“Im impulsive. I often act and then think but I believe its my spontaneous nature that has got me where I am today. I studied Finance at Wits and before long found myself working for a big corporate, stressed and unhappy. I quit my job and headed to Dubai to work as an airhostess for Emirates.
What followed was 4 incredible years that opened my eyes to a new and completely different culture, plus I travelled the world. Dubai is very entrepreneurial, people are not afraid to take risks and are encouraged to take the leap. This completely contradicted the conservative South African mindset that I was used to.
While my flight was grounded in Thailand for a few days, some colleagues and I hired a car and drove to the south. Ayutthaya was once the capital of Siam and this legacy can been seen in its breathtaking palaces and monuments. The area is rural and sandy roads are lined with forests and small houses inhabited by locals hard at work making beautiful crafts.
I am like a magpie, always attracted to shiny things and I was drawn to a house where a family were crafting handmade cutlery. It was intricate and gorgeous and I bought two sets, one of which I gave to my sister for her wedding present.
I returned to Jo’burg and worked for a top hotel in Sandton. I was happy to be home and continued in my position as PR manager for a while. But when my sister had a dinner party with my cutlery, the events that happened couldn’t have come sooner. The financial director of a larger retail outlet loved the cutlery and mentioned they were looking for something just like it for the stores.
It was the push I needed; I left my job and flew to Thailand immediately. After locating the family, I spent time learning the craft. I started importing the Ayutthaya range and business soared. 10 years later and I supply some of the largest retail outlets in South Africa and design and manufacturer cutlery for private lodges, event companies and hotels. I love what I do and believe my passion is reflected in the cutlery that we design.”
Emma Jane Russell – Owner and Head Designer/Cutler
I am completely obsessed with Nicolson Russell and their gorgeous cutlery. When the Sydney Range was launched, I simply had to own a set. Emma is wonderful, friendly and responsive and went out of her way to arrange an additional 2 pieces of each item so that I could have a 32 piece set. The pieces are so beautiful I may just have to buy a gold set as well! Thank you Emma & Nicholson Russell.Mersini
Stunning cutlery at an incredible value for money. Love the wooden box it came in too. We would definitely recommend this as we are very happy with it and use it all the time.Collin
There are very few items of leisure that truly appeal to me and when I got these I felt somewhat more satisfied. They are amazing, very durable, they go well with white or black crockery. They are really only taken out for special occasions but they really could be a day to day set.They stand out and I have had nothing but compliments of how awesome they are during all my dinner par.Brennan
I was very pleasantly surprised when I opened this box of cutlery as it is a beautiful set. Good quality and solid. I am sure it will last many years. Very happy with this purchase. I would recommend this product to a friend.Julie-Anne S