RRP £599)

NU SCARF

NU Scarf - Kickstarter Reward Price - £175 (RRP £200)
NU Scarf - Kickstarter Reward Price - £175 (RRP £200)

The NU Scarf is a soft comforting cable knit which will keep you warm on those Autumnal / Fall / Winter days. The scarf has a contemporary soft leather loop which is both stylish and practical. Hand knitted in Scotland by Di Gilpin.

DETAILS:

  • Available in BLACK/GREY or BLACK/GREEN. 
  • Made using hand spun lambswool and cashmere sourced from Scotland. 
  • Soft calf skin leather loop in black sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Hand knitted cable knit body (160cm x 20/24cm).
NU Scarf - Kickstarter Reward Price - £175 (RRP £200)
NU Scarf - Kickstarter Reward Price - £175 (RRP £200)

NEW REWARD! NU SCARF SHORT

The NU Scarf is now available in a shorter version! Using the same high quality lambswool and cashmere yarn, the NU Scarf Short is a lighter alternative to the NU Scarf. Designed for one wrap around the neck (instead of two) the NU Scarf Short is the perfect accessory for taking you from Autumn/Fall to Winter. With contemporary soft leather loop and hand knitted in Scotland by Di Gilpin.

DETAILS:

  • Available in BLACK/GREY or BLACK/GREEN. 
  • Made using hand spun lambswool and cashmere sourced from Scotland. 
  • Soft calf skin leather loop in black sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Hand knitted cable knit body (80cm x 24cm).
NU Scarf Short - Kickstarter Reward Price - £115 (RRP £150)
NU Scarf Short - Kickstarter Reward Price - £115 (RRP £150)

NU CLUTCH

NU Clutch - Kickstarter Reward Price - £140 (RRP £200)
NU Clutch - Kickstarter Reward Price - £140 (RRP £200)

The NU Clutch is a classic clutch bag. Designed to fit inside the cross-over section of the NU Backpack or used as a stand-alone stylish accessory. The NU Clutch is the perfect size for taking you from day to night. Handmade in the United Kingdom by award-winning leather artisan Sarah Williams.

DETAILS:

  • Available in GREY. 
  • 'nu blvck' branding on leather. 
  • Made using vegetable tan leather sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Gold finished brass magnetic fasters. 
  • Suede lining in black with internal pocket. 
  • Dimensions H 12cm W 19cm D 3cm.

NU BELT

NU Belt - Kickstarter Reward Price - £100 (RRP £140)
NU Belt - Kickstarter Reward Price - £100 (RRP £140)

The NU Belt is simple and stylish. This waist belt moulds to your body with an elasticated cross-over section at the front for added comfort. The NU Belt looks just as good worn with floaty dresses or over coats! Hand made in the United Kingdom by award-winning leather artisan Sarah Williams.

DETAILS:

  • Available in BLACK.
  • Made using vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (in black) sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Gold / brass studs to fasten belt at the back with three available sizes.
  • Available in small (UK size 8-10, US size 4-6; medium (UK size 10-12, US size 4-6); and large (UK size 12-14, US size 8-10).
  • Dimensions D 6cm.

ADDITIONAL REWARD

NU CARD HOLDER

NU Card Holder - Kickstarter Reward Price - £30
NU Card Holder - Kickstarter Reward Price - £30

The unisex NU CARD HOLDER is simple, stylish and fits easily into your pocket. A contemporary angled opening allows for easy access to your bank and/or business cards. Handmade in the United Kingdom by award-winning leather artisan Sarah Williams.

  • Available in BLACK or GREY. 
  • 'nu blvck' branding on leather. 
  • Made from vegetable tan leather sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Dimensions H 9.5cm W 7cm.

    NU CARD / COIN PURSE

NU Coin Purse - Kickstarter Reward Price - £40
NU Coin Purse - Kickstarter Reward Price - £40

A 'mini' version of the NU Clutch designed to hold bank cards and coins. Simple and stylish, the NU Card / Coin Purse will fit nicely into your handbag. Handmade in the United Kingdom by award-winning leather artisan Sarah Williams.

  • Available in BLACK or GREY. 
  • 'nu blvck' branding on leather. 
  • Made from vegetable tan leather sourced from the United Kingdom.
  • Leather flap closure with gold finished brass magnet. 
  • Dimensions H 8cm W 12cm D 1cm. 

THE DESIGNER 

Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams

One of the United Kingdom's most promising emerging designers, Ruth Williams sums up why we started this journey in the first place. Ruth is an award-winning fashion designer who has honed her craft at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland - ECA graduates being the winners of several awards at Graduate Fashion Week, London 2016. Ruth's designs captivated us when we were searching for our first designer to work with. Ruth understands who our customer is, she understands our vision and she's designed a collection of classic yet contemporary accessories with both in mind.

