The partnership behind cult jewellery brand Tatty Devine have made the 2013 New Year’s Honours List. Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine have been collaborating under the Tatty Devine label since 1999 and still run the company independently, designing all the pieces themselves. The stuff is still made here too. Best of British, whatwhat!
The pair met on a Fine Art degree course at the Chelsea School of Art and started off making bracelets from leather samples to sell on their market stall. Through sheer talent, diligence and entrepreneurship they have slogged hard to build a brand that now features in Vogue and sells in Selfridges and is popular from Japan to Australia and across Europe. Well done those girls.
Their MBE is being given for services to the fashion industry and well deserved it is too, developing a worldwide brand from a Spitalfields market stall is no mean feat.
They are best known for their Perspex silhouette designs – especially the name necklaces which were splashed all over the fash mags a few years back - but there is plenty for the vintage lover in their catalogue too. 2012 saw a range featuring Jubilee inspired crown designs as well as some delicious art deco leopard jewellery in a delicious hark back to the Bakelite gimcracks we all hanker for.
In a statement the pair have said:
"We are very proud and honoured to be awarded in this year's list. We want to thank all our customers for their support. Tatty Devine has now become a small but important contributor to the UK economy, and we are proud to represent British design and manufacturing around the world. Everything about Tatty Devine is a result of the collaboration and friendship between us. It's brilliant we're getting these medals together."
Speaking of statements I’m in love with their vintage inspired style and Harriet’s ever changing barnet.
As well as selling incredible jewellery Tatty Devine also runs the occasional free workshop – the next being a FREE glitter heart brooch making session on Saturday 2 February at their Brick Lane store. No need to book – just drop in between 11 – 3. I’ll be there for sure – I need something for to wear for the Ric Rac club Valentines. J
are also previewing their Spring Summer collection on 31 January with 10% off all jewellery on the night! 5pm – 8pm at their Brick Lane
So – to finish I’d like to show you some pieces which I think show some vintage influence and one which I have just decided to purchase. Oh yes.
|Anchor necklace £12|
|Gin cuff links £30|
|Leopard head large brooch £44 (mine mine mine!)|