HOLIDAY GIFTING FOR A CAUSE WITH NOGU



Hi there, my darlings! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to focus on the best holiday gifts ideas that come across my desk/inbox. Since moving to Toronto, I am personally very invested in finding out more about local Canadian brands and supporting them. Recently, I had the pleasure of discovering a brand that is not only designed in Toronto but also has a truly heartwarming story and cause associated with it. It's my absolute pleasure to share NOGU, an inspirational design studio for unique jewellery pieces founded by two brothers who overcame their own health challenges to be able to give back meaningfully to several charitable causes.


About NOGU 

FOUNDED BY MARIO CHRISTIAN & LUCA DANIEL THE AWARD WINNING FAMILY OF BRANDS THAT INCLUDE JOSEPH NOGUCCI, NOGU & DANIEL CHRISTIAN TANG EXPLORE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO FASHION & ACCESSORIES DESIGN.

“DESIGN IS DESIGN, REGARDLESS THE MEDIUM. WHETHER YOU’RE DESIGNING A MUSEUM OR A BRACELET, THE ARTISTIC PROCESS IS THE SAME” - MARIO CHRISTIAN

BOTH DIAGNOSED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS AT BIRTH, BROTHERS MARIO & LUCA GREW UP WITH A VERY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE, TIME AND THE PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS.

IT MADE THEM WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH A VERY CLEAR AND DISTINCT JOIE DE VIVRE. DON’T STRESS OUT ON THE LITTLE THINGS. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS, TRY AND TRAVEL THE WORLD WHEN YOU CAN AND JUST DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

THESE BELIEFS PUSHED THEM INTO CHALLENGING CAREERS THEY LOVED, ARCHITECTURE FOR MARIO AND ENGINEERING FOR LUCA. THIS EVENTUALLY LED THEM TO DIRECT THEIR PASSION FOR DESIGN INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE ENJOYED BY MANY AND NOT FEW.

HOLDING NOTHING BACK THEY TRAVELED THE WORLD, WHEN HEALTH WAS ON THEIR SIDE, FINISHED DEGREES IN ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING AND EVENTUALLY FOUNDED JOSEPH NOGUCCI, A FASHION DESIGN FIRM GROUNDED IN THE TENETS OF CAREFREE LIVING, SPIRITUALITY, WHIMSICALITY AND ADVENTURE.




NOGU x CYSTIC FIBROSIS CANADA: KITE BRACELET ($26.95 USD, ON SALE)

Charity: 50% Donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada
FREE Suede Polishing Gift Pouch
Base: Stainless Steel
Finish: 18k Gold
Bead Size: 4mm
Crystal: Austrian Crystals
Cord: Clear Elastic

Mario and Luca Lavorato are the brothers behind the designs of every NOGU Jewelry piece. They also live with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease for which there is no cure. By purchasing this bracelet, you are not only supporting Mario and Luca’s love of creating genuine, high-quality jewelry, you are also helping Cystic Fibrosis Canada invest in vital care, innovation and research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, so that the Lavorato brothers can continue to make the world beautiful.

The NOGU Crystal Kite Charm Bracelets are hand-crafted from 4mm beads and are hand-strung on a clear elastic cord. The Kite bracelets are available in silver, gold, rose gold, or black gunmetal finishes and a selection of colorfully enamelled or all metallic crystal studded Kite charms. With their stretchable clear elastic cord, the bracelets are one-size-fits-most.



Now, I'm usually not a huge fan of delicate charms and bracelets, instead preferring the bolder, chunkier designs found in India. But, right from the moment I opened the box, I have to say I was quite taken by this little charm. It IS very pretty but I think the symbolism behind the piece resonated deeper with me. The little kite symbolizes Freedom, Possibility and Hope and as we leave a few challenging years behind, we could all use a little more of all of the above.




So there you have it, my darlings! You can find this and many other beautiful designs on NOGU's website HERE--shipping is available all throughout the US, Canada and internationally.


For more about the brand and their story, don't forget to follow NOGU through the social media outlets below :

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What do you think of this piece? Do you know someone who would love this? Tell me in the comments section below!


















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

7 comments

  1. That's a very sweet bracelet, and not a bad price at all.

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  2. What a nice bracelet. Not only is the price great but their charitable aspect is wonderful.

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  3. The bracelet is beautiful!! Love the mission too.

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  4. So pretty! This would make a great holiday gift.

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  5. Very pretty gold bracelet. I was sent a couple of their beaded bracelets about 3 years ago, and I love them so much I bought more. Oh so affordable and such great quality

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  6. I love this! Supporting good causes is so important. I also love symbolic pieces of jewelry.

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  7. It was pretty cool to be reading my emails and having this blog about NOGU come up. I absolutely love them! I already have one of their bracelets and last night purchased 2 more, 1 for a gift and 1 for me ( Yes I was Christmas shopping and bought myself something! LOL!)
    So I just love their pieces, the quality and the price.
    Happy to see more people talking about them and their great cause.

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