Bold acrylic skull cuffs part of jewellery design collaboration.

Jewellery designer Nicholas King has created an exclusive collection for Freedom, Topshop’s in-house jewellery brand, as part of a project involving a number of jewellery design talents.

King, who launched his experimental collections of acrylic cuffs, bangles and pendants in 2008, was approached by Topshop after showing at London Fashion Week in September. He says the turnaround of the collection has been one of the most fast-paced he has had.


“It was short turn project as I was approached by [Topshop] the day before London Fashion Week, so it was all hands on deck for a few weeks to design it, get it approved and in the store,” King exclusively told Professional Jeweller.

“They had spotted my pieces along the way at various stores in London and came by to see me at London Fashion Week. I felt strongly that the pieces needed to be funky and young and to be set apart from my main collection and, after meetings with them, they had also suggested that this was the way forward.”

The range of heart and skull jewellery in bright pinks and turquoises was described King as something “fun and quirky”. It has lower price points than his typical pieces, starting at £49 and reaching £108.

“[The collection] is a one off with them for the moment. The concept was a pop-up shop within the Freedom jewellery department in Oxford Street, London. They had Zoe & Morgan, Henry Holland and others in place. Who knows in the future what may come of it but it has been exciting for me to be involved with and I hope it leads on to other exciting projects.” King said.

The jewellery will be in-store at the Oxford Circus branch from November 4 and will run through until December. King’s work will sit alongside pieces by fellow fashion jewellery designers Maria Francesca Pepe and Lucy Hutchings.

He has previously worked with designers including John Galliano, Donna Karan and Alexis Bittar. King’s collection use a technique of encasing objects, fabric and sequins into resin, all of which are hand-crafted in London. His new collection showcased at Fashion Week includes resin bangles set with zips, mother of pearl buttons and skull-and-cross-bone studs.

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