Xander uses semi-precious stones in his jewellery and home accessories and finishes his pieces with either 925 sterling silver or 14k gold plated components and findings. All the jewellery he produces is also nickel-free. (he is also allergic!) The brand, after his own name, Xander Kostroma®, launched in the Fall of 2018, is stocked in 550+ independent boutiques worldwide. His collection is also available online from British retailers Freemans.com and NotonTheHighstreet.com.
Xander firmly believes that: Anything in your life, is possible! ...no matter what your background, you just need to focus on what you want, believe you already have it, and you will achieve it.
ABOUT THE BRAND Xander Kostroma creates collections of crystal jewellery, crystal suncatchersand bohemian-inspired accessories uniquely crafted for people who are looking for a deeper connection when it comes to their own sense of fashion and personal style. Xander Kostroma crystal jewellery is handmade in small batches using fairly sourced crystals and 925 sterling silver or gold-plated components. All jewellery is tested and certified to be lead, cadmium and nickel-free. Crystals have been used throughout the ages by healers and it’s said that, when worn or held close to the body, crystals allow the wearer to connect with the healing energy they contain inside. Popular crystals include Agate, Amethyst, Black Obsidian, Rose Quartz,Turquoiseand Quartz.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Xander was born on the 7th of April 1987 into a single-parent, working-class family in Swansea, Wales. After a strained relationship with his mother, he eventually found himself homeless at age 16. Xander “sofa surfed” for some months before finding a job working nights as a pot washer at a local restaurant. A year later, aged 17, Xander successfully secured a job working weekends in the coffee shop at M&S which brought some stability into his life. He also moved into his apartment in the city centre. Management soon recognised his potential and promoted him to store Visual Merchandiser. It was at M&S, that his interest in jewellery began. Aged 20, Xander left M&S to create his first company selling ex-High Street clothing online which he ran for 2 years.
Aged 22, Xander decided to return to work in retail. He successfully applied for a role as a shop manager for Cancer Research UK in Neath. It was in this position that he gained a deeper understanding of management while overseeing a team of 30+ volunteers from different backgrounds and with various needs. Xander worked for the charity for almost 2 years until 2010 when he moved to Manchester for a role in buying & merchandising at JD Sports Head Office in Bury.
In early 2012, Xander emigrated to the Italian-speaking canton "Ticino" to work at the European Headquarters for the luxury denimwear brand 7 For All Mankind. Xander learnt Italian, immersing himself in the Italian culture however he felt unsatisfied with his position at the company so in early 2014 he handed in his notice and returned to the UK for 3 months to work in a showroom located on Great Portland Street, London. (Ironically, it was for a brand that he used to buy while working in buying & merchandising in Manchester). It was during this time, at the brands' showroom, that he was offered a license to produce jewellery on behalf of their label. The collection launched 6 months later and was received well, selling at House of Fraser and ASOS online. It was stocked in almost 50 independent boutiques in the UK and EU as well as further afield in the Czech Republic, USA and South Africa. Xander returned to Switzerland with a license to produce jewellery for the UK label and a range of stores selling his products.
In early 2015, Xander founded his company Xander Kostroma Fashion Ltd. He continued to work under license until early 2018 giving his notice to concentrate on his brand, called; Xander Kostroma®. He launched a small capsule collection of earrings initially and recruited an international team based between Switzerland, China & the UK. Over the next few years, the collections expanded into necklaces, bracelets, pashminas, and homeware.
During the 2020 global pandemic, Xander left Switzerland for Portugal. After some time exploring the new country, he set up a home and stayed. It's from Lisbon where the brand is managed today.
WHY PROMOTE XANDER KOSTROMA
Xander Kostroma Fashion Ltd is a member of the Living Wage Foundation
Climate Action Workforce with Ecologi
1 tree is planted for every order the company receives
All products are handmade using non-toxic, certified materials
Fairly sourced crystals from reputable suppliers in The Far East
Free UK shipping on all orders
All orders come gift-wrapped at no extra cost
10% off for life when subscribed to the company's monthly newsletter
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