British jewellery icon Stephen Webster has collaborated with Thames founder and British Artist, Blondey McCoy.
Titled ‘Thames by Stephen Webster’, the capsule collaboration collection combines all the contemporary design style associated with Thames, together with the traditional jewellery-making techniques which have become synonymous with Stephen Webster.
Drawing from Webster’s own experience as an apprentice in Hatton Garden during the late 70s, which he likens to “going through his collection of punk records”, the collection comprises six rings, two single earrings, two pendants, a chain and a bracelet, all crafted in 14ct yellow gold.
The star-like ‘T’ from the Thames logo features as a motif throughout the collection, whether translated into the link of a bracelet, set with citrine, inlayed with onyx and oxblood ceramic enamel on rings, or embossed on drop earrings.
Razor blades see the Thames logo expertly laser cut into gold and onyx; Thames TV – the network which served London from the 60s to early 90s – is illustrated by a checkerboard-cut citrine set into a striking ring; and Piccadilly’s beloved silhouette of Eros adorns one side of the ‘For Love Nor Money’ spinning pendant and sovereign, the other of which is a Thames coat of arms.
Commenting on the collaboration, Webster says: “I first met Blondey several years ago when, as a young member of London’s skateboarding scene, he and his peers were reaching out to all those who could to spread the word regarding the importance of preserving the skate park at South Bank. Fast forward a few years, and we are crossing each other’s paths more frequently. Blondey often sports a coloured stone signet ring from our ‘Beasts of London’ collection. The ring is full of the intricate details and traditional techniques we routinely employ, but are often overlooked in modern jewellery design. It was this shared passion for craftsmanship that led one evening to the idea of a collaboration which, given the underlying spirit of our two otherwise very different brands, makes complete sense.”
Blissfully aware of the sudden synchronicity between high fashion and street style, Thames founder and British Artist Blondey McCoy is particularly proud of the collection.
McCoy comments: “I’ve always thought that, beyond good-enough clobber often coming from them, co-branded projects are rendered somewhat pointless if the product is something that either party could have produced independently. In a time in which anyone that cares to be is bombarded with ‘Tee Shirt Brand x Tee Shirt Brand’ branded tee shirts, I hope that Thames’s name in gold, diamonds and gem stones provides a breath of fresh air from the tedium of fashion.”
The collection is accompanied by a campaign which sees Blondey McCoy through the lens of British photographer Alasdair McLellan in both Blondey’s and UK skateboarding’s rightful home: the safe and sound London South Bank.