Award winning Brighton based jewellery and gift company, Posh Totty Designs, will launch the ‘Share A Hug’ necklace on October 17th donating 100% of profits from every necklace sold to Women for Women International (WFWI), a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help restore the hope and future of women survivors of conflict.
The necklace will launch on www.poshtottydesigns.com on 17th October 2016 and will also be available to purchase from our Brighton boutiques and partner website Notonthehighstreet.com. The sterling silver necklace is £49, Gold Plated is £69 and the Solid 9ct Gold version costs £450.
As with all Posh Totty Designs handmade jewellery, it can be personalised with the names or motto of your choice. Allowing customers to ‘share a hug’ with the people most special to them, while showing solidarity and donating funds to those who need it most.
The necklace design was inspired by a visit, Alice Rivers Cripps, the Founder and MD of Posh Totty Designs, took to war torn Kosovo this summer. Having begun working in partnership with WFWI earlier this year, Alice decided she wanted to meet and engage with the women WFWI is helping face to face.
This June, she journeyed to Kosovo and visited WFWI’s HQ and projects, accompanied by acclaimed Photojournalist Hazel Thompson, who documented the trip in photographs (see enclosed memory stick) and a short film, which will premiere at the necklace launch party on October 19th. “I went to Kosovo to meet and be inspired by women affected by war,’ says Alice. “I taught them a workshop on basic business skills and silversmithing. I hope in this way, I was able to inspire them too.”
The women’s incredible personal stories of being refugees greatly inspired Alice. Like Violetta, who gave birth to her first child during the war with no medical help and was forced to flee immediately afterwards, with a sick newborn. And Kimete, who feared for her children’s lives so greatly she was forced to send them out of Kosovo on a bus alone, because there was no space for her.
As a mother of two young boys, Alice was very moved by the memories these women shared with her. The welcoming hugs that Violetta and Kimete vividly remembered receiving when they finally crossed the border to safety inspired Alice to create the ‘Share A Hug’ necklace. It symbolises a ’forever hug’, a universal symbol of hope, love and support to refugees all over the world.