London is the current epicenter of fashion refinement, and a place where a new generation of well-known-to-be, belligerent designers are stealing the spotlight and inviting attention. 25-year-old British designer, Alice Horlick, is one of them. On her way to completing a BA in Womenswear from the London College of Fashion, Horlick realized that her true passion lies in fine leather craftsmanship and proceeded to build a luxury accessories label titled AEVHA London.
The label specialises in Italian artisan-made handbags of the finest leathers, furs, and exotic skins with Horlick’s signature constructive aesthetic. “Whilst I use upcoming trends as a starting point, the design process quickly takes over and my fascination for details and textures takes the lead “, she explains of her creative approach. AEVHA London debut Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection is conceptually quite neutral, yet stridently multifariousness. She uses black leather as the milieu, and adds bespoke embossing, hand carved camel bone intricacies, quilting embellishments, and knottily patterned stitching to bring these pieces to a new-fangled standard of cool. The hand-carved camel bone accessories make each purse inimitable, and a true collectible. And if that’s not enough, Horlick has recently collaborated with a celebrated British abstract expressionist painter, Ben Mosley, to produce a limited edition capsule collection of printed silk clutches. The refrain of the collection is drawn from Mosley’s original acrylic on canvas painting of the London Southbank.
Horlick’s habit of juxtaposing high-level design details with precise shapes and monochromatic colors, seems to result in a line-up of highly wearable, surprisingly timeless pieces – which still have that certain inherited London edge.