In 2019 RÄTHEL & WOLF were nominated for the Accessories prize at the Hyères Festival in France where we met Canadian fashion designer Marie-Ève Lecavalier and later collaborated on accessories for their SS20 collection. Our design took on elements of Lecavalier’s signature psychedelic swirls inspired by the music and styling of the 1970s. Playing with the boundaries of perception, we included glass elements, to reflect and refract against Lecavalier’s hypnotic prints. Each glass piece was hand-blown by a Canadian glass designer and all crystals were sponsored by Swarovski.
Timothy Han / Edition
London based Timothy Han/ Edition first collaborated with us when he scented the space for our multi sensory SINN show. Timothy Han/ Edition takes a progressive approach to perfumery with fragrance designed to take you on a journey, each scent evolves on your skin allowing a unique story to unfold. For this collaboration we created a jewellery vial holder for the perfume bottles of Timothy Han/ Edition’s “discovery set”. Made from sterling silver, the design is a versatile statement piece that can be worn as a necklace or detached from the chain and clipped to accessorise bags or trouser loops. Every order comes with it’s own discovery set of 5 fragrances, each inspired by a classic novel.
Swarovski x Paula Knorr
Paula Knorr has been a long time collaborator of RÄTHEL & WOLF since we studied together at the Royal College of Art and were both recipients of the renowned ITS award. Inspired by Knorr’s approach to female empowerment and luxury, our crystal cluster pieces, sponsored by Swarovski, were created to highlight the bold glamour of her designs.
This collaboration with Paula Knorr uses strong lines to draw volumes around the body, accentuating the sensual movements and draping of her AW18 collection.
In 2017 we collaborated with menswear designer and Royal College of Art graduate Charlotte McDonald (CMMC). Her “Interference" collection is a personal enquiry into tensions of identity, and pre-conceived expectations of masculinity. Inspired by the social codes and cultural narratives of boys training clubs, we created sets of sterling silver, tubular forefinger rings, echoing the hand tape used by boxers in fighting. Taking on concepts associated with the wearing of uniforms, the pieces become markers for a space beyond body and object. The tubular rings became signature RÄTHEL & WOLF pieces.
These designs for Paula Knorr take on large, oval forms influenced by jewellery staples. Shapes of signet rings or cameos are exaggerated to push our traditional relationship with jewellery beyond its limitations.