While Endangered Trolls began life as a dedicated Trollbeads blog, it soon morphed into much more and now many brands are represented. This article offers an introduction to a smaller brand hailing from Germany – the wonderfully sassy Rebeligion
In my free time, my primary hobby (aside from shopping) is pole dancing or pole aerobics. In recent years there has been a movement to distinguish the sport from it’s more exotic associations, primarily with the goal of encouraging more people to participate, to remove the stigma and to see it be classified as an Olympic sport. Over the last few weeks there has been a community wide event taking place entitled “Bringing Sexy Back”. The aim of this event has been to both remember and embrace the sexier side of the sport and to realise that this is not something that should shame those of us who dance.
While this seems entirely unrelated to jewellery, it got me thinking about fashion in a broader sense. I have friends who avoid certain trends, not because they dislike them but because they deem them too sexy or provocative. I’m a firm believer in personal choice and with that comes the right to choose what you wear.
I spoke recently about my search for edgier, more gothic inspired jewellery. That led me to purchasing my first Thomas Sabo bracelet which I’m thrilled with. The search has also led me to the altar of Rebeligion, where I’ve firmly thrown myself to my knees and am prepared to worship. This article is thus dedicated to bringing the sexy back to jewellery.
Welcome to Rebeligion.
You love to be a rebel
Your style is your religion
The above is Rebeligion’s motto. The keywords that define them are elegant, fashion, rock and lifestyle. I spoke a little in my Sabo article about the importance of brand identity and Rebeligion have this perfected. This brand is sassy, sexy, modern and bursting with attitude. This is the first of a two part article taking an in depth look at this relatively new brand.
Underpinning this exquisite range of jewellery is a range of coloured leather bracelets. They start in the more traditional black and browns and work through to opulent purples and finish with a vibrant pink, new for summer 2012. Remaining faithful to the rock ‘n roll inspired flair, their bracelets consist of thick strands of leather, immediately demanding the attention. In addition to creating an edgier feel, they offer much more appeal to the male wearer, being far less feminine than most leather offerings. The bracelets are available in either single wrap or double wrap depending upon how many strands you want encompassing the wrist (and how dramatic a look you are ultimately aiming for.) On the picture above, the girl is wearing a double wrap bracelet in purple.
Their concept is that of fully modular jewellery so a range of interchangeable silver shutters to secure the bracelets is offered. These are styled to compliment the rest of the range and the the brand’s overall ethos. Among the shutters come a choice of skulls, lions heads and panthers, keeping a very tough edge to your bracelet.
From this starting point are a range of “addons” to fully customise the bracelet.
Their collection is divided into three ranges; Black Rock, Classic Rock and an un-named and more feminine range.. The Black Rock collection, as the name implies, draws it’s inspiration from the gothic and boasts large, imposing pieces. Here you’ll find skulls, cats and various shield shaped addons. Most importantly, this is the unisex line of addons.
The un-named collection brings a touch of sparkle to the collection and adds a feminine hint for those looking for a slightly softer look. I’ve spoken before about how tough it is to walk the line between the gothic and the feminine. Those looking to do so should adore this collection. The addons remain edgy and full of rebellious attitude but the pieces have a more decadent edge to them.
The Classic Rock collection boasts smaller and, as the name implies, more classically themed addons. Here you’ll find the dramatic use of texture exploited to maximum potential. The addons are generally on the smaller size but lose none of their attitude. This range offers more feminine designs for those wanting a softer look.
Rebeligion is like nothing I’ve seen on the market. Thicker, heavier leather bracelets are certainly available from other brands, Story (by Kranz and Ziegler) being the most notable but they lack the ability to customise the locking system. The addons for Rebeligion are large, edgy, sexy and perhaps ostentatious but they make no apologies as this is the identity at the core of the brand.
I adore leather bracelets and I think for an everyday look, they take a lot of beating. Bright colours can be exploited to create a punkish rock feel. Darker colours can embrace a more gothic side. Unfortunately both Pandora and Trollbeads leather are just too fine and delicate for my liking. In addition both brands are plagued with the issue of their charms and beads slithering around on the leather unless you employ the use of stoppers or silicon rings to secure them in place. Leather is also very comfortable to wear; more so than a silver bracelet.
For those that appreciate coordinating items, Rebeligion boast a range of pendants, earrings and rings to fully compliment their show stopping bracelets.
I mentioned that this is the first of two articles dedicated to this brand. This brand is so perfect for my personal sense of style there was simply no way I could resist indulging. Part two will therefore feature my own bracelet, my own pictures and a review of the products I’ve received. I can’t begin to convey the sheer enthusiasm and excitement I’m feeling about this brand (particularly as the products have arrived and they surpass expectations.)
For those who simply can’t wait for the second article and are already suitable convinced (I empathise), you can find Rebeligion at Katzenmaiers (formally Baden-Baden.)
Katzenmaiers are undoubtedly known within the Trollbeads community but for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the retailer, rest assured the service is impeccable and the lovely Nadia is incredibly helpful and willing to offer first hand advice on any of the brands she stocks.
As the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words so I’ll close the article with a couple more pictures to tempt you further.
Please be aware that the images used in this article are the property of Rebeligion and should be treated with respect of their copyright. I have explicit permission to reproduce them.