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Olivia Burton Illustrator


We’ve teamed up with vintage-inspired watch brand, Olivia Burton, to bring a series of live illustration events to a H. Samuel near you. Enjoy a complimentary illustration (of you or a loved one) with any Olivia Burton purchase during our Celestial collection launch events. Read on to find out more.

12 November 2021 Editor - H. Samuel

Starting this weekend, we’re hosting a series of special festive in-store events – and there are some exciting opportunities waiting for you. H. Samuel X Olivia Burton aims to get your creative juices flowing while giving you all the Christmas gifting inspiration you need. Here’s what you need to know, and a preview of what to look forward to.

The event

This is the fashion jewellery event you need to know about. We’re celebrating the launch of Olivia Burton’s Celestial collection, with a series of store events featuring a professional artist doing live drawings. This is your opportunity to strike a pose and enjoy a complimentary illustration with any on the day Olivia Burton purchase. Or perhaps, if you’re buying a gift, you’d like a unique illustration of the person you’re gifting, for that perfect personal touch? (If this the route you choose, then don’t forget a photo of said giftee for our artist). Plus, with your purchase, we’re giving you a gorgeous, branded Christmas bauble (only at Manchester Trafford, Meadowhall and Glasgow Braehead) – as no tree is complete without an Olivia Burton tree dec, right?

The when and the where

Join us for one (or all if you so choose) of our sought-after live illustration events, taking place throughout the UK during November and December. The first one is at Westfield White City this Saturday 13th November. If you’re not able to make it this weekend, don’t panic – there are more events scheduled at our stores in Bluewater, Manchester, Meadowhall and Glasgow, so get involved and visit one of these stores on event days for a fun-filled Christmas shopping extravaganza.

The Who

Putting the fun into Christmas shopping, live illustration is an exciting way to get creative with your gifts – whether it’s to you or from you. The illustrator of the hour is Jacqueline Bisset. Making a special guest appearance at all the events, you can find Jacqueline’s illustrations on everything from books to duvet covers. Not to mention her foray into the fabulous fashion crowd, of which she’s sketched many a celeb whilst they sip on champagne and canapés at one glitzy event or another. Jacqueline wows with her distinctive flourish of pencils and brushes, using watercolour to add a vibrant pop. Strike a pose, watch her in action, get TikTok at the ready, and take photos for your IG feed, this truly is an experience not to be missed – especially with Christmas just around the corner, you’ve got the perfect present right there. Plus, if you’re shopping on a time limit, don’t worry Jacqueline is a whizz at her work – she’s even got full length fashion portraits down to 6 minutes.

The brand

We’re sure you’re familiar with the flora and fauna-inspired world of Olivia Burton, and if you’re not, you need to be. With a focus on affordability without compromising on quality, the expertly crafted watches are both financially viable and extremely fashionable. And thanks to its cues from nature and colourful interpretation of bees, butterflies, flowers – and much more – it’s one of those brands that will always put a smile on your face.

Leading the way in women’s watch design since 2013, then fashion students and co-founders Lesa and Jemma’s designs are brought to life at their pretty East London studio, where every piece is tweaked to perfection – think intricate hand-illustrations, beautiful references to nature and must-have colour palettes.

Its covetable, collectable styles, which includes a striking jewellery line-up, are inspired by the latest trends, but you can always count on Olivia Burton to put its own unique spin on what comes down the catwalk. Plus, as the brand launches new styles every few months, it means its designs are reactive to micro-trends that pop up during the season. Cue the Celestial collection – Olivia Burton’s take on the ever-popular zodiac trend that we’re seeing everywhere right now. Keep reading to discover our Celestial favourites. But first, let’s find out more about the inspiration behind the collection.

The collection

The cosmos has long been inspiration for jewellery designs, never more so than at this time of year when the dark nights of winter are brightened by the sparkle of the constellations on a well-chosen watch. Not to mention the whimsical draw – cosmic motifs like moons, stars, and zodiacs spark a sense of joy and magic, and are associated with luck, love, and protection – what better justification for buying a new watch for a loved one? And whether you want to stack, layer or style your pieces, there’s no denying that the cosmic trend is spreading as fast as, well, a runaway planet. So, leave it to Jemma and Lesa, who both have a ‘reach for the stars’ mentality, to take the zodiac trend to another level – this is the cool girl’s answer to celestial.

Hold on tight, every piece takes you on a mesmerising journey to the enchanted world in the sky. Inspired by faraway galaxies and bursting constellations, expect sparkling stardust, star charms, illuminating planets, and crystal-encrusted North Star markers – a spellbinding reminder to never stop looking up.

Shine on in style

For everything cosmic-inspired and more – whether you prefer gold, silver, or rose gold – you can wear it like a fashion pro thanks to the range of Olivia Burton at H. Samuel. We look forward to seeing you at White City, Bluewater, Manchester, Meadowhall or Glasgow, and in the meantime, scroll down for our favourites from the collection – if these don’t inspire you for Christmas gifting, then we don’t know what will…