If you ever visited our Instagram page (which, btw, went through a name change and is now called @breaktimecroatia instead of @breaktimenautical) you have probably noticed that it does not really follow the "rules" of having an unified style, same filters etc.
And that is because we believe in diversity, because our fans are also really diverse. People of all ages, occupations, hobbies, styles, from Croatia but also from dozens of world countries, love our handmade nautical bracelets and send us photos with them. Me and my husband - he makes the bracelets - we are as happy as kids every time we receive a photo from you, guys. Your love means a lot to us, it really does! So we publish as many as we can on our Insta page (I apologise if it happened that you tagged us and I did not reply and repost your photo - pls send me a DM, it was unintentional :)
In the photos above we have just a very small part of our amazing customers. I loved the energy of the ladies from Quebec, Canada (first row, left) who visited us in Dubrovnik, and the fact that three generations of a fun German family got nautical bracelets from our shop in Split (first row, right). I was very moved by the South-African couple who were married only 9 days and he chose to get her one of our anchor bracelets as a honeymoon present (second row, left). I am a sucker for people in love, actually, so I loved also meeting this local couple from Dubrovnik (second row, middle). And I am now following the Insta adventures onboard a cruise ship of the cool lady in pink (who is a badass DJ, by the way!).
What I want to say is that we see our Facebook and Instagram pages as a place where our fans are gathering and exchanging cool photos with their Break Time nautical bracelets. So it actually came naturally to us the idea of YOU, our fans, the people who believe what we make is cool enough to spend your money buying one or more pieces, taking over our Instagram account for a day and post stories of how your day goes, and also photos on the main page, as if it was your own Insta page. You do not have to be an "influencer" (meaning that you do not have to have hundreds of thousands of followers). All you have to be is in love with our bracelets and to like taking photos and sharing them with others :)
Today we had a first such experiment! Dijana Kocic aka @ambiciozna was the boss of @breaktimecroatia page. She posted stories from Rovinj (Istria region of Croatia) and she also posted three photos on the main page. She had complete control over what stories she posted (she basically took us with her through the day) and we only asked her that two of the photos for the main page should feature a Break Time bracelet, while the third photo can be anything she wants from Rovinj. And this is what she posted (thank you for sharing a day with us, Dijana!):
Here are also a few stories that Dijana posted throughout the day:
Bottom line is that we want to repeat this. So - if you are our fan (meaning that you own one or more Break Time nautical bracelets) and if you would like to be in charge of our Insta for a day and show us around your town, your home, your workplace, your school or your holiday - send us a DM on our Instagram page!
We are very excited to announce our participation to the Rijeka Nautic Show, on 29.09-01.10.2017! It will be the first time when we will get to meet our Istria fans face-to-face, and we hope YOU will be among them!
We will bring many of our best-selling handmade nautical bracelets and we will have 25% discounts for all of them during the fair!
Join our Facebook event to find out more about our participation and our exact location (which will be communicated on the starting day, 29.09).
If you plan to visit our shop in Dubrovnik in September or October, we are looking forward to your visit during our new daily working hours: 09.00 - 13.00 and 16.00 - 21.00 (Monday to Sunday).
The shop in Split is keeping the same working hours as in the summer: 10.00 am to 10 pm (Monday to Sunday).
Both shops will be closed through the winter, starting 30.10.2017. But until then, don't forget about our autumn discounts of up to 25% (10% for two nautical bracelets, 15% for three, 20% for four and 25% if you buy 5 or more). See you soon!
Who says you cannot wear fun nautical bracelets in autumn, too? Especially since - at least here, in Croatia, we are preparing for an Indian summer, with temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius at least in September (looking forward to continue swimming and enjoying the sun and the beach!).
Anyhoo, my point is that we have prepared some cool discounts for this fall season and...even if September is still a few days away... you can already enjoy them in our online shop, and - starting Monday (28.08) - also in our Dubrovnik and Split stores in Croatia.
How much exactly are you going to save, you ask? By shopping now online you get:
- 5% for orders over €10
- 10% for orders over €40
- 15% for orders over €60
- 20% for orders over €80
- 25% for orders over €100
Also, all orders over 50 Euros from Croatia, the rest of Europe, plus US and Mexico, get free shipping! The free shipping applies also for all orders over 100 euros from the rest of the countries we deliver to!
As for the discounts you will get in our brick&mortar stores in Dubrovnik and Split, here they are: if you buy two items (it can be a key-ring, or a necklace, or a bracelet) you get 10% discount. If you buy three, then the discount goes to 15%, and if you buy four, you save 20%. There is MORE! Get five or more bracelets (or key-rings, or necklaces, or a combination of those) and your discount goes to 25%!
Just a reminder: all our bracelets from the 2017 collections are made with stainless steel anchors/shackles, so they are waterproof. Start shopping and enjoy them on your favourite spot by the sea (this one from the photo is a little piece of heaven in Milna, on Brac Island - an hour away from Split).
Look no further! We are happy to work with you and create original and memorable keepsakes for your guests. We welcome custom orders for bracelets, lanyards, key-rings, necklaces and we will do our best to find the colour combinations to match your brand identity, your wedding colour palette, your sport club logo etc.
