Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Take a Shine to Sisters' Designs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Take a Shine to Sisters' Designs

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Byline: JOANNE WELFORD

IF someone had told them their designs would one day be gracing the jewellery boxes of some of British music's hot talent, Teesside sisters Jess and Emily Jane Lathan would never have believed it.

But fast forward a few years and their trendy vintage inspired pieces are indeed doing just that.

Pixie Lott, Jessie J, Adele and TV presenter Fearne Cotton are just a few of the names who have been papped sporting Rock 'n Rose - singer Pixie has, in fact, named it as one of her favourite wears.

What it adds up to is a huge bonus for the Hartburn sisters behind the brand - a regular on the style pages of glossy mags too.

Taking over the world, one jewel at a time is their motto - and it is fast becoming a reality.

Jess and Emily Jane launched Rock 'n Rose in 2007 while Jess was at university and Emily doing A Levels at college.

They started making things for themselves, then friends wanted to buy, then people they knew from college and uni - Emily designed and set up a website to showcase their designs and the rest, as they say, is history.

Every piece of jewellery and trendy headwear is designed, sourced, hand produced and dispatched from RnR headquarters at the Durham Tees Valley Business Centre in Stockton. Designs are made in limited numbers only, ensuring their collections -and whoever buys them - stay individual.

"We established in September 2007, I was at university at the time and Emily was still at college doing A levels," explains Jess.

"It came out of nowhere! I was studying town planning and Emily was doing three sciences and maths.

"I'd had part time jobs and I didn't want to go on doing the same so we just bought a few bits and made some things up for ourselves. People loved them, we started selling them to close friends and acquaintances and then people at college.

"Emily set up a little website, she built it herself and we stayed with that until December 2010 when we had a proper website built by an e commerce team. …

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