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Supporting British Craftsmanship


QEST Fundraiser

Our Co-Founder, Scott Simpson, in his role as Ambassador for The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) was pleased to support the charity with its first fundraising event at the V&A Museum, London. This exciting inaugural event took place in February 2016. The evening hosted by Viscount Linley, QEST Vice Patron, was a wonderful opportunity for the 250 guests to see the work of many QEST Scholars first hand and to raise funds to support similar talent over the many years it takes to create masters of their craft. Moët jeroboams, a dinner party cooked by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, a private tour of the McLaren Technology Centre and an outing on The Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana donated by Lord Sterling were among the lots under the gavel of Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades.

QEST Fundraiser at the V&A Museum, 2016

QEST Fundraiser at the V&A Museum, 2016

We look forward to this year’s event taking place on Thursday 2nd March 2017. This second fundraising dinner is to support QEST in its aim of sustaining British heritage through excellence in craftsmanship.

The V&A Museum, the world’s leading museum for art, design and craftsmanship has, once again, been chosen for the venue and 400 guests will be attending this celebration of British craft. Cocktails and Champagne will commence the evening in the stunning setting of The Dome and dinner will be held in The Raphael Gallery.

A range of QEST scholars from stonemasons to saddlers, stained glass makers to armourers and a host of other extraordinary craftspeople will be demonstrating their skills throughout the evening.

QEST Chairman Nick Crean with Vice Patron, Viscount Linley

QEST Chairman Nick Crean with Vice Patron, Viscount Linley

QEST Auction with Sabine Roemer and Hugh Edmeades

QEST Auction with Sabine Roemer and Hugh Edmeades







Scott Simpson and Lady Kitty Spencer

Scott Simpson and Lady Kitty Spencer

Support QEST

QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship.

The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since 1990 the Trust has awarded over £3 million to over 400 craftspeople aged between 17 and 58 for study, training and work experience.

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Celebrating British Craftsmanship

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This time last year, our Director, Scott Simpson, co-curated an exciting exhibition with David Linley. Here we take a look at the exhibition, ‘ A Celebration of British Design, Craftsmanship, Engineering and Innovation’. The exhibition was  held at the LINLEY … Continue reading

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The new Vivienne Westwood Spring / Summer 2015 collection has arrived at The Gift Atelier. The collection includes stylish handbags and purses from the chic Vivienne Westwood Opio Saffiano range including the new mini bucket bag available in black and … Continue reading


Goodbye Summer… Welcome Autumn!

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It’s an exciting time here as we prepare for the busy Autumn / Winter season. We are excited to welcome some more great brands to The Gift Atelier including Corgi Hosiery, Hackett London and The Cambridge Satchel Company. We also have new gifts arriving from some of our favourites including Barbara Coupe, Bamford Bath & Body, Linley and Vivienne Westwood. Watch this space for more exciting gift arrivals for Christmas!

We are particularly happy to launch the quintessentially British Men’s Accessory collection from Hackett London. We have selected a range of Hackett’s stylish men’s bags, wallets, cufflinks and soft accessories. The new AW’13 collection includes the Hackett Mayfair leather accessories – blending formal luxury, clean cut design and an iconic 1960 London style, as well as, a sleek black leather Aston Martin Racing collection of wallets.

The exclusive Hackett London “Prince of Wales Collection” of gentlemen’s accessories manufactured in the British Isles is also proudly offered at The Gift Atelier. The collection is in collaboration with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’ charity, The Prince’s Trust. The collection available at The Gift Atelier includes luxurious British wool and leather bags, British wool blankets and soft accessories and a collection of stylish leather wallets embossed with the classic Prince of Wales check pattern. 

The Cambridge Satchel Company has also just arrived. We have selected a range of handmade signature satchels that started a fashion craze. Lovingly handmade in the UK using quality leather, this classic design is available in a range of colours and sizes. Every satchel has an adjustable shoulder strap with nickel plated hardware. Colours available include classic black, navy blue, a vintage chesnut, and red as featured in Italian Vogue. A designer range’ of eye-catching two tone satchels featuring top handles and detailing in complimentary colours are also available including a striking oxblood and navy and classic chesnut and navy.

The super cute Vivienne Westwood & Melissa mini shoes have also just arrived here at TGA available in three colours with a striking tartan bow… So cute!

We will also be attending a number of gift events in the lead up to Christmas. Come to see us at The Spirit of Christmas at Olympia, London if you get the chance. The festive fair runs from 5 – 10 November 2013.


Watch this space for more exciting arrivals and news from the Team here at The Gift Atelier!

