Olivia PalermoApril 2017
Boutique Spotlight: Wolf & Badger
Wolf & Badger is an independent boutique concept with a simple manifesto: to showcase a curated selection of global underground pearls. These are brands that are yet to be discovered but ones which produce a mystifying array of chic, yet ethically and environmentally conscious products. One will find anything from jewelry, fashion, accessories, to homeware and beauty products – common theme is newness, disruption, and limited availability.
Wolf & Badger was founded in 2009 by brothers Henry & George Graham. What started out as a small concept boutique has grown into a complete phenomenon and is now home to over 700 of the world’s best designers just waiting to be discovered. Henry and George still carefully select artisans from all over the world and work with them to promote, empower and celebrate their collections. Wolf & Badger is famous for their unique collaborations – one that received global attention was their partnership with Swarovski on a curated jewelry capsule platform, where 15 of their emerging brands were selected to incorporate the Austrian crystals into their designs. Jewelry designer Nadia Minkoff created a Swarovski ring retailing at £1,150.
A few of our favorite brands at Wolf & Badger are the JLEW Bags – handcrafted in New York, it’s the incredible transferability and functionality of the bags that really sets them apart. We also love Dede Johnston’s fine bone china. Johnson is a fine art photographer who started crafting fine china cups, saucers, bowls, plates inspired by motifs from her acclaimed 2008 photograph ‘Crowded Slopes’. And for travel necessities, we pick Ebby Rane’s beautifully-crafted, meticulously-appointed luggage collection available exclusively at Wolf & Badger. Another secret gem available on Wolf & Badger is a label called Klements – a luxury collection of printed scarves and womenswear designed by Charlotte Allen. Klements was recently asked by The British Museum to create a print inspired by the museum and its collections. The result was a kimono/kaftan featuring a print inspired by Gayer Anderson Cat, The Townley Venus, Sphynx, Egyptian treasures mixed in with hand paintings from pottery of unknown artists showcased in the museum.
Their current two-store empire in London is expanding to North America – with a new flagship location on Grand Street in SoHo, New York now open. In addition to many unique global finds, this location will carry limited edition pieces made exclusively for the Wolf & Badger’s U.S. flagship.