A visionary design brand centred around excellence in the construction of leather.
Fleet Ilya came into being with the objective of establishing a label that both informed about the erotic possibilities of leather and restriction as well as bridging a high fashion aesthetic and subversive fantasy.Culminating in expertly crafted, lifestyle objects, ready to wear accessories and functional restraint pieces, received to acclaim.
Operating as an atelier in London, quality of both materials and design is intrinsic to every piece, using traditional saddle making methods while experimenting with progressive techniques.
Headed by Ilya Fleet using his training in traditional saddle-making and Resha Sharma a Central Saint Martin’s Graphic Design graduate, the brand is directed by the husband and wife team.
Growing up in a creative environment Ilya Fleet honed his craft. Combining his inherent knowledge of three dimensional design learned from his late father, a renowned artist of Ukraine, with a deep fascination with the sculptural possibilities of leather. Focused on the conceptual limits of his chosen material as well as commitment to functionality, Fleet began by creating one off pieces of equestrian inspired luxury bondage in early 2000. With Sharma the label evolved into distinct organic collections of fine leather goods launched for Autumn/Winter 09.
Each collection feeds on elements from the last displaying a progression and refinement of the brands signature aesthetic all hand made in house.
A life size armoured leather horse structure for concept store Dover Street Market, as well as the creation of a multi sensory brand experience event held in a 10000 sqft industrial space, transformed into a pop up shop and exhibition space are amongst the brands unique accomplishments.
Design consultancy and collaborations have seen the brand evolve into an internationally recognised leather accessories company, with recent catwalks displaying combined works between Fleet Ilya and Comme Des Garcons, as well as Jonathan Saunders, Ulyana Sergeenko and most recently Dion Lee.
Fleet Ilya has graced the pages of respected international fashion and style publications, and has been favoured by celebrities and style icons alike.
Fleet Ilya’s coveted pieces can be found in prominent boutiques and concept stores around the world and online at www.fleetilya.com
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