Thor & Wistle celebrate second anniversary
After a successful two years, and becoming Watch and Jewellery Awards Finalists in several categories for 2014, the boutique celebrated by hosting birthday events in the Club Row, Shoreditch
The evening gave a chance for people to explore the new display, a custom built oak display counter with hexagon cut outs. This represents the first of a series of transformations to open up the back of the store to create more room for self titled Rachel Entwistle and Kamilla Thorsen’s Dynasty Jewellery brands growing collections and to create more room for hosting guest designers.
Activities included hair braiding and nails by The Painted Lady, DJ set by Olivia Sebastianelli, Bacon Jam burgers by Burger Bear and complementary drinks.
Thor & Wistle is a collaborative project between Kamilla Thorsen and Rachel Entwistle of Dynasty and Rachel Entwistle Jewellery. The designers make their creations on site in the studio and work with other UK artists to collaborate and showcase the best of emerging design talent. Both brands pay homage to natural history, entomology, symbolism and mythology.
The East London pair first met in December 2009 in Netil House Studios in London Fields where they shared their first studio space. They went on to collaborate on a pop-up shop on East London’s Columbia Road in 2011 before opening Thor & Wistle in the summer of 2012.
The guest designers are Dominique Lucas, Jana Reinhardt, Kasun London, Pearl & Queenie, Peculiar Vintage, Ros Millar, Smith/Grey, Tessa Metcalfe and Verameat.
The space was designed with up-cycling in mind, utilizing recycled and salvaged materials along with antiques and specimens to create an unusual and atmospheric space. Reminiscent of a curiosity shop or museum, the atelier store is an extension of their design philosophy and inspiration and a welcoming place for people to visit and get to know the inner workings of the brands.
The store has also become low key destination to develop relationships with new celebrity clients who visit to pick up pieces for themselves, family and friends. Celebrity clients have included Florence Welch, Russell Brand, Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes), Emilia Fox and Keira Knightly.