We Talk All Things Ettinger, Personal Passions, Dancing & Love With Mr Robert Ettinger

We find our all about Robert Ettinger of British Luxury Leather Goods Label

We recently ran a fabulous Valentine’s Day competition with one of our favourite British leather goods companies, Ettinger who like us have a real commitment to creative design and high quality British craftsmanship and manufacturing.  We thought we’d catch up with the main man himself Mr Robert Ettinger to find out more about the Ettinger story, as well as personal passions, romance, dancing and love! … After all Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

For those who aren’t familiar with Ettinger, tell us a bit about your company?

My father, Gerry Ettinger, founded the company in 1934, he had set aside a budding film career to launch his own luxury gifts and leather goods company based on quality and innovation.  Today, nearly eighty five years later, our leather goods are sought out by discerning customers worldwide who appreciate the classic designs, superb quality and beautiful colours.

Gerry Ettinger - British Luxury Goods

How would you describe the Ettinger style?

The Ettinger style is bold with a distinctive use of colour, it also possesses a timeless elegance which endures as fashions fade and is as current today as it were in years gone by.

Ettinger British Luxury Goods label

How important is British manufacturing and craftsmanship to you?

It is something I am very passionate about.  Our factory in Walsall (just outside of Birmingham) is one of the oldest surviving leather goods factories, established in 1890.  Most of our workers have had relatives in the leather trade before them and many have started with us from the age of 16 and continue to work with us over 20 years later.  Today, an apprenticeship scheme aims to attract younger workers in order to revive this once flourishing industry and ensure specialist skills continue to pass down the generations.

Ettinger Proudest Moment - Royal Warrant

What has been the most exciting Ettinger moment to date?

It would have to be receiving the Royal Warrant from HRH the Prince of Wales in 1996.  Having a Royal Warrant is a great privilege and has certainly contributed to establishing Ettinger’s reputation as a quality leather goods brand around the world.  A Royal Warrant can be granted once a company has been supplying the Royal Household for at least 5 years on a regular basis, however the decision to grant a Royal Warrant rests entirely with the Royal Household.

Ettinger British Leather Luxury Goods

If you buy one Ettinger design it should be…

The black Bridle Hide Billfold, this is a classic Ettinger in its truest meaning. We started to produce black leather Bridle Hide wallets in the 1930s and this iconic piece has continuously been the best-selling product throughout the decades. The sleek black Bridle Hide exterior marries perfectly with the London Tan panel hide interior, creating a combination that is elegant with a fun surprise inside.

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Tell us one thing most people won’t know about you?

Probably my cycle touring exploits. I have ridden from Japan to Uruguay, through India, and around 57 Greek islands. Many of these trips have been taken with my wife.

What Stephen Einhorn design would you most like to receive?

The beautiful and quirky cufflinks, I adore the polar bears and the pipe. But really I would like to choose a gift for my wife, as there is bespoke jewellery available I would choose to make something with the team, something one off that no one else in the world has.

Stephen Einhorn Unique Cufflinks & Bespoke Jewellery

What is the most romantic thing you have done for someone or they have done for you?

That would have to be when I proposed to my wife Janie, we were sitting on a bench by the sea in Le Touquet in France.

touquet france

A song that gets me dancing is…

I still think the Rolling Stones just does it! If it had to be one song, then maybe Brown Sugar.

What would be your perfect Valentine’s Day date?

It would be a mix of outdoor exercise, a good bottle of wine and an excellent meal!

Love is…

Involuntary. The ancient Greeks called love the madness of the gods but what actually is love.. it means so many different things….

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Win Beautiful Valentine’s Day Gifts From Three British Luxury Brands

Win Luxury Valentine's Day Gifts From Stephen Einhorn, Ettinger & Wingfield Digby

Surprise that special person in your life with a shower of British luxury this Valentine’s Day. We’ve teamed up with two of our favourite companies – Ettinger and Wingfield Digby to offer you the chance to win a collection of beautiful gifts worth £979.

Stephen Einhorn 9ct Fairtrade Gold Hummingbird Charm

We are giving away one of our collectable solid 9ct Fairtrade gold Hummingbird charms. You will also win a collection of luxury jewellery boxes made by Ettinger as well as these stunning photo frames and coasters from Wingfield Digby. Go on… someone has to win, it may as well be you!

