ENCHANTED POMEGRANATES & BONITA BANANAS
NOW IN THE GALLERY!
Created especially for a cultural exchange pop-up event in Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, this mini collection was designed by Rosita Bonita in response to an ‘identity box' sent to her by her exchange partner, Japanese fashion brand RBTCXO.
Amongst the pile of objects & ephemera in the box was a small dried pomegranate, a large stuffed patchwork banana, an iridescent vinyl wristband, some monochrome drawings of birds and a bag of assorted googly eyes.
Though literally a mixed bag of components, she translated these motifs into a collection of enchanted fruit adornments in a classic Rosita Bonita mould, but incorporated new materials to reflect RBTXCO's playful and textural designs.
Pomegranates in dappled pink & red leather are printed with shimmering holographic foil, bursting with magical seeds in a bewitching bright blue, or iridescent lilac. And Bunches of bonita bananas in collaged yellow & blue leathers are printed with streaks of shiny eye-catching gold, and hung from simple golden hooks.
Natural meets unnatural, soft meets hard, matt meets high shine, beauty meets humour and tradition meets the future.
Available now to buy from Anne Morgan Jewellery.
Bosita Banana Necklace £120 // Earrings £39
Enchanted Pomegranates Charm Necklace £89 // Earrings £42
Pearly Bird Earrings £42
Rosita Bonita is the glamorous alter-ego of designer Rowenna Harrison, born in the balmy spring of 2010 after some fruitful screen-printing tests on leather.
The resulting prints - delicate drawings of bounteous fruits, blooming blossom & feasting hummingbirds - once carefully cut out and collaged together - became the first Rosita Bonita collection, Orchard.
A lifelong love of drawing and making have equipped the designer with a unique visual language, teamed with an experimental and hands-on approach to materials and techniques, which have forged Rosita Bonita a distinct and alluring identity - charming customers, press & stockists ever since.
Inspiration comes from glamorous fantasies of past times & faraway lands, & encompasses icons of folklore, myth & legend. With these influences, and a pervading sense of dreamy fun, Rosita Bonita creates tactile printed leather statement jewellery, which is at once nostalgic & novel.