Friday, February 25, 2011

Fleet Ilya - a love affair with leather bondage

when we see leather harnesses and bondage belts running wild on the runway (think Lanvin) or on the high street (think Topshop) since last fall, this love affair actually started much earlier with London's very own Fleet Ilya - a premium leatherwear label by husband and wife team Ilya Fleet and Resha Sharma.

Fleet Ilya SS11 womens collection

wonderfully sculptured leather made in harnesses, cuffs, belts and bags. a close up to the design, one will note it's been made in artisan perfection. Ilya Fleet has a background in traditional saddle-making and being a graduate of Central Saint Martins in graphic designs, his work is a combination of utilitarian and creativity. he first started making leather bondage designs on his own and eventually developed the signature (uh... also very kinky) line, Restraint, within the collection in 2006. later wife Sharma joined force to up their creativity to a higher fashion level. the images on their website are just too racy for posting but take a look at the product shots and you'll get a good idea:


bunny ears

corset harness

D spike cuff

fox mask

linked cuffs and collar

layered harness

dog mask

the sexy bondage motif stays core to their creation with a higher provocative dosage in the Restraint collection and more subtle in the commercially acclaimed womens and mens Classic accessories.

black classic harness

fashion forerunners and stylish celebrities quickly become fans of the label. when Rihanna was spotted wearing that fierce "armored-shoulder bag" by Fleet Ilya in 2009, the brand became known to many more overnight. the star, being an avid supporter, wore the new SS11 "studded waist cincher" in her video S&M.

the famous "armored" bag

Vogue Korea

Erin O'Connor for Oyster magazine

Vogue Italia

Fleet gave nod to the artistry of a saddler and a sculptor (his late father a renowned Russian sculptor)  by showcasing a giant 3D leather horse (originally created for window display for Dover Street Market)  in their presentation at Castle Gibson in Dalston last november.

for the love of fetishism or the pursuit of a sublimity of form and function, even though still a rather young label, Fleet Ilya is undoubtedly the next cult label to lust after. are you ready to start the love affair?

shop Fleet Ilya at their e-shop, Opening Ceremony, Luisa Via Roma
if you're in HK, Joyce has a small selection.

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