Monday, 18 February 2013

Jewel Purpose at Victoria Quarter

Jewel Purpose at Victoria Quarter

As a Leeds-based family business, Phillip Stoner were excited to discover local jewellery designer Andrew Geoghegan’s spectacular jewellery;  a must have to sit alongside their own bespoke and unique jewellery ranges.
Trained in the University of Central Lancashire in three dimensional design, Andrew’s love of metal manipulation can be traced back to his school days in Leeds, where he relished time in the metal workshops forging, melting and twisting metals.
Andrew Geoghegan does not come from a traditional jewellery background and this has certainly worked in his favour, especially when in talks with forward-thinking jewellers, such as Phillip Stoner. Looking at his designs, you begin to understand that he feels much less constricted than others in the same craft, testament to his design background. His absolute fascination with stone setting means he sources and works with some of the very best setters in the world. Nothing is presented publically until it is perfect, with the techniques and tools available pushed to the limit on each individual piece.
Each of his meticulously designed pieces are approached from a ‘micro engineering’ perspective. His Reveal ring is a perfect example of this; small diamonds are meticulously set in the panel behind the main stone. This feat of goldsmithing ingenuity is accomplished with traditional and state of the art techniques and, as with all his ring designs, is set to be an heirloom of the future.
As Andrew says, “I see each jewellery creation as a sculpture where each view of the piece must be considered, balanced and beautiful.”
VQ Centre Director, John Bade commented, “VQ’s independent stores are an integral part of its appeal, and this is a great example of a local retailer supporting another local business to the benefit of both. With retailing becoming ever more homogenised these days, for a store to offer products that are genuinely exclusive and not widely available elsewhere adds a significant point of difference. Something I’m sure is an increasingly important contributing factor in where consumers shop.”
You can see Andrew Geoghegan’s stunning jewellery collections exclusively at Phillip Stoner the Jewellers in County Arcade, Victoria Quarter or visit for more details.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Winning Ways at VQ

Winning Ways at VQ
The winner of this year’s VQ Valentine’s Competition was Emma Green, who scooped £300 in VQ Shopping Vouchers, Afternoon Tea for Two at Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Restaurant and a box of luxury chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker, ensuring she and husband Steve, who works in IT and is currently in training with the RAF Reserves, will have a real day to remember.
Emma, who works as an ATC Assistant at Leeds Bradford Airport said, “This was such a surprise. I’ve entered a few VQ competitions before but this is the first time I’ve ever actually won one. I’ll certainly be entering VQ competitions regularly from now on!”
The Valentine’s competition was run via the VQ website and social media pages and received a record 3,100 entries. The next competition will be in the Spring/Summer edition of VQ Magazine, published 22nd April, so be sure to pick up a copy then.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

February Fizz at Harvey Nichols 4th Floor

February Fizz at Harvey Nichols 4th Floor
This February, join Harvey Nichols at the Fourth Floor Café to enjoy three courses and a glass of Harvey Nichols Champagne for £23 when you dine from their special set menu
Available only for a limited time, Tuesday – Saturday evenings throughout February
Book now to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to make a reservation please call 0113 204 8000 or email

The Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Lunch Club

The Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Lunch Club
New to Harvey Nichols Leeds is the Fourth Floor Lunch Club.
Dine from their exclusive lunchtime ‘Lunch Club’ menu and enjoy 3 courses for £15. The perfect pit-stop from a day out shopping, or alternatively a great excuse for a long and leisurely lunch.
The Fourth Floor Lunch Club is available Monday to Saturday.
Booking is essential and terms and conditions apply.
For more information or to make reservations please call 0113 204 8000 or email

The Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show

Tickets are now on sale for the exclusive Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show at Harvey Nichols Leeds. Featuring key looks for the new season, the glamorous show will take place on Tuesday 5 March in the iconic Victoria Quarter.

Season upon season, the Harvey Nichols Leeds runway show is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events in the region attended by some of Yorkshire’s elite including the fashion press and the North’s most stylish.

