Our exclusive Whistles x Trekstock collaboration comprises five must-have accessories created by our guest creatives graphic designer and illustrator Kate Moross, jewellery designers Kate Hillier, Maria Francesca Pepe, Bex Rox and fashion designer Holly Fulton. ‘I am delighted that Whistles is supporting Trekstock; the charity’s approach is refreshing and heartfelt and they are able to introduce and share a sensitive subject, cancer in young people, in a way that is accessible and sensitive to their audience. The pieces are beautifully designed and I hope we can help raise awareness and donations a result of this collaboration’. Jane Shepherdson, Whistles CEO All proceeds will be donated to the super worthy Trekstock charity to aid their vital research into cancers that affect young people. Shop the entire collection here
British jewellery designer Katie Hillier is best known for fusing ironic, playful, design with luxe materials, such as black gold and red diamonds. The designer began her career as an accessory consultant for brands including Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, before going on to create her eponymous label. Her latest collection comprises a menagerie of bunny necklaces, elephant rings and butterfly earrings, awash with vivid acid house colour.
What Whistles piece would you style your Trekstock x Whistles ring with?
I would choose the Victoria floral cotton dress, super fun and bright, with a little pop of red enamel on my finger... perfect for London in the sun.
Where did the animal inspiration in your spring/summer 13 collection come from?
Acid house, raves, a summer of love in my early 20’s inspired our spring/summer 13 collection.
What are you excited for this summer?
Extra hours of daylight, blue skies, garden parties and desert island holidays! Shop Hillier here
Designer Bex Manners began her career working for French Vogue and W Magazine as a stylist’s assistant. Inspired to fulfill a niche in the accessories market, Bex taught herself to make jewellery and released her inaugural collection soon after. Since then, the Bex Rox brand has built a strong following that includes influential ambassadors Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo.
What made it on to your moodboard when you were designing the Trekstock x Whistles key ring?
I wanted to design something that was iconic to Bex Rox so lashings of gold and geometric shapes and a multitude of suede cord samples!
How would you style your key ring?
I am going to attach it to the zip of my simple clutch to add an extra touch of luxury to it.
Finish the sentence: London style...
Maria Francesca Pepe
Maria Francesca Pepe’s jewellery designs seem to shape accessory trends. Born out of an array of disparate inspiration, from the 70s disco scene to femme fatale, the designer’s covetable collections have enabled the designer to consult for high-profile brands including Roksanda Ilincic and Urban Outfitters. Her latest Bauhaus-inspired collection for summer 2013 incorporates large-scale square earrings and thickset studded rings. We love your necklace design for the Trekstock x Whistles collaboration.
We love your necklace design for the Trekstock x Whistles collaboration. What was the inspiration behind it?
I have a great appreciation for what Trekstock does and I really wanted to contribute. Medals are the most antique symbols of success. The love and support that Trekstock spread with its initiatives is definitely something to be awarded for. The engravings are inspired by religious Saints medals, all symbolising protection and strength.
What music do you listen to when you’re designing?
I like old school R&B and dub-step stuff.
If you could design a piece of jewellery for anyone who would it be and why?
When I design I don’t think of a person, but of an emotion. Like designing a ring for an engagement, or for a special gift to a special person.
Whether you know it or not, the chances are you have already seen some of Kate Moross’ work. The London-based creator specializes in illustration, graphic design, film and moving image, and produces bespoke design projects for clients including Vogue, Google and Nike. Though each project varies dramatically, the designer confesses to a penchant for freeform lettering, illegible typography and three-sided shapes.
What inspired your design?
I wanted to do something fun with happy messages hiding in it.
What’s your favourite Whistles piece for spring/summer 13?
The blue silk track suit. I keep on telling everyone the tracksuit is the new suit.
Do you have any exciting summer holidays planned?
I am going to South Africa for my grandpa’s 90th Birthday! But the most exciting thing is I am going to Japan in 2014 - I have never been.
Though Holly Fulton’s collections differ drastically from season to season, the designer’s prints are consistently forward thinking and awe-inspiring. Lipsticks, tigers, kaleidoscopic geometrics and crystal palaces have become the defining motifs of her previous collections, along with saturated colour palettes and elaborate jewellery.
What’s your favourite colour combination?
Black and white is my favourite combination. I love bold pattern and strong combinations. It’s classic but also quite timeless. Black and yellow is also good for a stand-out look.
Finish the sentence: spring/summer ’13 is all about...
Being happy. And wearing slick scarves, naturally!
What inspired the print of your Trekstock x Whistles scarf?
I wanted to create something which represented the youth, strength and vitality of Trekstock as a charity. The caring aspect of their work, the time and effort that goes into making it all happen are represented by the use of a heart in the print. Both are devices we have used in our own work so it felt right to marry them for this project.