For details on how to enter, simply follow this link. For a second entry head to our Facebook page, look for the competition post and write a friend’s name who you would like to share this prize with in the comments box.

Stephen Einhorn 9ct Fairtrade Gold Humminbird Charm

The winner will be announced on 9th February, giving us plenty of time to get the prize delivered to you for Valentine’s Day.  Entries close midnight Thursday 8th February. Good luck!

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Men’s Style: Our Jewellery Designs In Candid Magazine’s Insomnia Shoot

Take a look at a collection of our jewellery in Candid Magazine’s ‘Insomnia’ shoot. The shoot features our Wolf ring, Medium Skull ring, large Arrowhead ring, Signet ring, Geo Enamel ring and large Skull and Crossbones necklace. Why sleep when your jewellery looks this good!

Stephen Einhorn Jewellery in Candid Magazine - Mens Style

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Mighty Women

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford - The Feud - Mighty Women

If you have watched Feud a fantastic series charting the antagonistic relationship between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, you will know that the story gives you an inkling of what these women were up against in order to forge their careers. The entertainment industry was much worse for women then, than it is now, and even now, it doesn’t seem to be that much better, but I’m only judging it as an outsider.

Watching The Golden Globes last week made me think of all the strong wonderful women who have come before those who won awards this week, and also all those who are coming in the future. I loved the sea of black clothes to support the Me Too campaign, but mostly I loved Natalie Portman who had the guts to say “And here are the three male nominees” when announcing the best director category. Interestingly the audience was shocked! Shocked really? It’s like, yes we ARE campaigning but not too loudly please Ladies there are men in the room.

I would urge you to follow a Facebook page called A Mighty Girl. It’s inspiring. They feature women from past and present who have really made a difference. Women you wouldn’t necessarily have heard of.

Margaret Mead was born in 1901. Mead, who was the most famous anthropologist in the world for much of the 20th century, is credited with popularizing the field of anthropology and introducing the public to the value of studying other cultures to gain insight into the human experience.

While we are at it, let’s try to wean our girls off the  ‘art of the selfie’ and try to encourage them to be proud of who they are and their wonderful brains instead of allowing them to grow up with the sole purpose of objectifying themselves and pleasing men, please?

Check out this wonderful women…

You will have heard her that’s for sure but you wouldn’t have known it. It’s incredible really that you HAVEN’T heard of her. Women in music is a subject very close to my heart. The music industry is as controlling and as sexist as any other industry and as ageist as the film industry. For this reason it’s even sweeter to see this women grooving away making hits without anyone telling her she’s too old to do it.

And lastly we have our very own mighty women right here at Stephen Einhorn. We are a company who employ strong independent and highly skilled women. We are very proud of that fact and very proud of them. If you see a photo of our workshop you will see that most of our jewellers are women. Yessireee!

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

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Win £1000 To Spend On Our Jewellery Collection

Win £1000 to spend on our luxury jewellery - Stephen Einhorn London

We hope you’ve had a magical holiday filled with friendship and love. And… as a little thank you for your continued support and in the spirit of the season we’re giving you the chance to win a rather fabulous £1,000 to spend with us. Start 2018 with a fantastic treat from us, what would you choose?

Simply follow this link to our competition page to enter and for an extra entry copy the link of your favourite Stephen Einhorn design from our website then head to our Facebook page and paste the link in the comments box below our competition post.

Entry deadline: 31st January 2018

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Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays From Stephen Einhorn

We’ve had a very exciting year here at Stephen Einhorn with our fabulous team working at full tilt. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our very highly valued customers for all your support throughout the year, and hope you will join us next year for what should be an eventful time one way or another! Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that everything works out for all in the New Year and that includes absolutely everyone.

We would also like to wish you all a Happy Christmas full of peace and joy. See you all in 2018.

Our London shop, workshop and offices are now closed for the holidays and we will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January. We will process your online orders and reply to all emails and phone messages on our return. Don’t forget that our returns period is extended until the 12th January 2018 for Christmas gift purchases made between 29th October and 23rd December 2017.

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Our Team Christmas Party – How to Win Against History

It’s nearly Christmas therefore it’s Christmas treat time!