Tickets holders will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception before being seated beneath the stunning glass ceiling of Leeds’ most exclusive shopping destination.

Guests attending the event will be treated to a feast for the eyes with the show’s production encompassing an amalgamation of coloured lighting, metallic textures and reflective rays.

With brands such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and Mary Katrantzou taking to the catwalk, this year’s event will also be a showcase of some of Harvey Nichols’ ‘new breed’ labels including Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs and J Brand.

Hair styling will be provided by the award winning Russell Eaton hair salon and makeup by international favourites MAC. 

Organisers have promised guests a catwalk extravaganza keeping Leeds and Yorkshire on the map as the fashion capital of the North.

Harvey Nichols’ Leeds Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show will take place on Tuesday 5 March. Tickets cost £15 and are available to purchase in store or online

Show times are 7.30pm with a later show starting at 8.30pm.

For more information please contact Stephanie Mensah, Press and Marketing Manager for Harvey Nichols Leeds

RAG Fashion Show Wrap Party at Harvey Nichols

RAG Fashion Show Wrap Party
Join Harvey Nichols for the wrap party for the Leeds Rag Fashion Show – an exclusive shopping party with complimentary drinks, treats, special offers plus fashion and beauty tips.
Enjoy live DJs and 10% Discount on the night*
To attend, simply turn up on the evening with your NUS card
Harvey Nichols Leeds
Tuesday 26 February

* 10% Discount applies when making purchases in Harvey Nichols Leeds with a valid student/NUS card on Tuesday 26 February 2013 between 6pm-9pm. Discount is not applicable in Harvey Nichols Foodmarket, Wine Shop, Fourth Floor Café and Bar, Espresso Bar and Yo! Sushi. Discount is not available on Beauty and Perfumery, Lifestyle and Continuity products. Discount also not applicable in selected areas or in conjunction with other discounts or offers.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Exclusive Collection for Victoria Quarter Store

Exclusive Collection for Victoria Quarter Store
Victoria Quarter’s L.K.Bennett store has announced that it will be the only one of the brand’s Yorkshire-based outlets to carry an exclusive capsule collection by London designer Caroline Issa.
The limited edition collection features statement sandals, ankle-strap stilettos, shoe boots, the kitten heel, and a loafer as well as catch-me-if-you can clutches. Hot, neon Thai-inspired embroidery puffs out in captivating pinks, oranges, greens, yellows and reds based on a background of natural or black canvas and leather. Delicate and striking oriental flowers and zig-zags welcome in the spring season with swing-tag pom-poms showing the way to breezy, easy summer-time glamour.
Caroline Issa, a consultant to L.K.Bennett London, has worked closely with the footwear and accessories design team to create a collection inspired by her trips to Thailand:
“I was excited to work on a capsule shoe collection with L.K. Bennett” said Caroline. “They are a brand I admire for their craftsmanship and fantastic value. My style philosophy has always been about letting your shoes do the talking - so I tend to dress with shoes as the starting point. I worked with their brilliant design team to dream up shoes I'd have fun wearing this coming spring and thought their quintessentially British take on an exotic inspiration would be a fabulous combination, and I'm so pleased with how they came out. With this capsule collection, the shoes will complete any office or cocktail outfit in seconds and, as a bonus, I'll just have to look down at my feet to be transported onto the beaches of Thailand!"
VQ Centre Director, John Bade added, “L.K.Bennett have been a firm favourite in VQ since they opened, so it’s particularly pleasing to hear that this store will be one of only a select few that will be featuring this collection. In an ever more competitive marketplace, exclusive collections such as this are an excellent way of attracting customers and provide significant point of difference.”

The full collection will be revealed closer to launch time and will be priced from £245 (shoes) and £275 (bags), and will be available from Tuesday 19th February.
13 – 15, King Edward Street
Victoria Quarter
Tel: 0113 244 4770