ABOUT OLIVER BONAS

Oliver Bonas began as a small business as enterprising Oliver Tress started imported goods back from Hong Kong, where his parents lived, back to the UK, for his family and friends. Recognising a gap in the market for quirky and unusual gifts and homeware, he graduated from university and started importing properly.

Saving all the cash he made, he saved up for his first retail space in Fulham, which he hand-painted along with his uni roommates and invested £60 in a second-hand till. The store brought in a couple of hundred pounds every day but soon grew to attract lots of locals and Oliver could expand.

The name itself comes from his first name and, interestingly, his ex-girlfriend’s surname. The sister of Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, he borrowed the name for the business and thankfully hasn’t been asked to change it since! Now, Oliver Bonas has 43 brick-and-mortar shops, 450 staff, a large online following and a predicted turnover of £38m. Not bad for a business brainstormed at university and then started from scratch, eh? Maybe you could be next…

TOP STUDENT BUY: SYDNEY SHAPES CARD HOLDER – £12

Of course, here at Student Discount Squirrel, we’re advocates of you carrying your student card with you at all times in case of discounts and promotional offers from retailers, restaurants and clubs. But how often do you actually remember to take it out? Likely not enough! This cardholder is cute and delicate, so perfect for your student ID card and other essential cards. Two card slots allow for plenty of room and make a great addition to any purse or wallet.

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TOP STUDENT BUY: ORANGE, CLOVE AND CINNAMON ROOM REED DIFFUSER – £90

Perfect to cover up the sometimes-unpleasant scents that can linger in student digs when you least want them to, this reed diffuser will fast spread a new and festive fragrance around your room and dissipate nasty odours.

The essential oils used are hand-blended and will soak gradually up the rattan reeds to fragrance your room. When you can’t smell it anymore, just flip them; and the process will begin again! It also makes for a great gift if you’re stuck for ideas.

TOP STUDENT BUY: 101 WEEKENDS IN EUROPE GUIDE BOOK – £14.99

OK, so you’re a skint student; but that doesn’t mean you can’t have wanderlust and travel just like anyone else! Smart shopping and booking will help you visit new places, but first, you’ll need some inspiration. This great guide gives you the lowdown on shopping, eating, drinking, culture, sightseeing and accommodation across the continent in a way that’s witty and fun without being boring or patronising. You’ll soon be full of ideas to take away and globe-trot with!

NEW ARRIVALS AT OLIVER BONAS

With a fantastic range of fashion, items for the home and gifts, Oliver Bonas has really become a success in the UK’s high-street.

We’ve taken a look around oliverbonas.com to see what is new and affordable for students. And don’t forget to check out our Oliver Bonas student discount guide to find out how to get your NUS discount.

VELVET COSMETIC BAG IN NAVY

A lot of new accessories have just been released by Oliver Bonas and we simply adore this make-up bag. It’s a touch of luxury for just £15, is superbly made and we just love the gold embroidery detail.

Is your make-up scattered about your room or even worse annoying your housemates as it’s hogging the bathroom shelf. Then treat yourself to this delightful velvet cosmetic bag. Even better if your best mate can never find her mascara!

It also makes a lovely gift for a birthday or Christmas present for you Mum, Aunt or sister.

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BAHRU BEADED NECKLACE

We absolutely adore this new line of Barhrhu jewellery and the necklace is the stand out item. It is made up of beads in grey and green tones and cleverly weaves in some clear ones to make a unique and stunning design.

Why not team it up with the drop earrings to create a sophisticated and funky look in the evening. Yet it is still versatile enough to wear on its own during the day.

This beautiful necklace really did get us exciting in Squirrel towers!

OLIVER BONAS TOTE BAG

This is no ordinary tote bag. It is the Oliver Bonas tote bag. It has a capacious interior and a funky orange lining which contrasts with the stylish grey exterior material.

What is an added bonus in a detachable pouch where you can keep your smaller items organised? That is a godsend if you are always losing your keys or phone at the bottom of your bag.

This delightful tote bag is big enough to comfortably carry your laptop and tablet too. A lovely inclusion to the Oliver Bonas range.

SPEAK RIB TIE KNITTED CARDIGAN IN CHARCOAL GREY

As the winter weather gets every chillier, Oliver Bonas has sought to answer the question ‘what shall I wear to snuggle down on the sofa?’.The answer, the speak rib tie-front cardigan!

It comes in a perfect grey and has a lovely knit pattern into it. We love the large tie, which is also knitted and sewn in so you can wrap it around keeping you toasty warm.

You can team with a pair of jeans if you need to pop to the shops and the two deep pockets at the front mean you can easily keep your purse, keys and phone comfortably in there!

It comes in sizes 6 to 16 and is available now.

STAR EARRINGS ARE A SPARKLING NEW ITEM

If you want some earrings that are small but bursting with personality then opt for these stunners which are new to the Oliver Bonas jewellery range.

They have a gorgeous, celestial style about them, are gold plated and are set with an unusual Naos stone.

With the party season upon us, you’ll really shine on with these lovely earrings with that quality Oliver Bonas finish.

CONVERSATION JEWELLERY STAND

If you need a place to keep your jewellery but are averse to a box, then funky Conversation Jewellery Stand is for you.

It looks like you have an abstract sculpture right on your table. The metal part is an on-trend metallic rose gold frame and the base is a satisfyingly heavy marbleesque base made of stone dust.

Decorate your stand with your finest bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings and you’ll be the take of the town. Well, your house at the very least.

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