You may have seen Annique’s Unique Boutique and her eclectic range of adornments popping up at festivals over recent years. Now she is officially setting up shop online and to celebrate this she is inviting people down to her launch party. We caught up with Annique Gauton (the brand’s founder) to get the low down on this exciting new venture.
What is Annique’s Unique Boutique?
Annique’s Unique Boutique is a business of 2 parts. The online Etsy shop containing my hand crafted jewellery, accessories, homewares and photography/ art prints. I also offer customised denim jackets, cowboy boots and wellies. I do have some more ideas but these are still in the pipeline!
The 2nd part is for events: hen-do’s, pre-out-out parties, proms, garden parties, festivals, fairs and weddings. I provide bohemian props, a bubble machine, a dress up box, glitter and face jewels, metallic tattoo’s, henna tattoo’s, hair braids and jewelled nails. Once your bohemian makeover is complete I will provide a photoshoot with images for party-goers to keep.
What is your background?
My background is and always has been the arts, only later in life did photography become a massive passion. I have always had a love for all things hippie and free-spirited.
How did it come about?
Simply by combining all my passions into one little venture!
Will you be doing any pop ups soon?
I haven’t seen any opportunities for pop up shops in York recently but I intend to get my shop a little more established and grow my customer base before going to a semi-permanent venue. But it is definitely something I would love to do in the future! At the moment I am concentrating on smaller events and festivals to help spread the name of AUB!
Who are you hoping to appeal to?
I think I will appeal to those people who love to party, who love to go to festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella. Male or female! Pretty much anyone who loves to be covered in glitter and loves to take their party look a little on the magical side!
Talk us through your inspiration.
I take my inspiration from a wide variety of places. When it comes to my jewellery making I like to find old, discarded unique items in vintage shops and charity shops; take them apart and rework them into something someone might love again. Someone else’s rubbish is another persons treasure.
I have always been interested in Fashion and I have a National Diploma in Fashion Design, I love festival couture and I think lots of fashion styles are a little on the dull side - my collections and glitter ideas are anything from dull! Think swinging 60s, rockin’ 70s and the glam 80s but mixed with mermaids, unicorns, fairy dust and tribal warriors!
Do you make and design the stuff yourself or import?
I design and make all my jewellery and accessories but obviously there is a little customisation. I do import certain beads and gems to give my pieces a little bit of bling. I also love to hunt down Indian and Mexican fabrics on E-bay! But again the charity and vintage stores of the UK are bountiful!
The date of the official launch is Saturday Aug 12, it starts at 1pm and goes on until late at Gibsons on Micklegate. Absolutely everyone is welcome.The Shop