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Father’s Day Competition

Celebrate Father’s Day with an exclusive discount and competition to win a luxury £300.00 Gents hamper

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we have created our gift guide as well as launching a competition to celebrate Father’s Day on 16th June 2013

Use discount code BESTDAD to take advantage of this limited 15% offer on all purchases.

We have launched our personal selection gift guide for this Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June 2013 and a Father’s Day competition worth £300.

To celebrate the launch of their Father’s Day gift Guide, The Gift Atelier is offering
the chance to win a luxury Gents hamper worth £300.00. This unique prize is
suitable for any father and includes the winner’s choice of handmade tie from
Drakes of London, luxury leather wallet from Collett & Scott, cashmere scarf from Johnstons of Elgin and stylish leather wallets and cufflinks from Ettinger. To enter, simply ‘LIKE’ The Gift Atelier on Facebook by June 16th 2013 and we will randomly select a lucky winner.

We are also offering an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases made until
Father’s Day. Simply apply the discount code BESTDAD to your Shopping Basket.  Browse The Gift Atelier Father’s Day gift guide for more gift ideas.

Our gift selection includes a range of stylish gifts from a number of prestigious
British brands including handmade silk and cashmere ties from Drake’s of London an elegant collection of handmade sterling silver cufflinks and accessories from Deakin & Francis luxury fragrances from Czech & Speake and a stunning range of handcrafted accessories from the British luxury brand, Linley.

There is also a range of gifts from the English based brand, Collett & Scott. This stylish men’s accessories brand introduces a collection of men’s leather accessories instantly
recognisable for their classic look, luxurious leathers and elegant details and are all handmade using the finest leathers and available in a variety of finishes and colours.

Good Luck!

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Happy New Year from The Gift Atelier

Firstly, we want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to enjoy time with your family and friends. We spent the Christmas holidays in London but got time to get out to the countryside and enjoy some long walks with a few pit-stops to some lovely country pubs. If you are ever in West Sussex, there are some great traditional pubs serving some yummy food. Our favourites are The Fox Goes Free in Goodwood and The Royal Oak in Lavant. We also got to make the most of London and do all of the things we never seem to have time to do… Our highlights were some festive drinks at Claridges… they make a great cocktail called ‘James Bond in Moscow’… and this seemed the perfect tipple after we had seen ‘Skyfall’ for the second time – it’s a great film and Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are first-class. Don’t miss-it! Also, our friends at Tom Ford did an amazing job dressing Daniel Craig – epitomizing elegance and style. You can get the stylish Tom Ford Marko sunglasses worn by Bond in Skyfall from The Gift Atelier.   

We had a busy lead-up to Christmas – spending a week at The Spirit of Christmas fair at Olympia – which was a great opportunity to meet some of our customers and showcase some of the gift collection from The Gift Atelier. We shared a stand with the lovely Lily Gardner who creates some beautiful lace and pearl jewellery. Take a look at her website or visit her chic boutique in Chelsea Farmers Market if you are in the area.

We were also excited to welcome some amazing new brands to The Gift Atelier including LINLEY and GTO London.  The British design company, LINLEY, fits perfectly with our passion to celebrate British Craftmanship and has been added to our ‘Best of British’ gift category alongside other British brands including Bamford Bath & Body, Drakes of London, Ettinger, Johnstons Cashmere  and the iconic Vivienne Westwood. LINLEY has developed an international reputation for creating furniture and accessories that represent British craftsmanship at its very best. Our collection of LINLEY gifts includes a range of Union Flag accessories from stylish photo frames to cufflink and money boxes. We also offer a collection of smoking accessories and games sets.

GTO London has created a collection of leather accessories inspired by the components and interiors of some of the most iconic cars ever made including the Ferrari 250 GTO and the Dino 246 GT. Continuing with our love of classic cars we have also added some new sterling silver vintage steering wheel cufflinks – the perfect gift for any car enthusiast – complimented by our range of books celebrating cars.

Thank you to everyone’s support last year, it was our first full year of trading and we received some wonderful feedback and orders throughout the year! We have now launched our seasonal sale which will be running to the end of January. Don’t miss some great discounts on our range of jewellery and watches, stylish Tom Ford sunglasses and our collection of men’s and women’s accessories from Vivienne Westwood.

We are looking forward to the year ahead and to welcoming some more brands to The Gift Atelier. We will be adding some great names to our ‘Best of British’ gift selection as well as several iconic fashion names. Watch this space!

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New Arrivals at The Gift Atelier

It’s been a busy few weeks here at The Gift Atelier. We’ve just taken delivery of some stylish new accessories from the iconic British brand Vivienne Westwood, as well as adding a new ‘Baby’ gift section to the site.

