(Designers Natalie + Cole -- Images of Fall 2013 collection)
“In the end, we are all just bones and feathers.”
- Bones and Feathers Collective -
Yes, it’s true . . . every girl needs a “fox and chain necklace” by Bones and Feathers Collective. I’m blown away and totally inspired by their fall, 2013, jewelry collection. Two amazing women, Natalie and Cole, started this Los Angeles company in 2010, and the collection just keeps getting better and better. The vibe of the line is impeccable - hand crafted, magnetic, real. I love their creative concept of combining indigenous styles with a modern day twist. It all, perfectly, taps into the contemporary zeitgeist; like true artwork, it pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in society. For instance, their cast snake and fox vertebrae, create marvelous designs that are unique, beautiful and unexpected. I love jewelry that holds a deep statement; that feels increasingly rare in today's mass produced world. These talented ladies were kind enough to share, with us, a bit more about their creative process. I hope you find it as refreshing as I do. For me, It was just the spark that I needed to get excited about life again.
Name(s): Natalie and Cole of Bones and Feathers Collective
Five words that sum up Bones and Feathers Collective? Wild. Macabre. Ethereal. Raw. Elegant.
How did Bones and Feather Collective begin?
Natalie: I was driving in the car with a designer I was interning for at the time and he told me that he thought I should start an accessories line. I texted Cole, asking her if she wanted to start one together, and she said, "Yes! We'll make things out of bones and feathers!" We liked the way the words flowed together, so we decided to keep it.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the current collection. What is inspiring you lately?
This collection's inspiration is 90s supermodel meets Rihanna meets your Sicilian grandmother, but in a good way. As of late...we've been inspired by Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, black panthers, collared necklaces, and our Sicilian grandmothers.
Fill in the blank . . . Every girl needs . . . our fox and chain necklace!
If you could travel on a magic carpet, where would you go? To various islands in the South Pacific.
What is your idea of happiness? Being artistically and emotionally fulfilled.