Choose independent design talent this Black Friday

3 MIN READ | by Notes Motley on Feb 9, 2021
3 MIN READ | by Notes Motley on Feb 9, 2021

Once a year, for one night only, we offer 20% off all of our exclusive collections with independent design talent. Here’s why it’s such a rare occasion.

365 days a year, we price fairly. 

We believe designers and makers should be paid properly. We also believe big flash sales are often an excuse for brands to hike up their prices (and incentivise impulse purchases).

We care about democratising good design – that’s why Motley was founded. By cutting out unnecessary add-on costs, we get to keep our prices fair year-round and pass on the savings to our customers.

We believe in making it once, and making it well. 

We don’t just look for the cheapest manufacturer, and fast fashion techniques aren’t for us. Instead, we work with master craftsmen in Turkey, Thailand and Italy, who use techniques that have created fine jewellery for centuries. We believe that if a designer has poured their heart into a design, no corners should be cut in the way it’s made. That costs a little more – but there’s enough ordinary jewellery out there, and we don’t want to add to it.

We bring independent design talent to more people through exclusive collaborations.   

We pay each designer we collaborate with a royalty fee on all their work in perpetuity, that’s far above the industry average (plus a design fee). We give them free rein over the design process and take care of production. This eliminates the risk designers would have to take if they worked at scale in affordable metals.

This year has been challenging for people in creative industries, and we’ve worked hard to shine a spotlight on the independent design talent that makes Motley. They get the credit and pay they deserve, and our customers get exceptional jewellery they wouldn’t find anywhere else. Win win.

Quality over quantity, always. 

We pick materials that will stand the test of time. Our designers create pieces you’ll love just as much five years down the line as you did the day you bought them, so it’s our job to make them last. Our gold-plated jewellery is all vermeil, which is a thicker, long-lasting plating technique that uses solid 925 sterling silver as a base. We never use brass. It means our jewellery is hypoallergenic, and it won’t turn your fingers green.

Remember that jewellery is for life, not just for Christmas. 

All of this means you’re not buying an ordinary piece of jewellery. You’re taking a stand for independent artists and investing in a piece of wearable art you can keep forever – and maybe pass on someday.

Explore Motley’s full collection here.

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