Is it just me or has "vintage" become one of those fashion-related terms that inevitably induces a brief cringe? I mean, it's without doubt a good thing that we're all embracing the old as well as the new in fashion, esp. given the speed at which it progresses, but "vintage" is an adjective that's bandied about - often in the inappropriate context (e.g. "Oh that fur jacket is so vintage! Where did you get it?"..."River Island!") - a little too often for my liking.
So it's refreshing to know that one designer has every right to employ the term. Adrian Morales, more than a jack of the following trades: styling, design, photography and e-Business consultancy, has finally presented an opportunity to men to get in on the vintage jewellery love. By updating old military accoutrements with contemporary embellishments, Morales fuses past and present and the results, I can assure you, are far from cringe-worthy.
I had a brief natter with Adrian on the personal and professional...
1. Having moved from the States, you studied fashion design in AIU London. What motivated your decision to move and learn the craft?
I was working in the corporate world for 6 years and realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’d always loved fashion and decided it was time to pursue my creative side. And as we all know, when it comes to fashion, London is a very inspiring place to be.
^ The Veteran - Veteran of Foreign Wars medal customised with brass chains.
What led you to focus on jewellery design as opposed to other methods of design?
When my mother passed away after a long battle with cancer, I took some of her religious medallions and other trinkets from her jewellery box and wanted to transform them into a few wearable pieces for myself. Others seemed to like them as well and wanted special pieces made from trinkets of their own. So together with a good friend of mine, Candee Lyons, a collection was born.
^ Fort Giant - Bracelet with four mixed-metal chains, single bullet and a vintage emblem.
Tell us about your newly launched "The Origin" collection. What was the inspiration behind the collection? What techniques and materials were used in the production?
The current Origin collection is inspired by my recent journeys, medals of honour, the Boy Scouts of America, kilts worn in the Scottish Highlands during the 16th century and symbols of faith. The origin of these vintage pieces has been revisited with a modern influence.
Have you got a personal story/anecdote regarding the making of the collection?
I’ve always been fascinated by anything that is considered vintage. I feel they have a story and character. I try to incorporate at least one vintage item into each piece. Making something old new again, modern and wearable. In a way, bringing it back to life by the individual who wears it.
^ The Pill - Necklace with mixed silver metal chains, pill case, vintage key and a New Mexico 1967 Rabies tag (for those that don't know - it's a form of dog tag...)
Do you have a muse or a particular source of inspiration that drives your creativity?
I’m always thinking of my mother, who though passed away over a year ago, she is always inspiring and with me. I’m constantly looking to make each piece different and as unique as she was. Also my surroundings, the places I been, music, art and creative peoples.
What is the future for Adrian Eric Morales?
Working on the new menswear jewellery collection and accessories, collaborate with other designers, and eventually be able to develop a menswear or womenswear collection for the next season.