Our new Rarity zip-top clutch feather handbag is inspired by feathers and the trend for transparency, as with many trends there is often a subliminal human need, comment or emotion informing how the design community responds at a more literal level, and it’s great to know that there is a collective subconscious thread that informs the design of things.
Why use feathers for transparent design?
We love the idea of transparency as a design element, but at Rarity, we do not work in traditionally transparent materials such as glass and plastic, but rather our focus has been on natural leathers and repurposed indigenous hides- neither material lending itself to our new found design inspiration! Being advocates of transparent business principles, and making sure these are implemented and integral to our work ethic, it became a challenge to for us to translate this trend into a workable and covetable product while remaining true to our materials and look. After a brief moment of conceptualising feathers on a plastic base, we realised that perhaps everyone seeing all the contents of your evening bag may be pushing the concept of transparency too far! It also strayed too far from for our philosophy of using honest, natural materials.
Experimenting with Feathers in Handbags
What did emerge is that feathers are by nature slightly transparent and that by using contrasting colours the effect of seeing through was achievable! Establishing how to effect the deliberate layering of colours to create a haziness, while maintaining a sophisticated and usable look took a little time, and a lot of experimenting.
Rarity now offers the Hanna feather purse in a selection of five colours using, fashion colours under a more neutral top layer. The design element is pushed further by the combination of different kinds of materials because at Rarity we like the fact that different materials can be combined successfully, and as a signature design element in many of our products, we know that you like this as well.