It’s always exciting when a venerable heritage brand teams up with an electrically youthful upstart, and that’s exactly the case (get it?) with Wolf x Bea Bongiasca. This new design collaboration takes the former’s flair for elegant jewelry storage and travel accessories with the latter’s whimsical esprit for an 11-piece, limited-edition collection that seems tailor-made for jewelry collectors. Especially those who love color.
The collaboration is also uniquely appealing to consumers familiar with Bea’s unique aesthetic: technicolor enamel twisted and shaped into asymmetrical, playful, and irreverent concepts dotted with diamonds and bold colored gems. Her jewelry embraces a kind of 21st-century pop artistry; the boxes she’s developed for Wolf are rooted in groovy 1970s culture with kaleidoscopic patterns and color combinations (think raspberry sherbet, acid green, and the juiciest yellows).
The collection consists of jewelry boxes, jewelry trays with lids, and travel-ready mini jewelry cases. All feature luxurious velour and embroidered microsuede with vegan leather accents, making them free of animal products.
Aside from the good-looking exteriors, the interiors of each item were carefully considered and specially developed by Bongiasca with help from her cousin, who is an architect. Together they figured out the best ways to maximize jewelry storage in a finite (and often petite) amount of space, with special thought given to the scale of the jewels that might live there and the inclusion of design elements to mitigate scratching and overcrowding in the compartments.
Wolf is a fifth-generation, family-owned leather accessories design house that has been in operation since 1834 and has offices in the United States, U.K., and Asia. “Bea sees her jewelry as wearable art. At Wolf, we have looked at jewelry boxes as pieces of art since the brand’s inception,” said Simon Wolf, CEO of Wolf, said in a statement.
Since launching her brand a few year ago, Bongiasca has developed a strong celebrity following including Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox, Camila Cabello, and many others.
“We were looking for a different approach to jewelry boxes and I was eager to find the most unique and practical home for my jewelry collection, and the result from our partnership together is the most joyous and beautiful boxes,” the Milan-based designer said in a statement.
Currently for sale on Wolf’s and Bongiasca’s websites, the collection will soon be available at Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion as well as a select group of retail partners (priority is being given to stores that carry Bongiasca’s jewelry line, including Reinhold Jewelers).
Top: A topsy-turvy pattern and color palette distinguishes the Wolf x Bea Bongiasca collection of jewelry boxes, $120–$777 each.
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