Natalia Brilliant

Natalia Brilliant

Ho ho ho… I laugh at my own clever wit with the title of this post.  I’m SURE nobody has ever thought of that one!  Terrible word play aside, the truth is in the title as I can attest to Natalia Brilli’s brilliance.  I’ve met the woman, seen her at work, seen her teach/mentor and also looked at the goods.  The whole shebang.  Together with her partner Lionel Vandenbemden, Natalia Brilli as a brand has carved out a niche for itself in accessories.  A jeweller that I interviewed pointed out a very salient truth about jewellery; that the collections don’t need to change or run with trends like fashion and in that way there can be a very distinct and sometimes obvious signature.  In other words, there is nothing wrong with repetition.

In Brilli’s case, it’s leather and lots of it!  Covering beads in a taut fashion, a trademark has been formed.  For her new collection the leather changes up in palette into yellow, metallicised olive/navy, forest green and a bright blue, inspired by photos of bacteria, which also lends itself to the clusters of circular formations.  Other key details though come through in the knitted leather, twisted strands, both sharp and soft feathers and leather that has been chemically treated so that it is speckled and shiny.


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For men, the constant literal plays continue and there’s even less of a trend infiltration.  Afterall why ruin a good thing when you have objects like the wildly successful ‘Nolex’.  Also here lies my new source of tasteful all-rounder gifts….the grown up version of the gift vouchers I used to buy for people I hadn’t a clue to buy for… oh well so much for Christmas surprises.


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  1. Jen

    2008-10-23 at 10:58 PM

    wow! i really love the accessories especially the cuff link bracelet and leather necklace.

  2. Becca

    2008-10-23 at 10:59 PM

    Gorgeous! Especially the blue necklace, and those bags! So great!

  3. KD

    2008-10-23 at 11:12 PM

    Again with the “original” wordplay: lovely leather!

  4. clairegrenade

    2008-10-23 at 11:19 PM

    her materials are amazing!!
    the textures & colors are surprisingly earthy
    & i absolutely adooooooooore the laptop case
    great blog, dahhling!

  5. Hailey

    2008-10-23 at 11:52 PM

    Love all the solid color accessories!!

  6. hek

    2008-10-24 at 1:02 AM

    Oh god, how I love that knitted leather!

  7. Pavitra

    2008-10-24 at 3:01 AM

    This is absolutely superb! While the mens’ accessories are really fun and contemporary , the chunky silver neck pieces are very classic and really resonate with my South Asian aesthetic sensibilities.
    Very cool.

  8. Pavitra

    2008-10-24 at 3:02 AM

    This is absolutely superb! While the mens’ accessories are really fun and contemporary , the chunky silver neck pieces are very classic and really resonate with my South Asian aesthetic sensibilities.
    Very cool.

  9. Prêt à Porter P

    2008-10-24 at 3:33 AM

    o gosh! thank you for this. i love her stuff. but im too poor to be able to afford any of it right now…
    i hate the american economy right now

  10. Brigadeiro

    2008-10-24 at 4:06 AM

    Ooh, that yellow necklace’s just gorgeous! I’ve signed up to be notified when online shopping becomes available, love the collections!

  11. Songy

    2008-10-24 at 9:00 AM

    They are fantastical. I’m totally with you.

  12. Carl Starling

    2008-10-24 at 9:26 AM

    I’m loving the mens line – and you’re right, so perfect for Xmas gifts – do you know when/where they go on sale? I really wanna get some!!

  13. missmilki

    2008-10-24 at 1:31 PM

    Cool! I’ll have that yellow necklace and one of the black feather neckpieces please!

  14. Sal

    2008-10-24 at 3:15 PM

    Damn. I’d give my right arm for that yellow necklace.

  15. zana

    2008-10-24 at 6:01 PM

    Natalia Brilli makes work that causes me to gasp. Each one is like a tiny artwork…and the leather transforms them into such fetishized objects!

  16. lady coveted

    2008-10-24 at 6:01 PM

    wow… these are incredible! i love the audaciousness of it all…

  17. Tailorstitch

    2008-10-24 at 9:05 PM

    i love those feathery earrings…and the mens accessories are so different…i wonder if she does anything like that for womens purses.

  18. Sister Wolf

    2008-10-25 at 10:17 PM

    Why didn’t I get the deerhead handbag, Susue? It’s the mistake of a lifetime. SHit!

  19. Dahlia

    2008-10-26 at 1:41 AM

    Ay ay… I used a similar title (though in French) for a small article I’ve written for a publication. It’s been sent on Tuesday though. Oh well, I guess we are as clever!

  20. kk

    2008-10-26 at 1:01 PM

    i love the braiding on those…fantastic. i want one of the bracelets so badly.

  21. evie

    2008-10-27 at 11:13 AM

    mmm… loving the feather pieces…

  22. Jael

    2008-10-31 at 4:13 PM

    I’m going to try to make that feather choker.

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