"It's a really exciting for me as a designer to have my designs brought to life! I feel strongly against how the fashion industry turns a blind eye to the awful conditions of garment workers and think that it is wonderful to be working with people actively changing the system and improving it."

THE ARTISANS 

DI GILPIN
Di Gilpin pictured in her studio in Scotland.
Di Gilpin pictured in her studio in Scotland.

From croft to couture, Di Gilpin's studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Di now works from her home in rural Scotland hand knitting everything from 70s-style trousers to trainers for the likes of leading international fashion designers and brands, Graeme Black, Meadham Kirchhoff and Nike. And now your NU BLVCK scarf!

SARAH WILLIAMS

Sarah Williams pictured making the NU Backpack.
Sarah Williams pictured making the NU Backpack.

The NU BLVCK leather work is hand made by Sarah Williams, an award winning designer and maker based in Leominster, England. The making process is extremely labour intensive with each piece of leather being cut by hand and constructed individually using traditional techniques, while maintaining the highest level of quality.

FASHION'S NEW MODEL

Our campaign isn’t just about our accessories collection though - NU BLVCK is also changing the business model for fashion. The NU BLVCK model connects our customers with emerging designers and artisans from around the world. We cut out the many layers of the traditional retail model and offer complete transparency to our customers, who follow the creative journey from design to hand made production of our beautiful, limited edition accessories.

On our innovative new e-commerce platform, we preview each limited edition accessories collection with our customers who have signed up to be part of our growing NU BLVCK community (see REWARD 1). This community provides us with real time feedback (in sales) on each item before they go to our artisans for production in limited quantities (we'll only ever produce our accessories in small batches). Why have we chosen our unusual business model? Because we want to keep our customers engaged / interested in new, exciting collections without going down the fast fashion model route. We only want to work with skilled artisans / makers who produce in small batches, helping to preserve craftsmanship that may otherwise be lost. And because we want to reduce waste in the supply chain. We think our model will bring our customers closer to the designers and artisans we work with, making them feel part of the journey from design to delivery of their beautiful, limited edition accessory.

OUR STORY

We're Becca and Andrew and we bonded over our desire to build a fashion business for good. To celebrate artistry, craftsmanship and design. To work with people who have a great love and passion for what they do; from the designer, to the maker; from us, to you. And to only sell things that mean something to our customers. We chose accessories because we want to encourage people to use them to reimagine their clothes; to reinvent their look; and to have fun.

We already have the support of the design community in Scotland; the expert artisans we're working with in the United Kingdom; and a growing following of customers who love our accessories and believe in our new model for fashion.

BLVCK IS THE NU BLACK

The 'V' in BLVCK is for values. We believe in:

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We now need your help to:

  • Put our first accessories collection into production. Be one of the first to own a NU BLVCK accessory! 
  • Build a dynamic e-commerice platform which will change the way people shop. 
  • Curate future collections of accessories. 
  • Share our Kickstarter campaign via the social media share buttons.
  • Visit www.nublvck.com and join our mailing list, like our Facebook, Instagram and follow us on Twitter. #backnublvck #nublvck

The sooner you back us, the sooner we can change the fashion industry for the better.

PROJECT TIMELINES

WITH THANKS TO...

COLLABORATORS
NU BLVCK is all about collaboration - together designers, artisans and ourselves, bring you limited edition, high quality, handmade accessories.
  • Ruth Williams - Designer 
  • Di Gilpin – Hand Knit Designer / Maker 
  • Sarah Williams – Artisan Leather Maker 
  • Caroline Marr - Artisan Leather Maker 
SHORT FILM CREDITS 
Pretend Lovers – Gabrielle Ginns & Ross Gillespie
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS 
  • Model: Kirstin Gribbin
  • Stylists: I'll Be Your Mirror 
  • Photography: Kris Kesiak 
  • Hair: Emma Diamond 
  • Make Up: Colette Murphy 
Clothes by: 
  • Hannah Louise Baxter 
  • Barbara Kolaskinski 
  • Elizabeth Martin Tweed 
  • Luella 
  • Dr Martins 
ENABLERS 
Sometimes people just help you out, for helpings sake! Thanks to the below who’ve gone the extra mile to help us bring this project to life. 
  • INSTRMNT 
  • Araminta Campbell 
  • Jaki Love 
  • Danny Cusick 
  • Fiona Chauttard 
  • Stuart and Kirsty from 'I'll Be Your Mirror'

Risks and challenges

Every project has its risks and challenges but for the past four months we've been working tirelessly to mitigate them.

We've been working closely with some of the best artisans in Britain who will hand make your products to order. Each is aware of the timescales we are working to, the standards we expect, and are fully behind our brand and all that it stands for.

The artisans we are working with were hand picked by us for the quality of the products they produce and that fact that their values reflect ours. Above all else they are extremely proud of their work and passionate about what they do. Our co-founders will personally check each product before we hand package and post it to you, wherever in the world you may be. 

