TRUST RALPH & RUSSO TO TAKE THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL, WITH ACCESSORIES THAT REQUIRE INFINITE PATIENCE AND EXEMPLARY CRAFTSMANSHIP.
It was just over a decade ago that Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo bumped into one another (quite literally) on the streets of London. Whether by luck, destiny or coincidence, they kept in touch, and eventually created Ralph & Russo. The brand, which has its roots in haute couture, was impressively welcomed into the coveted Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2013. Their client list reads like a who’s who, including Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian. In addition to their ornate gowns, the brand has expanded its offerings, and now delivers a punch with a line of embellished handbags and shoes. Here are a few of our favourite pieces this season:
This sophisticated letter-shaped bag features an ornate, metallic feather handle that is moulded in wax, patiently carved and then formed into metal. Inspired by the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake princess and the prose of Yeats, this bag can be worn with the chain shoulder strap or the feather handle. Featuring two compartments, the Alina clutch is delightful accompaniment to one’s evening ensemble.
Eden Pumps and Boots
Taking its cues from Ralph & Russo’s haute couture background, the Eden shoe is inspired by embroidery, and is embellished with hand-stitched and hand-cut jewellery. The 12cm high heel, which features a delicate vine design, is so ornate that it takes 24 hours to produce. The filigree leaves in the Eden Heel are also resized and laid out individually, meaning that no two pairs of shoes are the same. Made in Italy, the shoes have a romantic fairytale design.
Eden Strap Clutch
Crafted in France with velvety soft calf napa leather, the Eden Strap Clutch is adorned with gold leaf detailing that unfurls effortlessly across a leather band. The exterior enjoys a smooth, luxurious sheen, as does the inside which is also lined with leather. Whilst the design is feminine, a clutch handle is added for practicality, giving a streamlined, contemporary aesthetic. For those who prefer to keep their hands free, a convenient chain strap can also be used.
An extravagant and ornate showstopper, the Eden Eclipse balances modernity with old world sophistication. The main attraction is the silver leaf handle, which Ralph & Russo’s craftsmen have fashioned to look effortlessly organic and natural. The opulence is heightened with the use of royal blue lizard skin, giving the product a palpable texture. Showcase this pretty little number at the next evening event, and don’t forget to mention that it’s made in France.
Eden Ballerina Pumps
Made in Italy with impeccable craftsmanship, these ballerina shoes are an exemplary example of how Ralph & Russo marries comfort and style. Suitable for everyday wear, the design features a slender silhouette ending with an elegant point in the front. Filigree leaves twist and turn across the body of the shoe, giving the shoes a whimsical, girly flair. These ballerina pumps are ideal for those who prefer subtlety without compromising on style.
On Pedder will be launching Ralph & Russo for the first time in a 2 month pop-up from 23rd of May in the mezzanine at our New World Tower store.
By: Daniel Kong