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London, United Kingdom, 2010/02/11 - Nathalie Kabiri’s latest discovery this season is Ali Forbes. Inspired by Southern America and a childhood love of meccano, Ali Forbes’ collection of brooches adds to Kabiri’s strong design charm.
Ali Forbes is a Glaswegian jewellery designer based in London. She is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, and the winner of the ITS# 8 Swarovski Crystallized Award. She is currently working for Swarovski in Wattens, Austria.
The nostalgic aesthetic of the Southern States of America combines with Forbe's practical interest in bicycles, mechanical objects, livery and customization, and industrical materials and processes, form the basis of this collection of steel & leather jewellery kits.
Ali lived in Alabama when She was 17, and revisiting it just before She started to design the collection was one of her inspirations. She also looked at modular kits such as the one her father had as a boy, such as meccano and airfix. She also took inspiration from working as a bicycle messenger, the mechanics of the bicycle, and the customisation you see within a community that loves to get outdoors and ride on two wheels. Ali wanted to make pieces the wearer can change and adapt depending on their mood.
She said her biggest jewellery inspiration is generally the places that she lives in. Currently living in Austria, She is looking into Austrian folklore. Other inspirations are Gwen Stefani in the 90’s and Patricia Arquette as Alabama Whitman in True Romance, and musicians like Slash, and Brian Fallon, John Reiss from Rocket From The Crypt, and Eddie Spaghetti from the Supersuckers. “I find musicians’ style the biggest influence”, Ali said.
Known to be the ‘go-to’ place for designer jewellery, Kabiri is always the first to introduce fresh talent to the UK market. Nathalie Kabiri created Kabiri in 2004 as a way to showcase the top jewellery designers from across the globe. Each season she selects new designers and new collections that fit into her chosen trends.
Kabiri’s reputation amongst both clients and designers, many of whom choose to remain exclusive to Kabiri, has led them to extend their reach to other hand-picked venues. In addition to the original Marylebone designer jewellery store Kabiri has also unveiled a concession in Selfridges, Oxford Street and, most recently in 2008, a Kabiri flagship store in the heart of Covent Garden.
Kabiri designer jewellery (kabiri.co.uk) has bounded onto the runway of digital chic with its newly redesigned online jewellery store, modestly conveying its eclectic and unusual style while continuing to expose the exclusive collections of new designers to a wider audience of astute jewellery customer.