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/
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 15" (Petites & almost a Choker length) to 23". Our 15", 16" and 18" length necklaces all come in our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain which is slightly heavier in weight. All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all necklaces are adjustable by 1"/2.5cm in length. Below is a diagram of how our chain lengths sit on a body. If you have a large breast area, you may find that the 23" length chain sits in between your boobs...a good thing or bad, I'm not sure, that's up to you!
|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.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 15cm & 17.5cm
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
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.