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:
As some of our fans know, we - the two partners powering the Break Time brand - are Romanians. We moved to Croatia a year and a half ago, because we fell in love with the amazing Adriatic Coast. And with Split, which is, indeed - as all the locals and expats living here will rush to tell you - the most beautiful place on Earth.
And one of the (many, many) reasons we love living here, is the people. It was an overwhelming sensation when, shortly after we opened the Break Time shop in Split and Slobodna Dalmacija wrote an article about us - many locals came to meet us and welcome us to Split. I remember one ship captain came in and gave us his card and told us to call him if we need anything, because he knew it must not be easy to start a new life in a place where you do not speak the language and do not know too many people.
In less than two years, we met a lot of people and forged incredible friendships. With locals and expats alike. But I want to tell you about one couple in particular, that is extremely dear to our hearts: Patrick and Terry, two Americans who - in a nutshell - visited Split and loved it so much that they went back home, sold their house in US and moved here. And since this week they celebrated their 25th anniversary, a bunch of us thought a surprise party was required, so that they will always remember this special day :)
The surprise party was a success! And the blue Adriatica bracelets are the gifts they got for each other to mark the special moment :)
The "all black" anchor bracelet was the most popular of our original Split collection, so we wanted to bring it back, but in a water-resistant version, like all the other new Split anchor bracelets.
So - ta-ra-ra-ra!!! - we are happy to introduce the new & improved Split by Break Time "all black" anchor bracelet!
This cool piece of nautical jewellery is handmade with an alloy anchor covered in rubber, which not only looks and feels great, but also makes it waterproof, so you can wear it 24/7 without fear that will get rusty in the salty sea water.
And because we are excited about this new bracelet and we want you, our fans, to test it and tell us what you think, we thought to introduce it with a promotional price! So take advantage of our limited 25% off price and order yours now!
We are very fond of the collections with which we basically started our Break Time adventure: the Split alloy anchor bracelets with little Break Time charms and the Dubrovnik bracelets with decorative compass alloy shackle.
However, since more and more of our customers were asking for water-resistant bracelets, we listened to our customers and we upgraded our SPLIT bracelets - the new collections are all made with stainless steel anchors (and we also made two more anchor sizes, medium and mini), so they can be worn while taking a swim in the Adriatic Sea (or working on a boat, as a lot of our fans do). The DUBROVNIK collection will also soon be re-launched, with a stainless steel shackle and a pretty decorative compass (so keep an eye on our website!)
We did get, since launching the new collections, a lot of requests for our original Split and Dubrovnik collections, so we have decided to make a special CLEARANCE SALE section for the very last available pieces and sizes.
Take advantage of the reduced prices, and know that clearance items are non-returnable and non-refundable - so just be careful when choosing the size on the Dubrovnik bracelets (please follow our Size Guide instructions!).
Not sure how weather is where you live, but here on the Croatian coast we had a few rainy days and we had the first of the three Bura winds of March (if you live in Croatia, you know what I mean).
But today - at least in Dubrovnik - it was a beautiful spring day. 20 degrees Celsius in Dubrovnik (T-shirt weather, yeey!) and I even saw some tourists sunbathing on Banje Beach!
Summer is almost here and I, for one, cannot wait for the Adriatic Sea to get warm enough. It won't be long now. But for the moment, just my blue and pink Trogir by Break Time nautical bracelet went for a swim today :)
Since we published the photos with Jamie Foxx, people have come to our shop asking what was in the bag that he was holding.
Well, since you might have noticed he is wearing mainly black, you should not be surprised to find out that one of the items was our SPLIT by Break Time anchor bracelet with black paracord:
The second bracelet was a TROGIR by Break Time all black nautical rope bracelet (with the Croatian flag on the inside of the bracelet):
Also in the bag was a ZADAR by Break Time nautical rope key-ring:
And a red SPLIT by Break Time medium anchor bracelet (for his little niece):