Designer Call


Thanks for subscribing to the Nu Blvck designers' network. We’re getting in touch because you’ve signed up to receive design briefs for new Nu Blvck collections and exclusive notice of upcoming design competitions. We're excited to work with as many designers as we can on new accessories, so firstly, welcome!


A BIT ABOUT NU BLVCK


Nu Blvck is an innovative female fashion accessories brand based in Scotland. We have a unique business model in that we work with emerging designers to create accessories collections and expert artisans who make the accessories in small batches. All of our collections are limited edition and made to order.


HOW WE WORK


Collaboration is at the heart of the Nu Blvck design process. We work with designers to commercialise their collections by sampling them with expert artisans (paid for by Nu Blvck). Collections are then showcased to our community of customers online and via events, showrooms etc.


One of our key aims is to celebrate emerging designers and to assist them in making the step from student / graduate to full time designer. That being said, it's not just students we work with; we work with all designers as long as they're enthusiastic, good to work with and talented. Designers are also remunerated for their designs on commercial terms.


Working with Nu Blvck will give you access to and support from the Nu Blvck team and customer base, exposure, and an accessories collection to be proud of!

 

HANNAH LOUISE BAXTER - “it’s amazing to have Nu Blvck’s marketing and business ideas mixed with the skills of the artisans to create the products.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR NOW


50% of women in the UK bought a handbag last year. That's a lot of handbags! We're looking to develop a classic Nu Blvck handbag for our next collection. The bag should be functional, practical and stylish; reflect the Nu Blvck brand aesthetic and the Nu Blvck customer / woman (see below).

We’d like you to send us the following:

  • Examples of your work to date (maximum 2 page);
  • A sketch of your handbag for the Nu Blvck woman.

If handbags aren't your thing then don't worry! We'll be sending out a brief for another accessories collection soon.


THE NU BLVCK WOMAN


She's 25 - 55 years old, creative, fashion-forward and stylish - an independent woman with a high disposable income. She communicates who she is through her clothes. She's lives in the city and appreciates all that the city (and the world) has to offer her - she tries to live everyday. She cares about what she is putting in and on her body.


For an idea of our brand aesthetic please check out our Instagram (follow @nublvck).


MATERIAL SELECTION


We're committed to using premium / high quality materials and providing our customers with luxury accessories at a premium price point. Please feel free to make suggestions on materials when submitting your designs.


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR DESIGNS


If you'd like to work with Nu Blvck on this collection then please send your submission by e-mail to hello@nublvck.com before 5pm on Monday 13th March.


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?


From the designs we receive we'd then like to meet a few of you to learn more about you! The bag you’ve designed for this brief may not be the product that's taken forward to sampling.  

THANK YOU! WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR DESIGNS!


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ISN'T A COMPETITION AND THERE IS NO WINNER. WE'D JUST LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOUR AESTHETIC AS A DESIGNER AND SEE IF IT FITS WITH WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR NOW. IF IT DOESN'T, THEN THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WON'T IN THE FUTURE!