This year we all went to The Young Vic to see How To Win Against History. A fantastic musical written by Seiriol Davies. It’s a great piece of theatre that won the Edinburgh 1st award and seems to get nothing but 4 and 5 star reviews. When you go to see it you can understand why!

The play is about Henry Cyril Paget The 5th marquess of Anglesey, a very eccentric individual. He inherited an incredible fortune that amounted to approximately £11.000000 a year which he managed to squander and ended up dying in penury when he was only 29 years old.

He married his cousin Lilian Florence Maud Chetwynd but they only managed to stay together for 6 weeks. She must have been very unworldly as to look at him and think there was a possibility that the marriage would actually function normally. A little clue for her may have been that the only time Henry wanted her to be naked was when he demanded she cover herself in his very extensive jewellery collection and was then made to sleep in it.

If I was being mean, I would say she does look a little vacuous…..

So Henry Cyril Paget spent his short life putting on ridiculously elaborate and expensive stage productions that no one really wanted to see. One of his many extravagances was to have the exhaust of his car doctored so that it smelt of perfume. His costumes were made with real diamonds and gold by Morris Angels. He was most likely  surrounded by an entourage who all ripped him off. “Your Marquessship you’ve dropped a diamond from your costume…….Oh well.”

His most famous dance was The Electric Butterfly dance. After his death his family who had now lost their entire fortune, due to him, tried to erase him from history by burning documents letters and photos.  So sadly there is very little documentation left to tell us who he really was. He died in Monte Carlo with his wife by his side after a long unspecified illness. There are only a few photos of him that were not destroyed.

Thanks to Seiriol Davies and the rest of the cast, Mathew Blake Dylan Townley and director Alex Swift Henry Cyril Paget 5th Marquess of Anglesey lives again!

We really enjoyed ourselves and the food is pretty good at The Young Vic too!

The show at The Young Vic is completely sold out but you may get lucky and get a return!

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For All Eternity

Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars.

Bette Davis in  Now Voyager

Eternity is a long time. Can you commit for an eternity? The idea is that your love is so great that hopefully you can and will. You commit for a lifetime of enduring love, joy, laughter, good times and sometimes bad. You also commit to care for that person whatever happens. And… if you are lucky and you believe in such things, you will float on for an eternity together ever afterwards.

Trinity Full Eternity Ring 18 Carat Yellow Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Stephen Einhorn Trinity Diamond Full Eternity Ring

The love that you give each other and that you leave behind with your family will live on. So how do you commemorate such a wonderful gift as having someone to love? Why, you give them an eternity ring! Man or woman, this ring stands for the gift of love given and recieved.

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity

Henry van Dyke

Slim Geo Elipse Eternity Ring 14 Carat Rose Gold & Diamonds - Stephen Einhorn London

Stephen Einhorn Slim Geo Elipse Diamond Eternity Ring.

Now we are seeing that customers are using our eternity ring range as wedding rings: this is a lovely symbolic gesture, after all this ring can be given any time so why not give it right from the start?

Stephen Einhorn_The making of the Geo Elipse Eternity Ring_Low_res

We’re also seeing that eternity rings are being given as milestone birthday presents and are being self purchased. So whether it’s love for a partner, a friend, a family member or a good old healthy dose of self-love an eternity ring is the perfect choice. A beautiful symbol of forever love.

Stephen Einhorn Micro Eternity Ring 14 Carat White Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Stephen Einhorn Diamond Micro Eternity Ring

Stephen Einhorn Palladium Eternity Ring - London Jeweller

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Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Trilogy Engagement Rings - London

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! All eyes are now on the three stone engagement ring that was designed by Prince Harry. How fantastic that the side stones were from Diana’s jewellery collection and the central stone from Botswana, the place where the loved up pair shared their first holiday away together.

And guess what? We can do that for you as well! Do you have a stone or stones of great familial importance or sentimental value? We can make them into a beautiful bespoke engagement ring for you, to have and to hold, forever. Don’t let Harry and Meghan have all the glory, us lay people can have it too! It’s great though, a mixed race fiancé who is also a divorcee. Go you Royal Family, becoming a family of the 21st century… we are all romantics here.

Be inspired by a collection of our previous bespoke engagement ring commissions and take a look at our newest Trinity three stone engagement ring here.

