SPECIALTY PRINTS: London- and Paris-based jeweler Anabela Chan has teamed with Bernhardt Design on a textile range for the furniture design company, which launches on Sept. 21.
“Although it is quite different from my jewelry brand, it felt like a perfect project and progression for me,” said Chan. “My jewelry is very descriptive and often tells a story, an entire fairytale that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Creating a universal textile is about taking only the essence of your idea and imagining it in the simplest form — where it only hints at the subject rather than describes it.”
A former designer for prints and embroidery for Alexander McQueen, celebrities including Rita Ora, FKA Twigs and Lady Gaga don Chan’s jewelry. With a background in architecture and couture textiles, creating a textile range came organically for Chan, who was inspired by travel and nature. “Our goal was to produce five designs for the first collection,” said Chan. “So I needed to narrow my inspirational focus. I could have designed countless patterns that were based on jewelry themes, but I wanted to touch on other interests that are also important to me. I decided to focus on my butterfly sculptures, my love of exotic birds, and jewels in various forms.”
The Anabela Chan Textile Collection for Bernhardt Design is an upholstery textile collection, which includes five designs. Monarch, which features a butterfly print, was designed with cotton, linen and a variety of specialty yarns in six colors. Inspired by rare birds that Chan collects, Feather was created with a range of yarn. Meanwhile, Facet, which took cues from loose gemstones, was woven from a mix of cotton, rayon and nylon. Opal was designed with polyester, rayon and metallic novelty yarns while Pearl was constructed from soft, heathered polyester.
The textiles can be purchased at Brands Ltd. Prices range from $43 a yard for Pearl to $64 a yard for Monarch.
The jewelry designer will be teaming with Lane Crawford Hong Kong on an exclusive capsule range for fall. Chan will also launch a philanthropic initiative called “A Book for a Jewel,” and with every piece of jewelry sold, the brand will donate a book. Chan aims to build libraries for disadvantaged children in developing countries. Next year, the jeweler plans to expand on retail partnerships and will open her second stand-alone boutique. Launched in 2013 by Chan, her jewelry range is sold at her store in London and has a showroom in Paris.