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  • Travelling Lyte

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    The Easter Weekend is upon us and for many that means the first chance to get away this year. Our classic and timeless collection of Weekender bags and technology accessories are not only exquisitely crafted but also highly practical. You cannot begin your Great Spring Adventure without them.

    Our Kenley Bag is perfect if you are planning a weekend away to a cottage in the country or a bungalow by the beach. Not only does Thomas Lyte have your luggage needs handled but our technology accessories will keep you entertained on your journey. Our collection of secure and stylish iPad cases are incredibly user-friendly, perfect for surfing the Internet, watching your favourite films or taking your holiday snaps.

    Tweet us those Easter Weekend sefies, to @ThomasLyte with the #TravellingLyte to be entered into our exclusive Easter giveaway.

    TL Blog; Travelling Lyte Woodvale Weekender (£595); Kenley Bag (£495); iPad Stand Up Case (£165)

    Whether you're jetting off to somewhere exotic or just taking a few days with the family, travel right with Thomas Lyte this Easter.

  • Whistle While They Work

    Craftsmanship is one of the founding values of the Thomas Lyte brand, and this couldn’t be more pertinent than with our silver craft. Design and production of Silver and Gold in the brand’s London workshops is a company obsession, and yet a sometimes overlooked, aspect of our brand.

    The FA cup is being restored and pollished up after its time at Porthsmouth. Thomas Lyte use very traditional old methods to repair restore and pollish this trophy as well as many others.Silversmithing is unfortunately a dying trade in the UK. In the late 1970’s early 80’s there were perhaps  over 4000 workshops thriving in England compared to possibly 200 which remain today. This is why, when CEO Kevin Baker brought Essex Silver under the Thomas Lyte brand in December of 2007, many said he taking too big a risk. However with dedication and inspiration to revive the Silver making industry, 7 years later our workshops are arguably one of Europe’s largest. Supported by a dynamic apprenticeship programme, we have created over 1000 leading trophies/awards worldwide as well as designing, making and restoring for many Royal Households. In addition leading edge contemporary creations have been designed and made in sterling silver for private jets through to public spaces. We are bucking the trend and growing year on year.

    Thomas_Lyte_468Stepping into the workshop, on an industrial estate in East London, is like stepping back in time. Although the machinery has developed since the beginning of the trade, the skills are timeless. They are passed down through the generations and if the silver business is gone, so is that heritage.

    Thomas_Lyte_458However, this is more than nostalgia for past manufacturing industry, it is preservation of our British Heritage. While there is a huge demand globally, particularly in China, for ‘Made in England’ branding, as Kevin Baker said, ‘our mission is more about preserving an industry that has got quintessential qualities and has great demand.’

    We are responsible for the restoration of iconic pieces, such as the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup, golf’s Ryder Cup and football’s FA Cup - ‘queue Kevin Williams, silversmith, to the rescue.’ We are also producing contemporary pieces of silver for our bespoke clients and retail.

    trophies- Thomas LyteWhile they may not whistle while they work, the Thomas Lyte team of silversmiths and apprentices are part of the future as the luxury industry goes back to its roots.

    by Lauren Franklin

  • A Royal Mother’s Day

    With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the challenge to choose the perfect gift to express your love and gratitude is upon us. Don’t resort to the usual bunch of flowers or box of chocolates, lovely as they are, when the Thomas Lyte team are on your side.

    Stunning cosmetic cases, compact mirrors, colourful purses and pens, you can give any item in the Thomas Lyte collection a touch of bespoke beauty. The luxury collection and personalised service gives you the chance to monogram, initial, or simply add a loving message to make every mother feel very special.

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    Silver Plated Compact Mirror £15.00
    Medium Cosmetics Case Black Croc £75.00
    iPhone 5 Wallet Bridle Leather Tangerine £50.00

    For those first time mothers out there, much like The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, Thomas Lyte has something even more unique this year, with our Kings and Queens collection. Initially introduced for the Diamond Jubilee, this exquisite range is crafted from sterling silver and cherry wood, producing a unique and timeless piece.

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    Spoil your mother like a queen, and give her a personalised gift that she can treasure forever.

    by Lauren Franklin

  • The LV= Cup 2014

    Sunday afternoon saw the Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints fight it out for the title of the 43rd season of the Anglo-Welsh Rugby Cup. With Exeter’s Sandy Park bursting with home support, the Chief’s take home the first major trophy in their 143-year history. The Thomas Lyte team were even more invested when watching the game this weekend as this marked the fourth presentation of the trophy since we were commissioned for its redesign in 2009.

    Thomas Lyte designs and manufactures many iconic sporting trophies for a global client base, so we were very excited to take part in this project when LV= began their sponsorship of the Anglo-Welsh rugby competition. With 24 carat gold plated core, this hand-made sterling silver trophy took over 50 hours to make in the London Workshops of Thomas Lyte Silver.

    Exeter Chiefs v Northampton LV Final 160314Our expert team of skilled craftsman not only designed and manufactured the winner’s trophy but also the medals that were presented to both teams.

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    Upon the conclusion of the reward ceremony Andrew Jones, Thomas Lyte said:

    ‘We would like to congratulate the Exeter Chiefs on a well-deserved victory and wish both them, and the Northampton Saints, the best of luck for the rest of this season. Having worked with previous sponsors on past trophies for the Anglo-Welsh rugby cup our team was more than happy to work with LV= on the inception of this new trophy, one which we feel captures the spirit and energy of the competition.’

    By Lauren Franklin

  • Go Green for St. Patrick

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    During any festive holiday, we all enter into a battle between our inner fashionista and our childish desire to don our celebratory costumes. And, St. Patrick’s Day is certainly no different.

    But don’t you worry; the Thomas Lyte team have come up with a plan to help you navigate those Emerald waters. This season is all about accessorising with colour, so Instead of drowning in a cloak of green this weekend, pair a splash of Sea Green with nude and codra hues.

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    We especially love how Anh, from 9to5Chic, demonstrates the elegance and luxuriousness of this colour palette.

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    Whether you are celebrating your heritage or just looking for a good excuse to party this weekend, this colour combination is a knock out. It has the right mix of sophistication and spice to have you celebrating in style this St. Patrick’s day.

    Christmas is not the only festive season for giving. By going green this holiday, you won’t just be supporting St. Patricks Day, but also the talented team behind the craftsmanship of every Thomas Lyte product. The Thomas Lyte Foundation, in association with the Crafts Council, receives 10% of the profits from every purchase you make.  For more information, please visit our website www.thomaslytefoundation.org or contact us at info@thomaslytefoundation.org.

    Happy St. Patricks Day.

    By Lauren Franklin

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