Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine with their MBEs outside Buckingham Palace Photo: @tattydevine
Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the two women behind jewellery brand Tatty Devine, today collected their MBEs for services to the fashion industry from Buckingham Palace.
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“Receiving our MBEs today is undoubtedly the proudest achievement of our careers to date,” the pair said in a joint statement. “We’ve always been driven to create new, original and exciting jewellery, so to be formally recognised in this way is just incredible.”
Harriet recalled her brief conversation with the “delightful” Prince Charles as he presented her with her award, saying: “He said to me ‘How long have you been going?’ and I said ’14 years’. Then he said ‘Well it’s obviously working! Are you wearing anything you designed?’ and I just pointed to my ‘Giant Dinosaur’ necklace, he said ‘aha! I see! Fabulous!'”
The duo founded the brand in 1999 shortly after graduating from Chelsea College of Art, where they both gained degrees in Fine Art. Though now best know for their Perspex, laser-cut pieces, their first creations were leather wrist cuffs made from a bag of discarded leather samples. “We turned the leather into wrist cuffs that we sold on our stalls at Portobello and Spitalfields markets. They quickly appeared in the Millennium issue of Vogue , alongside Galliano and Kate Moss, and we were soon selling to Harvey Nichols, Urban Outfitters and Whistles in the space of just a few months,” they commented.
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The brand is now stocked in over 250 outlets around the world and has more than doubled its turnover in the last three years, a trend they expect to see continue with the opening of new retail spaces in 2014.
To celebrate the MBEs, the ‘Classic’ collection is now on sale – a line of jewellery considered ‘quintessentially Tatty Devine’ and drawn from the design archives, recent collections, plus some brand new pieces. Chosen from over two thousand creations spanning the past 13 years of their creative partnership, only the most meaningful made it into this set of all-time favourites.
The duo in their studio. Photos: Getty