Our laser-cut wing collars are one of our most popular products – Press and our customers love them and so do we!
I’ve been asked many times how I designed them and the inspiration behind them. Funnily enough, it was one of my closest friends who gave me the idea. I was designing some new laser-cut pieces, and was working on an idea with wings. Everything I first sketched out just didn’t seem to work and I was complaining about it to my friend. All it took was one comment from her: “What about wings that wrap all the way around your neck? That would be kind of cool!” As soon as she said that, the idea started to take place and I started to draw out a new design.
This was actually a really difficult process! I’m not a great illustrator so I found it a bit tricky to draw wings that looked realistic, but still edgy. I researched a lot of different types of wings and took elements from different birds. I then scanned this really rough hand-drawn image into the computer and set to work, tweaking and changing it until it looked right. It then took a few more tweaks to get it the right size and dimensions to wear around the neck. It took a really long time to get it right!
I had this great leather I had bought that had a fantastic scrunched up metallic look, with the suede underside a completely different colour. I loved this contrast, and knew pretty early on that I wanted all the collars to be reversible so you could choose which colour to wear depending on your outfit.
I tested different fabrics and leathers but in the end decided to use only a few types of leathers that would sit on the neck properly.
I finished them with silver-plated chain and toggle closures. I wanted to keep them quite feminine and simple and not overdo it with extra embellishments.
One of the collars is actually named after my friend who first gave me the idea!
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