Please, be advised that all our items are handmade, so if you are considering ordering our products as party-favors, wedding favors, conference goodie bags, Christmas or Easter corporate gifts etc., please contact us well in advance, so we can have enough time to prepare samples and complete all your order requests.
For large orders, we can customize the lanyards / bracelets with your company logo - see the reference below, landyards and bracelets custom-made for the KNAUF Austria corporate event organized by Glob Tour Agency Croatia at Le Meridien Lav, Split, in June 2017.
The textile labels we used had the KNAUF logo on the visible side and the Croatian flag on the other side.
We are proud to have also partnered up in 2017 with RedBull Austria (through their Croatian branch) and with Coca Cola Croatia.
If you are interested in a custom order, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your event.
And don't you worry...we will take real good care of your order, we have an amazing quality control inspector / bodyguard!
Two main things happened in the last 24 hours that made us feel proud and happy. First, last night, was this article published by Total Croatia Sailing - if you read it, you will understand why :)
Second, this morning, was waking up to find an email from Trip Advisor, announcing us that our Split shop was awarded the Certificate of Excellence, for constant good reviews. Cannot wait to receive our personalised award, to frame it and showcase it in the shop. And we are grateful to all the media love and to all of our customers who took the time to write such nice things about us on Trip Advisor or on our Facebook pages (we have yet to receive a bad review, which is amazing).
It is a great feeling to have your work appreciated and rewarded. We love these moments and they make us keep wanting to do better and to be better. So keep on letting us know when we succeed and when we fail. Thank you!
The absolute winner in terms of popularity amongst our male customers, the black compass bracelets are back with a vengeance!
The new Dubrovnik Collection of nautical bracelets with decorative compass is made with stainless steel shackles. The collection using silver colour compass shackles was launched last month and now we are preparing to launch the black compass shackle version. Check it out below - doesn't it look crazy good? Watch our blog, follow us on Facebook and Instagram - and we will let you know when you can finally order yours online or get it in our Croatian shops in Dubrovnik or Split!
Visiting Dubrovnik in the first days of June? Find out the secret password and get your nautical bracelets with 10% discount!
Come to our shop in Antuninska 5, Old Town Dubrovnik (GET DIRECTIONS) between 01-07.06.2017, say the secret password #ILOVEDUBROVNIK to our lovely shop girls, Biljana and Katarina, and get 10% discount for your favorite handmade Break Time nautical bracelet!
Since most of our customers are active people who like to wear our nautical bracelets all the time, even when swimming or taking a shower or going at the pool, we are preparing to re-launch the very popular DUBROVNIK Collection in a water-resistant version.
The 2017 DUBROVNIK Collection will be launched on 09.05.2017 - the first day of Zagreb Design Week (for which Break Time is partner location). The new and improved compass bracelets will be available in the online shop, as well as in the Split shop (Trogirska 8) and the Dubrovnik shop (Antuninska 5).
As we did last summer with our SPLIT Collection, when we replaced the alloy anchors with stainless steel anchors (a change that made our fans very happy), for the new DUBROVNIK bracelets we are also replacing the alloy shackles (which we used for the 2015/16 season) with a stainless steel shackle with decorative compass.
That means that now absolutely all our nautical bracelets are waterproof (except for the very few remaining anchor bracelets and compass bracelets pieces from the 2015/16 collections, which can be purchased on CLEARANCE SALE, while stocks last).
The Dubrovnik compass bracelets will be available in men' sizes (18-19 cm, 19-20 cm, 20-21 cm, and even 21-22 cm (since some of our customers are sailors with very strong wrists) and the price will be 220 kn (in Split and Dubrovnik shops) and 29 Euros (in the online shop).
We are sometimes asked what age group are we targeting our handmade nautical bracelets towards. And - in a world that segments people on age, sex and many other variables - we found ourselves (the Break Time nautical bracelets) being loved without discrimination by grandchildren and grandparents alike. Maybe because we all love the sea, no matter the age or the sex or the language we speak, and our little handmade jewellery pieces are a beautiful reminder about the freedom and happiness the amazing "more" (sea in Croatian language) brings to us.
Each and every encounter is special, but they all have one thing in common: our customers leave the shop with a smile. Here here are a few of our visitors from the last few days, in Split (Trogirska 8) and Dubrovnik (Antuninska 5).
This lovely German family will return to Berlin with some cool handmade bracelets from our Istria and Split collections, as well as (you probably already noticed it) a necklace from our Vis collection :)
This lovely lady was one of my personal favourite customers. Just look at the photo and you will certainly understand why:
This fun group of Italians definitely did not return to Napoli empty-handed :)
How about this beautiful family? Their smiles say it all!
And the smiles are happening in both our shops, the photo below with these beautiful young German ladies is from the newly opened Break Time store in Dubrovnik Old Town:
Wanna know the secret weapon we use to bring smiles on people's faces? Because it is not only about the fun, unique, beautiful looking bracelets that my partner, Ionut, is making with a lot of TLC. It is equally about the amazing teams we have in our shops: Biljana & Katarina in Dubrovnik, Petra & Dino in Split. They are the ones doing their best to find the perfect bracelet for each of our customers and they are ultimately responsible for the smiles :)
Here is Dino showing one of our young customers how to adjust his new Break Time anchor bracelet look amazing on his wrist: