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Olivia Burton Story: How Best Friends Became Fashion Designers

Olivia Burton is a British watch brand that's taking the industry by storm. We’re taking a closer look at the brand's story and their gorgeous watch collections.

The Olivia Burton Story

How Best Friends Became Fashion Designers?

Best friends Jemma Fennings and Lesa Bennett set up the brand in 2012. The pair met during their studies at the London College of Fashion and the rest is history.

After graduating, Lesa and Jemma entered the fashion retail industry as buyers for Selfridges and ASOS. It was there they noticed a gap in the market for watches that had truly creative and beautiful designs for fashion-conscious women. They believed watches should be great accessories. With this in mind and feeling inspired, they began designing their own watches.


Olivia Burton founders Lesa and Jemma

Founders of Olivia Burton, Lesa and Jemma

They launched Olivia Burton in 2012. They named the brand after Lesa's great aunt who was a great source of encouragement in the early stages of the pair's business venture. Lesa and Jemma's designs were fashion focused, and they wanted them to be accessible to all women. The brand's feminine style was an instant hit on Instagram, and Harvey Nichols soon began stocking their watches. From humble beginnings at the kitchen table, the brand moved to their first office in 2013.

2016 was a big year for Olivia Burton. They made waves with the release of their vegan-friendly leather strap watches and launched their brand in the USA. They then certainly finished the year on high with the release of their stunning jewellery range.

In July 2017 the brand was acquired by the Movado group, and Olivia Burton's first bricks-and-mortar store was opened in Covent Garden in May 2018.

Explore T. H. Baker's favourite Olivia Burton collections:

Olivia Burton designs are distinctly ornate with fashionable and feminine colour palettes and motifs. Their inspiration comes from English nature and vintage style. Ultimately, the brand is all about being feminine, fashionable and affordable. Here's a few of our favourite Olivia Burton collections.


a gold mesh strap watch with a rose quartz face


Olivia Burton's Semi Precious collection showcases stunning materials found in the natural world. Quartz and mother of pearl dials feature in the shimmering collection with a variety of strap styles. 

Olivia Burton Bees

rose gold plated watch with square dial and bee in the middlerose gold earrings with a bee stud and a swirl of rainbow-coloured stones  

Bees are the emblem of the Olivia Burton brand, so it's no surprise that they have a collection dedicated to them. Not only can you find watches with the bee motif, there's also stunning jewellery to be found in the collection.

Olivia Burton Enchanted Garden

rose gold bracelet watch with a floral watercolour-style dial

The Enchanted Garden collection features stunning floral dials inspired by the beauty of British nature. With beautiful light-coloured leather straps as well as mesh and bracelet strap options, these pieces are suitable for any occasion.

olivia burton logo‘If we can do it, you can do it too. Never give up on your dreams.’ Jemma and Lesa



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