We’ve also taken The Gift Atelier on the road to create a unique pop-up emporium at the ‘Boutique 24’ shopping event at the fabulous Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds. This was an event organised by the amazing team at Cheltenham Fashion week. The day event was a great success and gave us the opportunity to showcase our collection of gifts including Bamford Bath & Body, Drakes Ties, our own range of Collett & Scott wallets, Barbara Coupe cushions, as well as the new AW’12 collection of bags and small leather accessories from Vivienne Westwood.

The Billiard room at Cowley Manor was transformed into a Gift Atelier boutique for one day only. We were joined by many other great brands on the day which made Cowley Manor the ultimate shopping destination in the area. There was also an evening fundraising event to support the local charity, Hop, Skip & Jump who provide invaluable day care for children with special needs. It’s an amazing charity, so please take a look!

The new AW’12 Vivienne Westwood collection includes stylish and eye-catching bicoloured leather wallets for men and a luxury range of women’s bags and small leather accessories. One of our favourite new ranges is ‘Chelsea’ which includes bags and purses made from a beautifully soft calf leather and feature the iconic Vivienne Westwood orb logo in a raised embossing.

We are looking forward to taking delivery of more gifts and accessories in the lead-up to Christmas. Watch this space for new brands arriving at The Gift Atelier!

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Summer Style from The Gift Atelier

It’s been a while since we last blogged, and so much has happened since then. We’ve celebrated HM’s Diamond Jubilee – we were waving flags at the Thames pageant as we watched the wonderful procession of boats including HM The Queen, and we particularly enjoyed the concert at the Palace over the long Jubilee weekend! It made us all here at The Gift Atelier very proud to be British.

More recently, we were cheering on Team GB when the Olympics came to town… We were lucky enough to go to the rehearsals for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony which was fantastic – showcasing the best of London and Blighty! We also got to see the final day of the team Dressage at Greenwich Park – Team GB were amazing and we got to see them win gold on the day!

It’s also been holiday time here, and we’ve all managed to escape to sunnier climates whilst the rain has continued to pour down in London. With summer season upon us, we were really excited to launch the new SS12 Tom Ford collection of sunglasses as well as a stylish range of sandals from the Vivienne Westwood & Melissa collection. Take a look at our personal selection of summer must-haves from the Gift Atelier collection.

We have also launched our own range of ‘Collett & Scott’ gents wallets. All of these wallets have been made by hand by expert craftsman. The styles on offer now include a classic 8 card billfold wallet as well as a stylish zip-around wallet – all wallets are made using the finest leathers including a supple deerskin and a classic smooth calfskin. We will be adding new styles to the Collett & Scott collection later this year so watch this space to find out more!

We are now busy preparing to take delivery of new gifts for the AW12 season. We will be launching a selection of bags and small leather goods for ladies and gents from the iconic British fashion brand ‘Vivienne Westwood’ in September as well as many other new brands and collections that will make your one-stop gift shop destination this Christmas!



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20% off in honour of HM’s Diamond Jubilee

We’re getting in a patriotic mood here at The Gift Atelier and looking forward to celebrating HM’s Diamond Jubilee next weekend. We are hanging out the bunting and planning a weekend full of Jubilee parties and BBQ’s… if the weather holds up! We’re also excited about the Thames Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3rd June  It promises to be an amazing weekend and we have selected a small collection of patriotic inspired gifts for the occasion ranging from stylish hand embroidered Union Jack cushions to this glorious ‘God Save The Queen’ cushion We also have a range of statement piece sterling silver cufflinks for gents including stylish GB cufflinks cufflinks – all handmade in England.


To celebrate the event, we are offering a 20% discount on all purchases from now to the Jubilee. Use our exclusive discount code JUBILEEQUEEN at the checkout stage to take advantage of this limited offer. Ends on Tuesday 5th June 2012.


We hope you all enjoy the Diamond Jubilee as much as we do!

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Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Melissa summer 2012 footwear

Another exciting new arrival this week, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Melissa summer 2012 footwear.  We’ve opted for a small selection of the button sandals and heart flip-flops styles in a range of classic colours.

The Vivienne Westwood range is set to increase later in the summer with the arrival of wallets, purses, bags and accessories; all of which make the perfect gift.

It’s great to be able to stock such an iconic brand like Vivienne Westwood on the site and perfect for our Best of British focus.

Tom Ford last week, Vivienne Westwood this week… you might wonder ‘what’s next?’, the answer is ‘Collett and Scott’, the beginnings of our very own range; starting with an exclusive offer of leather wallets for men, in sumptuous deerskin and classic tonal colours.

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