Student leads festive charge for Kabiri

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Best-selling designer Kyle Hopkins still studying at Saint Martins.

Despite a wide selection of jewellery from well-known names in the business such as Gurhan and Kenneth Jay Lane, it was a jewellery student that secured the most sales for London retailer Kabiri in the run-up to Christmas 2011.

Kabiri co-owner Nathalie Kabiri revealed that the retailer’s best-selling designer during the recent festive period was in fact Kyle Hopkins, a designer who is still studying at Central Saint Martins and won’t graduate until later this year.

Kabiri has already made several re-orders of the designer’s work, which features intricate carvings of people in cuffs, rings, earrings and cufflinks ranging in price from £136 to £3,960.

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Despite still being a student, Hopkins has released two commercial collections – an autumn/winter 2011 range and a new collection for spring/summer 2012 – and has exhibited with his work at London Fashion Week.

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