I first met Stu from BNVVT three and half years ago over a few Bintangs & a sunset down at our local Berawa beach in Bali. We instantly bonded over our shared experiences of moving to the island to design & launch e-commerce businesses.... and the ups & downs that this brought!
Our Bintang sessions quickly became a regular occurrence and the rest is history. Stu is one talented man who creates some beautiful leather products (that I only wish I could look as stylish pulling them off!) An avid believer in daily balance, we recently sat down with Stu to hear more about building his Leather Accessories empire on the island of Bali...
LLR: We heard you used to be in banking…What inspired you to make the jump & start a Men’s Leather Bag company, based in Bali?!
I worked in Financial Advice at a bank, I was lucky enough to take advantage of some time out and do some traveling. Whilst I was on the road I was reading the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and a lot of the ideas in the book resonated with me. In short I wanted to live more. Bali and the leather business just seemed the natural choice for that.
LLR: Can you talk us through a day in the life of BNVVT on the island?
Wake Up, go check the surf, if it's looking inviting, go for a paddle if not, I will normally go for a swim. From there home, shower, fire the laptop up, put the coffee on and go through what needs to be done for the day. Usually there is mixture of house keeping, fulfilling orders and overseeing production. Lunch I try and catch up with a friend, then more running around. In the afternoon, if time permits, maybe another beach check. Dinner I have started to try and cook a little more so maybe try and scratch something together. During the week, I try and keep a pretty solid routine.
LLR: Where does the inspiration for your designs come from?
TRAVEL!!!! I make bags so people can get out there and see the world, hopefully in a way they find enriching. I would like to think that my bags look just as at home in the hustle and bustle of the city or as off the beaten track as you can get.
LLR: Where was the last place you went on holiday & what did you do there?
I popped over to Lombok for a weekend recently, it was great! The natural beauty is pretty spectacular. Beaches, bays and brilliant green hills. As this was my first time there, we just hired a scooter and went exploring.
LLR: What can you not travel without?
I would like to say nothing, but that’s not really convincing. Passport and wallet are really the only essentials, if I forget something or don’t bring it, it can always be replaced or make do. What I always like to travel with are audio books and good podcasts, they are my favourite way to pass the time.
LLR: Last but not least, what is one piece of advice you can give to someone thinking of starting their own label?
If it is something you think you want to do then get out there and do it. Carpe Diem, etc. What I would say is do what makes you happy and give it your all.
Amen to that Stuey! You can see all his epic designs on his website via the link
WEBSITE - http://bnvvt.com/
INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/bnvvt/
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As much as I would love to take credit for this delicious morsel of goodness I'm about to share with you, I can not. This recipe was sent to me from a friend as I begun a journey of ridding Gluten from my life.... and this guy has been an absolute saviour! For when you CBF cooking, for when you just want 'toast' for dinner, for when you're fighting every craving for a hearty 'carb-a-liscious' meal when your GF and for when you just want to wake up and not eat cereal. Introducing to you, what has deemed to be named 'Life-Changing' Loaf...
Gold mining is a practice that has been around for decades. It has helped us create the most beautiful pieces of jewellery, before we realized the impact it has on the environment. We’ve seen itravage landscapes, contaminate water supplies, and contribute to the destruction of vital ecosystems.
As we put sustainability at the core of our brand, it is a no-brainer for us that Luna & Rose needs to be created in a closed-loop production. But while we’re at it, what exactly is a closed-loop production? To put it simply, it means that everything we produce comes back to us in order to be re-used, one way or another. In that sense,we source recycled Sterling Silver that has been extracted from old electronics, phones and jewellery and then purified and brought back to its original perfect form -shiny Sterling Silver.
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 18" to 23". Our 18" chain necklace is made from our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain. These are the same chain design, just slightly heavier in weight for the longer lengths. For a rough guide (as we all have different, amazing bodies) the 23" chain sits around or just above your nipple line...
We're big fans of layering necklaces and I'm pretty sure you are too. All of our chains are adjustable in length by 2" to make sure you can style your layers to perfection and mix them up with other pieces in your jewellery wardrobe.
Although all necklaces are adjustable, for the perfect layered look we suggest that you purchase your necklaces on different length chains. This way you get to see the beauty of both pendants and there's less chance of scratching! We also personally like wearing the smallest pendant on the shorter length and the larger heavier pendants longer. That's just our personal choice though, we're all awesome & individual humans and ultimately you get to decide how you style your pieces!
Below is a little guide of some of our favourite pieces layered and their lengths:
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
Luna & Rose chain bracelets also have a 2" adjustable chain length with a clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 16cm & 17.5cm
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.