Glamour and stardom are still very much in evidence in Shepperton. The arms of well-heeled celebs around the world are embellished with accessories from local firm Buba, and hair and make-up by local Trend Salon graces red carpet events. What’s more, the two companies have been working together on a recent photographic shoot, images from which you can see here.
Buba London, run by local couple Euan McDonald and Lesley Silwood, specialises in hand crafted, be-jewelled bags, jewellery and home ware. The couple are self-confessed magpies and when you see their creations you can tell. Big crystals, gold plaited chains, pearls and other semi-precious stones make your eyes pop open. Buba has all its products made in India where the tradition for handicraft, combined with the range and quality of materials make it a perfect centre for production. Products are sold all around the world. Buba’s products are all hand made so each piece is individually crafted.
It is this exclusivity that appeals to the jet set. Clients include Nicole Scherzinger, Ladyhawke and Pria Kalidas (Mira in EastEnders, in case you don’t know!)
Although a global brand, Lesley and Euan are very much a local business. Graphics for Buba are created by local Lucy Pemberton. Their recent fashion shoot used a local girl from Woking as model, hair was done by Sarah from Trend Salon in Church Square and make-up by Space NK, Weybridge. Clothes used for the shoot were loaned by Lesley’s mother Barbara who deals in vintage pieces.
I understand incidentally that the model for the next shoot has already been identified – a student from Sunbury, spotted at a roundabout and who has just the “look” Lesley was looking for. Sarah from Trend Salon is about to have her third child and yet has been growing her business at Trend Salon, cutting the locks of the famous. She regularly coifs Nina Wadia, who plays Zainab Masood in EastEnders, and has recently also been cutting film director Peter McDonald’s hair. The stories Sarah must hear!
Buba London – www.bubalondon.com
See website for current range, prices and stockists
Trend Salon www.facebook.com/trendsalon
Now doing Balmain Hair Extensions and offering gift vouchers for Christmas