ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Leonie Branston is a London based fashion designer who began her career at Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan before moving to New York to design for Calvin Klein and later J.Crew.
In 2001 she returned to London to design for luxury British brands. Leonie continues to consult for Margaret Howell in tandem to designing and developing Ferian.
The design of Ferian bags and jewellery applies the same principles as those applied by Leonie to the creation of flattering enduring clothes, combining carefully chosen natural materials that remain timeless and grow more desirable as their character is expressed by generations of discerning ownership.
Ferian takes its name from the Old English for ‘to carry ’ and particularly referenced passage over water (hence Ferian’s Naval flag insignia).
The Ferian Insignia – the history of the Flags
The Ferian flags represent England in Naval flag signalling system and symbolise our commitment to British manufacturer. The ‘Marine Vocabulary’ was devised by Rear-Admiral Home Popham in 1804 and enabled Nelson to send his famous signal before Trafalgar.
The system is functional, intelligent and visually elegant. All the qualities that Ferian strives to attain in its design and execution.
Ferian bags are made in the West Midlands of England using hand-worked saddlery techniques that established the factory’s reputation in the 1800s. The finest full grain skins are vegetable-dyed in Worcestershire and slowly enriched by hand with natural oils and waxes that protect and enhance the bridle leather
Symbolising England, the Ferian insignia is engraved on hand modelled fittings cast in solid brass, using the lost wax process, by Ferian’s London foundary.
These time proven materials and techniques create a collection of enduring modern bags that over time will acquire a unique patina reflecting the character and travels of their owner.
Ferian jewellery is hand made in London, England. Each design is produced in limited quantities using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. The original ‘master’ artefact is cast in wax and its form replaced in the resultant mould by molten metal. After cooling each piece is hand polished, assembled by skilled craftspeople and finally the noble metals hallmarked in Hatton Garden, London, to complete a collection of exclusive, timeless, practical jewellery.
The Wedgwood collection revives scarce vintage Wedgwood Jasperware dating from the 1950s- 1980s to create a limited edition exlusive collection.