To coincide with London Fashion Week, Berlin-based jewellery designer Nallik popped into town on Saturday, September 15 to host a trunk show at Wolf & Badger’s Notting Hill boutique.
Jean Balke, the creative mind behind the brand, founded Nallik from her East London flat in 2010 while working as art director for a stock photography agency. She decided to take the leap, quit her job and move to New York to make a living from her jewellery. New York, New York, if you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. By the time she left the Big Apple for Berlin, she had a dozen stockists under her belt, such as notable retailer Anthropologie (part of Urban Outfitters, Inc). Exiting her comfort zone and starting anew runs through the East German-born artist’s life like a thread. During the 1980s, before the fall of the Berlin wall, a six-year-old Jean and her parents packed up their life in the socialist regime and managed to escape to freedom in West Germany.
Balke seems to have the golden touch. Her strong visual aesthetic is embedded in her extraordinary jewellery designs that contain a simple idea in a sophisticated composition. Just like nothing is identical in nature, every necklace and ring is unique. They combine brass or silver with precious or semi precious stones whose minerals are believed to have healing and empowering qualitities to their wearers – a ‘protection’ or ‘nurturing in a loving way’, so to speak, or ‘nallik’ in Inuit.
Wolf & Badger act as a mentor for many up and coming designers. The independent fashion retailer offers a platform for creators to showcase their collections on temporary contracts, seeking talent from all over the world to sell in their boutiques in London’s Dover Street and Notting Hill, with an oversea branch in Montenegro. Their portfolio includes London talent, such as Mark Fast, Bora Aksu and Jean-Pierre Braganza.
The atmosphere at this Notting Hill location was very warm and positive, not least helped by the sweet sales staff and charismatic designer. Visitors sipped champagne as the jewellery twinkled summer’s last sun rays around the shop.
This event was advertised online on Because London.