StyleTails is purrrring with pleasure to be the first to launch Cheshire & Wain. Their collection of luxury leather cat collars are designed and handcrafted here in London from the finest materials for the ultimate in style for refined felines. SHOP the collection in store NOW.
Ever felt that only the very best will do for your fussy feline? We thought so. Cheshire & Wain, which launches in store with StyleTails today, has pounced onto the scene with a collection of deliciously decadent cat collars, all handcrafted here in London for the the ultimate in style and safety for refined felines.
Conceived by Founder and Creative director Sonja Farrell, Cheshire & Wain’s luxuriously classic collars combine stunning British and Italian leathers with beautiful brass buckles and gold-plated falconry bells from India. They’re also the only leather cat collars to be fitted with a hidden quick release safety clip to keep your kitty safe. StyleTails speaks to Sonja about the inspiration behind Cheshire & Wain and her love of the feline form.
What inspired you to launch Cheshire & Wain?
My cat Percy was the main inspiration to launch Cheshire & Wain. I got him early this year and found I was disappointed with the quality and aesthetic of what was available in the way of cat products. There is a balance between a product looking good and it being appropriately designed and safe for the cat.
How would you describe the aesthetic of style of Cheshire & Wain?
The solid brass buckles, contrasting stitching and grooved edge detailing give Cheshire & Wain collars a classic look, but the colour and the finish of the leathers adds a modern twist.
What makes Cheshire & Wain collars so special?
Cheshire & Wain collars are the first and currently only collars available that are made from leather and have hidden safety release clips. Getting to the finished product has taken a long time; I didn’t want to accept second best on any of the individual elements and I’ve searched far and wide to ensure each component is the best it can be.
Tell us a bit about the materials you’ve chosen for the first Cheshire & Wain collection?
The bells are gold plated falconry bells from India that are made specially to have a crisp and clear timbre, and the leather is very high quality and comes from trusted British, Irish and Italian suppliers. The safety clips are the slimmest available and were extremely hard to source, and the brass hardware is made by a company in England that supplies saddlery materials to the Queen. To ensure all these elements come together in the right way, the collars are carefully handmade in small batches in Islington.
Where did the name Cheshire & Wain come from?
Cheshire refers to the Cheshire Cat and his characteristic grin and the reference to Wain is in homage to the turn of the century artist, Louis Wain who produced hundreds of cat drawings for advertisements, children’s books and postcards; helping to elevate the status and popularity of cats from mere mouse-catchers to the beloved family pets they are today.
What do you love most about cats?
I’ve always loved cats for their complex and individual personalities. I admire that you have to earn a cat’s love and affection and then work hard to sustain it. I think in this sense the relationship between a cat and its owner should be rooted in a mutual respect for one another. Cats make fantastic companions and are such a joy to have in the family; they do what they want, when they want – sometimes they will sigh and make you feel like you’ve deeply offended them, other times they’ll destroy your sofa or bring you decapitated ‘presents’, but we put up with all these things because we love them and see them as an important part of our lives.
Which cat would you most like to see wearing a Cheshire & Wain collar
I’d love to see Edward Lear’s tabby cat, Foss wearing a Cheshire & Wain collar. Foss was a rather plump tabby with big eyes and only half a tail. Lear regularly sketched Foss getting up to various antics with a mischievous look in his eye and both of them lived happily in an Italian villa overlooking the sea. They were there for some time but were forced to move when a big hotel blocked their view. Lear loved Foss so much that he apparently asked architects to build the new house as an exact replica of the old one so as not to upset Foss too much with the move!
Cheshire & Wain’s designer cat collars start at £59.00 and are available to shop in store with StyleTails now – including their Christmas collar – a gloriously festive patent red number with contrasting white stitching – the perfect gift for a crafty kitty.
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