The gastronomic themes roll on for Melbourne jewellery designer Lucy Folk, who launched her latest collection of foodie jewellery in Los Angeles last week. Broadsheet was there as Folk – along with an abundance of tropical fruit – took over Melrose boutique Tenoversix.
Tropicalismo is a summer celebration of love and culture, inspired by Folk’s honeymoon in Brazil during Carnival. The 30-piece collection is as much a tribute to the rhythms of the fiesta, as it is to her enduring fascination with food. Past collections have included Pizza, Bento, Pasta and Taqueria. Hungry yet?
Crocheted fruit (pineapples in metallic thread are a particular highlight), citrus slices in resin and watermelon pips in precious metals all offer up Folk’s signature irreverence. But despite the cute appeal, Folk’s pieces are serious in their design and manufacture, with the designer experimenting with different techniques, artisans and materials for each collection.
Tropicalismo, for example, has Folk playing with resin for the first time. To achieve something fresh, she collaborated with Melbourne artist Kate Rohde on a unique layering technique. The result is like a tonal bleed, giving many of the pieces, such as Blood Orange Cocktail Earrings, a sweetness of colour.
Not unlike her brand, Folk curates events to the tiniest of details (handwriting cocktail lists, sourcing aprons for waiters and even hand-drawing moustaches on bar staff when called for). Despite her tight control over her wholesale market, she has an enviable list of stockists including Colette in Paris, Harvey Nichols and Matches in the UK, and Steve Alan and Barneys New York in the United States. Locally, there’s Koskela, Incu, Pieces of Eight and her own flagship store.
Part of her success, she believes, is that the brand is accessible and attainable. Plus, there’s a story behind every piece. For example, a chain necklace of powder coated steel and gold plating called Sex on the Beach, leaves little to the imagination.
Tropicalismo will be available from Lucy Folk stockists from July 2013.