The British multibrand retailer, which hosts a range of emerging designers on its platform, has selected 15 young brands that have incorporated the Austrian crystals into their designs. The labels that have created pieces for the range are Bark, Charlotte Valkeniers, Claudia Baldazzi Jewels, Edge of Ember, Gideon John Jewelry, Hop Skip & Flutter, Kasun, Miss High & Low, Nadia Minkoff, Ona Chan, Ternary London, The Season Hats, Vittorio Ceccoli, Octavia Yang, On aura tout vu and Delphine Charlotte Parmentier.
“Both Swarovski and Wolf & Badger are passionate about supporting emerging design talent,” said Ute Schumacher, director, creative direction and design network of Swarovski Professional. “While Swarovski has the craftsmanship and long history in collaborating with renowned designers, Wolf & Badger knows how to bring products from independent designers to consumers. In short: a perfect symbiosis.”
The Wolf & Badger x Swarovski range features a diverse span of talent. Kasun — a jewelry bestseller for Wolf & Badger — included Swarovski pearls its collaboration while Bok and Baum added Swarovski crystals in a crochet technique, by weaving cotton threads around the Austrian gems and semiprecious stones.
The collection features more than 200 pieces and includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Prices range from 20 pounds, or $25 at current exchange, for a Nadia Minkoff ring to 1,150 pounds, or $1,491, for a Boks & Baum necklace. It will be sold in the retailer’s stores in Mayfair and Notting Hill in London and on their web site.
“We have always admired what they are doing with their fashion collaborations,” said Wolf & Badger creative director and cofounder Henry Graham. “Their support of independent brands is something that we believe is truly important in maintaining a dynamic industry.”
To coincide with the collaboration, London-based designer Katie Eary has crafted a window installation at the stores, which feature a large crystallized cobra as part of the retailer’s autumn/winter Elemental theme.