What’s new this April

It may not be business as usual, but The Royal Exchange’s remarkable retailers have special online offers and home deliveries to ensure you won’t have to go without, as well as inspiring initiatives to help those who need it most

01 April, 2020

In a month where everything has changed and we are all adapting to a new way of life, home comforts, little consistencies and positive stories have become more important than ever. The Royal Exchange may have had to close its doors for the time being, but our digital channels will continue to bring you the latest news from all your favourite brands. Our community of independent boutiques and international brands that make up The Royal Exchange are as busy as ever, continuing to create fine goods and coming up with ways to help others during the coronavirus crisis. Read on for inspiring news, special online offers and new product launches.


HELPING HANDS

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The Royal Exchange retailers are making us all proud with their efforts to support those most in need during these difficult times. At the same time, they make it easier for us all to contribute, by supporting their thoughtful initiatives.

Bremont founders Giles and Nick English have submitted an application to produce ventilator parts at their watchmaking factory in Oxfordshire, to address the shortage of ventilators in the fight against Covid-19. bremont.com

Cutter & Squidge bakery is now offering Essentials Boxes containing milk, eggs, flour, butter, sugar, cheese and freshly baked bread, which are available for delivery in Greater London, within the M25. You can also purchase a box for Cutter & Squidge to donate to its local food bank, on your behalf. cutterandsquidge.com

Mulberry has partnered with the National Emergencies Trust to help deliver vital aid to those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak across the UK. They will be donating 15% of their UK full price digital sales to this cause for the next month, which will be distributed by the NET to local charities and support groups who can most effectively and efficiently support the communities and individuals in need. mulberry.com


FUTURE/CRAFT AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE

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This April sees the launch of our Future/Craft campaign, which celebrates the skill and creativity at the heart of modern luxury – from heritage craftsmanship to innovative technologies. We’ll be sharing evocative stories and insightful interviews, which highlight the creativity, craftsmanship, technical expertise and pioneering spirit that defines the brands that call The Royal Exchange home.

We’ll also be revealing a series of 3D illustrated films, created especially for The Royal Exchange by digital artists XK Studio. The first mesmerising moving image they’ve created is inspired by the theme of modern luxury with graphic interpretations of glass, metal and fabric textures that interplay in an abstract digital realm to offer a moment of virtual reality escapism.

Read more about our#FutureCraft campaign and see the animated version of XK Studio’s artwork here.


EASTER FEAST
 

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Life goes on despite us being in quarantine, and Easter offers a perfect reason to organise a home celebration – you’ll just have to be a little more organised this year and get those online orders placed soon. The Royal Exchange is home to a mouth-watering selection of boutiques that can ensure your Easter feast is a truly uplifting occasion.

Whether it’s a treat for yourself, or for friends and family members who you’re unable to visit at the moment, a Fortnum & Mason hamper is sure to brighten up anyone’s Eastertime. Choose from a wide range of hampers, curated to suit different themes and tastes, or create your own selection of Fortnum’s fine goods. fortnumandmason.com

From award-winning truffles, nestled in handcrafted, egg-shaped boxes, to luxury Easter eggs in a range of flavours, Rococo Chocolates has a wide selection of sweet treats to choose from, and is offering free express deliveries. Its Hunting Bunny Milk Chocolate Luxury Easter Eggs can be hidden around your home to keep children occupied for hours as they search for the brightly coloured mini eggs. rococochocolates.com

Cutter & Squidge’s Easter marvellous confectionary and baked goods will make an excellent centrepiece for your Easter dessert table. From goodie-filled chocolate eggs to the bakery’s speciality ‘biskie’ selection boxes, vegan loaf cakes and spectacular whole cakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Free delivery is offered on all Easter egg orders using the code EASTERSPECIAL. cutterandsquidge.com

Take a look at our Easter Gift Guide for an inspiring selection of edible and non-edible gifts, all available to order online.


ESPECIALLY FOR YOU

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From special offers to complimentary shipping, The Royal Exchange retailers are offering plenty of rewards for online orders, and just in time for Easter.

Visit our boutiques page for a full list of all The Royal Exchange retailers, and links to their online stores.


SELF DEVELOPMENT

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Leica has made its popular Akademie programme available online, offering the perfect opportunity to improve your photography skills. There’s a wide range of workshops, webinars and bespoke tuition sessions available, spanning specialist subject areas, lighting and software tutorials and personalised sessions that can be tailored to an individual’s area of interest. View further details and sign up for a session here.


DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

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From exquisite jewellery to summertime footwear, explore the latest collections from Crockett & Jones, Tiffany & Co. and Georg Jensen, from the comfort of your sofa.

Crockett & Jones has updated its men’s loafer collection for spring/summer 2020, meaning you have no excuse for not looking dapper on your daily walk. There’s something for everyone, from tassled sage green nubuck to woven tan calf leather. These shoes epitomise laid-back luxury and were made to put a spring in your step. View the full range of styles available here.

First launched in the 1980s, Tiffany & Co.’s iconic ‘T’ motif has been reimagined with hand-set diamonds and bevelled edges for its new Tiffany T1 collection. Designed to be worn every day, an edit of nine key styles – encompassing rings and bracelets in rose gold – will be launched this month, followed by white and yellow gold editions in June and further interpretations becoming available later in the year. Explore the collection here.

Danish design house Georg Jensen has also launched a new jewellery collection – Curve, designed by Regitze Overgaard. Featuring rings, earrings, bangles and neck rings in combinations of sterling silver and yellow gold, the soft, sculptural shapes can be paired together to create a bold and powerful look, or worn alone for striking simplicity. Read more about the inspiration behind the pieces here.


COMPETITION TIME
 

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Pre-owned watch specialist Watchfinder & Co. is offering you the chance to win a pre-loved Rolex Explorer II, worth £6,250. To be in with a winning chance, simply click here and enter your details. The prize draw will end at 23:59 (BST) on 30 April 2020.

Keep up to date with news and special online offers from The Royal Exchange retailers by visiting our what’s on page and following us on Instagram @theroyalexchange and Twitter @rexshopper