Trinity Trilogy 1ct Three Stone Engagement Ring Platinum & Brilliant Cut Certified Diamond HVS

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Why We Don’t Take Part In Black Friday & Never Have Sales

Stephen Einhorn London Luxury Jewellery Workshop - Islington Upper Street

We don’t take part in promotions such as ‘Black Friday’ and we never have sales. You will not pay full price for any of our jewellery designs only to find three weeks later the price has been reduced. Why? We are a British company making luxury jewellery here in London. Our workshops, design studio, enamelling studio and office are all behind our shop. We employ extremely skilled craftsmen and women who have honed their skills with years of practice. Those kinds of skills are dying out especially here in the UK. We believe in trying to keep those skills firmly here on our premises and we do all we can to promote them. These skills are not cheap to learn and they are not cheap to employ nor should they be. We believe in treating each and everyone of our employees with fairness and respect. This is why we don’t have sales. We don’t buy and sell, we design and handcraft using the highest quality materials.

Stephen Einhorn Tsarina Diamond Halo Ring Platinum & Brilliant Cut Tanzanite - London Engagement Rings
They say you don’t know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Well, you’ve walked miles and miles in yours, and how well do you know them? Where were they made? Who made them? Did the nimble fingers who hand-stitched the logo belong to someone under ten years old? Someone who worked an eight-hour day? Someone who is fairly paid? Someone with the right to join a union?

It’s hard to find these things out. Manufacturing of mass produced, every day goods remain a fairly closely guarded secret. And even when there is a flurry of interest, some broadsheet investigation, a programme or two, and we start to understand the price that someone else is paying for our trainers and our jeans, as consumers we continue to buy cheap, disposable clothes by the ton. But it doesn’t take an investigative journalist to work out that if we buy a cotton top for £1.99 someone’s not getting paid properly. The cotton has to be picked, spun, woven, dyed, cut, sewn, labelled, despatched and distributed. It’s true that these processes are for thousands of tops, in hundreds of countries, but even accounting for the reduction in price for multiple pieces, the price is not nearly enough.

Stephen Einhorn Talk to our Experts - London Luxury Jeweller Islington

The jewellery industry, sadly is no different. Unfortunately, ethics are no friend to profits. Once glorious, iconic, jewellery labels have stooped to mass production on a scale we are familiar with in clothing chains, for higher profit margins. Chief executives outsource to factories across the globe, turning a blind eye to the conditions, treatment, pay and age of the workers.

And we all know this is wrong. We know it is wrong to buy a top for £1.99. We know that a leather bag with piping and a sturdy lining should cost more than £12.99. We know it would be better to buy one piece of beautiful, ethically produced clothing per month for £50 than twelve and a half pieces for £3.99. It’s not enough to know, though, we have to care. But it’s hard. It’s more expensive, and despite the burgeoning ethical clothing market, there are still very limited choices for ethically produced clothes.

Fine jewellery is another matter. Buying a piece of high quality jewellery is not something we take lightly, not something most of us do once a month. It is more of a financial commitment, more special, each purchase more unique. Fine jewellery is never disposable, often outlasting the wearer to be passed on as heirloom and keepsake. It is easier for the consumer to pause and consider who made their rings and earrings and necklaces. And it should be easier for the trade to promote ethical working practices, to make sure their makers are well paid and happy. It should be easier and it should always be a priority, but for many jewellers, it just isn’t.

Stephen Einhorn Jewellery London - Ethical Luxury Jeweller Islington Upper Street

Find a jeweller who has an ethical policy, who makes a point of inspecting each and every premises where their pieces are made, who promotes good working hours, good pay, buys birthday cakes and birthday presents for their employees, who supports their local community rather than exploiting a foreign one, who is prepared to sacrifice bigger profit margins for the good treatment of nimble fingers. You’ll find the diamond ring on your finger will shine that little bit brighter. Still not convinced? Read Stephen Einhorn’s philosophy and company history, come into his shop and chat to his jewellers, ask the sales consultants in his shop what it is like to work for him.

When you buy a piece of Stephen Einhorn jewellery you are buying into a great tradition of craftsmanship. You’re buying a contemporary heirloom that has been designed to last a lifetime. This is why our designs are priced the way they are and this is why we will never take part in Black Friday or have sales.

Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Jewellery - Men's & Women's London

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