The name Dark Horse is such a clever name for Jenny Hattersley's jewellery label. Not only is the term Dark horse used to describe something which is little-known but then emerges to prominence (which she is quickly doing), it also alludes to the collection's equestrian inspiration.
Describing herself as having "an almighty passion for haberdashery" Jenny uses traditional saddlery techniques and mixes leathers with a wide variety of contrasting materials (think giant chandelier crystals, glitter and dip-dyed silk fringing) to create statement pieces that appear both historical and futuristic.
Our favourite piece from the current collection is the Art Deco Bow Necklace which reminds us of the classic 1927 film Metropolis, and as Jenny is generously offering all Secret Arcade visitors 20% off* all items in her shop we might just treat ourselves.
We drag jenny away from the sewing machine for few moments to talk to us about her inspirations...
How would you describe your shop?
An eclectic mix of unique statement jewellery and accessories which are handcrafted from premium leather and fine haberdashery trims. Inspired by English eccentricities, each piece fuses traditional techniques with fashion-forward styling.
Who/what are your biggest influences?
Mother nature, rock & roll, colour and print.
What is your favourite item from your current collection?
The tassel necklaces,- they're so versatile and will transform any outfit!
Where is your favourite place(s) to visit for inspiration?
Out-of-season seaside towns with that great British combination of blustery beaches, tea rooms and charity shops for inspirational finds.
Do you have any new items/collections about to be launched?
Yes, all my summer pieces are blossoming now - on the whole I've gone for a much more decadent feel this season using my trademark neutrals with floral brights, heavy embellishment and fringe accents.
What do you enjoy most about being one of the shops in The Secret Arcade?
The Arcade concept really suits my work with it's angle on tradition, quality and heritage and the concept of a select and creative collective really appeals and I feel honoured to be a part of it.