Last night I attended a stylists and bloggers party hosted by WonderLuk at their pop up shop in Boxpark, Shoreditch. Established in 2013, WonderLuk are an online retailer of 3D printed fashion accessories. I have to confess to not having previously known very much about the brand, or 3D printing in general, but my eyes have truly been opened!
I’m very picky with my accessories, and my concern was that 3D printed pieces would look a bit tacky and plasticky. But I was surprised by how beautiful, and classy, the pieces were. The texture on some of the pieces was incredible, I was almost convinced that a few of them were actually made of wood, rather than sintered nylon! The perfect example is this beautiful Pebbles Necklace (£69).
The WonderLuk buying experience is a fun, customisable one. You pick your style (currently statement jewellery, bow ties and iPhone cases), your size (XS to L) and your colour (from a choice of 9 – the royal blue and fuchsia are stunning!). Your piece is then made, just for you, within two weeks.
As well as 3d printed sintered nylon, WonderLuk produce a selection of styles in sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold plated and 18ct rose gold plated.
It’s surprising how different the same style can look between that from the normal range, and its Precious Collection counterpart.
WonderLuk don’t design the pieces themselves, but rather curate a variety of different collections from product designers and architects (yes, architects!) worldwide. I think the use of designers who don’t typically design jewellery are what makes the range a bit more interesting than the norm.
I was really surprised how well a lot of the pieces suited my style, which I hadn’t thought they would, and how versatile they were. In particular I loved the grungey cool of the Chaos range. Different colour and material choices gave the pieces a really different look, there really is something for everyone.
One of the stand out pieces for me was the Dandelion Ring (£35).
I also loved the Void friendship rings, which aren’t yet available on the site.
As well as the main range, WonderLuk also offer a bespoke service, so anyone can have a go at creating their own unique piece!
I had a lovely chat with WonderLuks Co-Founder, Roberta Lucca, who mentioned possible future plans of shoes! This prompted discussion as to whether stability may be an issue, however having felt the sturdiness of some of the pieces, in particular the Layers Bracelet (£119) and the Kaleidoscope Bracelet (£140), I actually think I would trust 3D printed footwear!
I was really impressed by WonderLuk, and not only am I looking forward to seeing what they come up with in the future, but they’ve left me excited about the impact 3D printing will have on the fashion industry!
All photos my own.