Our backgrounds in law and accountancy mean that we understand the importance of delivering excellent customer service and communicating any hiccups that we may encounter along the way. Transparency is at the heart of everything we do.

We are two people that have dared to dream; trust in us and in our dream. Join us on this journey.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    NU BLVCK Community

    Thanks for backing NU BLVCK and for supporting a new model for fashion! You're now part of the NU BLVCK Community and will receive the following:

    • Exclusive previews of future accessories collections.
    • An invite to the launch of our next collection.
    • Regular exclusive updates from NU BLVCK and an opportunity to buy from future collections before anyone else.
    • An air kiss from our co-founders and a 'thank you' on a special page on our website.

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    NU Card Holder

    A simple and stylish card holder in BLACK or GREY. Hand made using high quality vegetable tan leather.

    You'll also receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

    Please note that the NU Card Holder is a Reward additional to the NU Collection.

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    NU Card / Coin Purse

    A simple and stylish card / coin purse in BLACK or GREY. Hand made using high quality vegetable tan leather.

    You'll also receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

    Please note that the NU Card / Coin Purse is a Reward additional to the NU Collection.

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    NU Belt

    GOOD CHOICE! The NU Belt in BLACK is a classic waist belt with a twist. Hand made using high quality vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (also in BLACK). 30% off RRP by pre-ordering through Kickstarter and only 100 available EVER.

    You'll receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    NU Scarf Short

    The NU Scarf Short is available in BLACK/GREY or BLACK/GREEN (choose your preferred colour combination after our campaign ends). Hand knitted in Scotland using high quality lambswool & cashmere with hand made soft leather loop. Saving 23% off RRP by pre-ordering through Kickstarter. Only 75 of each colour combination available EVER!

    You'll receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    Pledge £140 or more About $181

    NU Clutch

    CONGRATULATIONS! You're now the proud owner of a NU Clutch in GREY. Hand made using high quality vegetable tan leather. Saving 25% off RRP by pre-ordering through Kickstarter. Limited availability.

    You'll receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    NU Scarf

    One of our FAVOURITES! THE NU Scarf is available in BLACK/GREY or BLACK/GREEN (choose your preferred colour combination after our campaign ends). Hand knitted in Scotland using high quality lambswool & cashmere with hand made soft leather loop. Saving 15% off RRP by pre-ordering through Kickstarter. Only 75 of each colour combination available EVER!

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    NU Backpack (EARLY BIRD OFFER)

    You're backing NU BLVCK early - smart move! Your reward? The beautiful NU Backpack in BLACK at 38% off RRP. Hand made in the UK using high quality vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (also in BLACK).

    You'll receive automatic entry to the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    NU Backpack

    THANKS for backing NU BLVCK! You're now the proud owner of the beautiful NU Backpack in BLACK. 33% off RRP. Hand made in the UK using high quality vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (also in BLACK).

    You'll receive automatic entry to the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    NU Backpack & NU Clutch

    EXCELLENT CHOICE! The NU Backpack & NU Clutch are made for each other. Quite literally. The backpack is available in BLACK and the clutch in GREY. Hand made in the UK using high quality vegetable tan leather and premium elastic (also in BLACK). 33% off RRP if bought together.

    You'll receive automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

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    Accessory Assortment (EARLY BIRD OFFER)

    You've chosen to mix it up a little - we like your style! The Accessory Assortment includes the following:

    • Any THREE accessories from the NU Collection.
    • Automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

    Choose your preferred accessories (and colour combination if you pick the NU Scarf) after our campaign ends.

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    NU Collection

    WOW! You love the NU Collection. And we love you for backing NU BLVCK and for supporting a new model for fashion!

    You'll receive the following:

    • NU Belt in BLACK (S, M & L sizes available).
    • NU Clutch in GREY.
    • NU Scarf in either colour combination (BLACK/GREY or BLACK/GREEN).
    • NU Backpack in BLACK.
    • A limited edition print (A4 size) of Ruth's original designs for the NU Collection, framed and signed by Ruth.
    • Automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

    * Saving 30% off (equates to £290) if bought as the full collection*

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    NU BLVCK Experience

    The ultimate NU BLVCK fashion experience! Enjoy a day in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, with the co-founders of NU BLVCK, Becca & Andrew. You'll receive the following:

    • The full NU Collection (NU Scarf in either colour combination).
    • Lunch with Becca & Andrew at one of the city's most stylish eateries.
    • A tour of Edinburgh with the designer of the NU Collection, Ruth Williams. Learn all about the city that inspired her designs!
    • An afternoon with hand knitter to the *stars* Di Gilpin in her studio in rural Scotland;
    • A limited edition print (A4 size) of Ruth's original designs for the NU Collection, framed and signed by Ruth.
    • Automatic entry into the NU BLVCK Community (see Reward 1).

    Accommodation and travel to / from Edinburgh, Scotland not included.

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