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Up In The Woods

If you go down to the woods today, you might just stumble across a masked couple having afternoon tea, clad in beautiful gold and silver jewellery. Don’t worry – it’s no hallucination, rather the enchanting AW15 campaign of the the unisex jewellery brand REO. The editorial is metaphorical tableaux of “the age-old ‘hunt’ between man and woman.” Rebecca depicts the hunter (fox) and hunted (rabbit) playing an equal role in “instinctively acting on their carnal desires”.

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We first asked why Rebecca Onyett of REO Jewels thought the brand was suited to the Old Tat style, and turns out she’s got us down to a tea (how ironic). “Everything is sourced and made here in London to promote the British economy and emphasise how important we at REO feel about being British and our heritage, our beautiful countryside and the animals that inhabit it. Each piece captures a little bit of Britain and becomes a treasure that hopefully will last a life-time and then be passed down through generations. I think it would be pretty cool to own a ring from your grandmother that you knew she adorned in her youth but also that was cast from a vixens fox tooth.”

We asked Rebecca to paint the picture of the ideal REO customer, or seemingly the tea party dress code. “They would be an eccentric, covered in rings and wearing vintage tweed (if male) or paisley (if female). I love to imagine people to be like the animals in Fantastic Mr Fox, Wind in the Willows and the Beatrice Potter books. The style and outfits the animals wear is ideal for my jewellery.”

The jeweller likes to think the REO brand leaves people asking the question, ‘What animal am I?’. So we posed this very question to Rebecca herself: “I like to think of myself as one of those black panthers that have been sighted all over the UK and seem to still be spotted around the English countryside. No one knows if they are really out there or not but I’m sure I once saw one myself on my Duke of Edinburgh walk when i was about 15/16 and my dad once found a fox’s half eaten corpse in a field by my house. I like the idea that they are out there. It’s all quite mysterious, the fact that no one really knows.”

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise. (Oh, and make it a black panther mask because it’ll send Rebecca loopy!)

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www.reojewels.com

Photographer: Ryan Winterbotham

Male Model: Joseph Niall Collen

Female Model: Elodie Gabrielle Purcell

Words by Alice Freeman

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Author: oldtatmag

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