Kohatu + Petros is an independent, unique online jewellery boutique. The Kohatu + Petros brand, stands for authenticity and style. The jewellery has been designed to be worn and enjoyed every day and is desired by customers for its individuality, style and accessibility. By using semi precious stones, sterling silver and gold vermeil, the collection has longevity and wearability for years to come.
Every season Kohatu + Petros design with new and exciting colour combinations inspired by art, fashion and new season trends which translate into everyday, unique and wearable jewellery.
Designed and handcrafted by Varney Polydor in her Marylebone Studio, London.
The brand was founded by Varney Polydor and Joanna Salmond in 2005 and together, the incredibly talented design team have been recognised for the following awards:
Professional Jeweller Top 100 2014
Retail Jeweller Inspiring Independent 2014
Finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards Boutique of the Year 2014
Winner of the UK Jewellery Awards Shop Window Competition 2013
Finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards Boutique of the Year 2013
Retail Jeweller Inspiring Independent 2012
Kohatu is the word for Stone in Maori - native NZ
Petros is the word for Rock in Greek
The name Kohatu + Petros reflects their origins, Joanna is from New Zealand and Varney has Greek background.
Varney was born in Australia to a Greek family. Her father was a small business owner and her mother worked as a seamstress. Watching her mother sew sparked Varney’s initial interest in making and design. As a young teenager Varney would interpret new fashion trends and create her own designs by sourcing fabrics and materials. Each week she would sew a new outfit to wear on the weekends. Varney’s early love of fashion and design has evolved into a passion for creating everyday, wearable jewellery desired by customers for its beauty, individuality, and accessibility.
Kohatu + Petros was established in 2006 and is an independent jewellery boutique with authenticity, elegance and style at the heart of the brand. Each season Varney designs with new, exciting colour combinations and materials inspired by art, fashion and new season trends. Using semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and gold vermeil, the collections are designed and handcrafted by Varney and team in her Marylebone Studio in London.
Varney says, "The designs are inspired by so many different aspects of life; from my immediate surroundings to travelling, visiting art museums, fashion, nature and architecture. Some of my best ideas have come from a pattern in a carpet, a shape on the beach, a piece of art or even a beautiful piece of printed fabric.”
The name Kohatu+ Petros reflects the origins of its founders.
Kohatu is the word for Stone in Maori
Petros is the word for Rock in Greek
The brand was founded by Varney Polydor and Joanna Salmond in 2005, after a trip to Hong Kong where their passion was ignited by the amazing selection of beautiful gemstones. Together, the incredibly talented design team created the Kohatu + Petros brand. They started in a small Marylebone studio and then went on to open the intimate and luxurious Kohatu + Petros Jewellery boutique, located in fashionable Chiltern St - considered by Condé Nast Traveller magazine as London's Coolest Street.
Alongside their own brand the duo also showcased up and coming designers including Cara Tonkin, Neola, Tomasz Donocik, Sushilla, Alice Menter, Tina Lilienthal and Mara Hutong.
The success of Kohau + Petros has been recognised by receiving the following accolades:
Professional Jeweller Top 100 - 2014
Retail Jeweller Inspiring Independent -2014
Finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards - Boutique of the Year 2014
Winner of the UK Jewellery Awards Shop Window Competition - 2013
Finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards Boutique of the Year - 2013
Retail Jeweller Inspiring Independent - 2012
Proud supporters of 'The Cheapside Hoard - London's Lost Jewels' exhibition at the Museum of London 2013/14
Kohatu + Petros Jewellery boutique opened in Chiltern St , London W1 - November 2010 and closed September 2015 when Joanna decided to relocate to her home in New Zealand.
2015 - PRESENT & FUTURE...
Kohatu + Petros continues as an online boutique, shipping worldwide and appears as 'Pop Up Shops' over the Greater London area throughout the year. The location of the pop up shops are communicated by email and social media. Varney also works with personal stylists who continue to sell her jewellery to their discerning clientele. In addition to this, Varney collaborates with like-minded women in business to promote small independents. The charities close to her heart are Autism and Cancer Research in which she supports. The business continues to go from strength to strength, always offering the personal service that customers have been accustomed to. The Kohatu + Petros brand continues to stand for authenticity, elegance and style.
For further information email Varney on firstname.lastname@example.org