The first week of May welcomed the third edition of London Craft Week.
Riina O had an honour to participateinthe Leather exhibition, organised by Bill Amberg at the Leathersellers Hall. Hand-picked as one of the fourteen Britain´s finest independent leatherworkers, the selection includedsaddlers, sculptors, bag makers, bookbinders, cordwainers, etc.
During three days, between 4-6th of May, the Leather exhibition was held at the place most suitable for it – the freshly renovated Leathersellers Hall. Completed just last Summer, the hall designed by Eric Parry and finished by Bill Amberg leatherworkers team, the interiors include such details as walls and even the elevator interior covered in veg tan leather, combining the Leathersellers Company´s six-century history with modern luxurious interiors. The London Craft Week Show offered one of the first opportunities for members of the public to set foot inside.
Riina O demonstrated the best of our glove collections, where ages old craftsmanship has been joined with modern technological advantages. The making process could be witnessed at the display of the deconstructed gloves and work tools, as well as at the craft presentation.
On Saturday it was even possible for the public to try the glove making at Riina´s masterclass of a modified design of an archery glove with just two fingers.
The exhibition was supported by the Leathersellers´ partner livery companies, including the Glovers Livery and it was a real pleasure meeting them in person again.
Riina O is delighted to pull back the secrecy curtain and take you “behind the scenes” into our studio, offering a sneak peek of our work process. Let us explain how our leather accessories are made and what is unique about these beautiful products.
Lets have a look at Riina O Leeanne leather bracelet. These beautiful colourful armbands have each an intricate pattern cut in. How are they made? The secret is – advanced waterjet cutting technology.
You may wonder, what is it?
The waterjet cutter is an industrial machine meant for cutting a variety of materials using the high-pressure jet of water. Unbelievable as it sounds, these bracelets have been cut not by a knife or laser, but by water!
Even more surprising is the fact that waterjet cutting technology is normally used for producing parts for manufacturing aeroplanes, cars and vehicles as large as tanks. Well, if they can manage to cut large steel details, small leather bracelets should be “a piece of cake”! Remarkably, cutting such small details is actually trickier than large parts.
The waterjet cutting machine is controlled by the computer that directs it according to the specific design file.
The advantage of this method, compared with laser cutting, for example, is the clean edge finish, cost effectiveness of the production and intricate cutting work. The ecological benefit includes the fact that the water can be recycled using a closed-loop system.
Glad to announce our new leather bracelets are finally here!
In the recent months we have undertaken some serious product development to perfect the design specifics of our new Leeanne bracelet and expand the colour selection. It is to our great delight to exclaim that it has at last been achieved and the bracelets are now available at our online boutique and with a selection of stockists around Europe – and making an appearance in Tokyo next weekend! Stay tuned for more info!
The bracelets come in one size, fitting around the arm with circumference up to 17.5cm and made of thinner and more flexible leather than before.
Leeanne has also got a “little sister” Leah – a very exclusive limited edition line of skinny bracelets, available only online.
My Australian friend, road and track cyclist “It girl” Leeana-Kate James is now sporting one on her races. #WhyBeNormal
The bracelets come packaged in elegant Riina O box with free shipping worldwide.
I would like to present Riina O new product: luxury leather stickers.
The leather stickers (or patches if you prefer) with intricate cut-out pattern promote the DIY and aim to add a personal touch to existing items. It can be anything from a notebook, leather bag or phone cover to leather boots or perhaps even a slightly tired leather jacket that needs “livening up”.
Have a look at our gallery for ideas of how to use them:
We have one sticker to give away across our social media channels. To enter the draw, Like our FB page and share the image on your timeline with tag #riinao.
The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the 5th of April.
As today is officially the first day of Spring(even though it doesn´t really feel like it yet), lets have a look at Riina O new Spring/Summer collection and lift the veil of what was the main source of inspiration for this one.
The collection´s design started off at a nice English rose garden, but pretty soon it took on a life of its own, turning into something that reminded of underwater jungle. Lush teal and forest green shades are sparkled up with luminous beading. Intricately laser cut gloves have taken on jewelry approach, having rich bead and sequin embroidery embellishments.
This season we introduce some new products: elaborate design chunky leather bracelets, adorned with cut out ornaments and some bearing semiprecious stones.
Black leather bracelet is bejeweled with an iridescent Moonstone, while forest green bracelet has an Amethyst on.
The theme was further explored within the collection editorial shoot concept. This season Riina O girl is an enchanting forest nymph, peeking shyly from behind the ivy, with glitter rain levitating in the air.
Last week we had a small clients event at our Estonian stockist –
Oksana Tandit Boutique.
It was a great opportunity to meet our guests in person, talk about the brand, style a few looks and offer a sneak peek of our newest collection, while sipping bubbly.
Riina O is one of the “Guest Designers” currently selling at Oksana Tandit showroom in Tallinn. Other guests include jewelery by Tanel Veenre and bags by Jukocute. If you are in Tallinn, please visit us at Tornimäe 5, for some great Christmas gifts for yourself and your loved ones!