Products

A bonding experience

Although ‘Restraint’ has quickly become their signature line, to think about Fleet Ilya solely as bondage wear designers would be missing the point.

READ MORE
CLOSE

A bonding experience

Although Restraint has quickly become their signature line, to think about Fleet Ilya solely as bondage wear designers would be missing the point. The label artfully walks the line between fashion and bondage, establishing themselves as the new darlings of a long lineage of designers determined to blur any distinction between both disciplines. The result is beautifully hand-crafted leather accessories and edgy, modern bondage pieces.

The London-based husband-and-wife team strike a perfect balance of skill sets. Ilya Fleet brings the craft, product-driven, artistic background, with training in traditional saddle-making, whilst Resha Sharma focuses on the design and art direction of the brand (Resha trained as graphic designer at Central St Martin’s). Above all, form and function drive the creative process of the label. These designers are not looking for a gratuitous or cheesy way out.

Fleet Ilya sits much closer to the high-fashion end of the spectrum than your average erotica, with luxury pieces you could wear in and out of your boudoir (or dungeon) of choice. All their designs ooze with desire, from the corset harnesses and paddles to the cuffs and clutches. Our favourite, the dog masks, are all produced in Italian leather in their South London studio and take around two and a half hours to craft. Ilya and Resha test each piece to ensure perfect comfort and fit themselves. ‘The masks were initially designed to fulfil a friend’s fantasy’, Resha explains, ‘the features are inspired by the Dobermans Ilya had whilst growing up’.

It is clear Fleet Ilya loves pushing boundaries. The label has created a life-size horse armored in leather and also a series of grandiose leather chandeliers for window displays and concept stores. Their latest campaign was shot by Rankin, the British photographer with a knack for blending portraiture and fashion; and featured lovers Sophie Willing and Jethro Cave. No need to look further.


Dog mask and fob images courtesy of Fleet Ilya.
Campaign images shot by Rankin.
fleetilya.com

 

Tags , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

CLOSE
Art&Culture

ISSUE NINE — PRE-ORDER NOW

In our Spring issue, there’s much to be in high spirits about. We go behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. We hang with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. We find five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. We celebrate Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. We travel to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. We ask five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and we embrace illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals.
All this, and more, inside the covers.

READ MORE
Art&Culture

Under the cover of darkness

Death and wilderness play a key role in Lorna Evan’s haunting photography.

READ MORE

Best of breeds

Sipke Visser’s new book lifts the lid on the fascinating world of dog shows.

READ MORE
Recommended
Recommended
Products

ALL WELCOME

In the South Korean city of Busan you can now pamper your pet with a stay at Howlpot Care Centre, a new spa for canines.

READ MORE
Recommended
Recommended
Recommended
Recommended
Recommended
Recommended