Deadly Ponies explores unique spaces for Spring Summer 21 inspiration

Invoking the spirit of long summer nights, silk taffeta adds elevated shimmer to the newest evening silhouettes

The collection takes inspiration from Charlotte Perriand’s House of a Young Man, 1935

Founded in 2005, Deadly Ponies is a New Zealand based, internationally renowned, leather accessories brand that challenges traditional notions of design with full transparency. It is a brand synonymous with artisanal quality, sumptuous materials and a unique design aesthetic that is forever pushing creative boundaries.

Stepping inside Deadly Ponies’ Spring Summer ‘21, you’re taken to world of elements and textures harmoniously uniting in an exploration of space.


The collection takes inspiration from Charlotte Perriand’s House of a Young Man, 1935, which considers the ideal studio space at the time; with terracotta tiles, rush chairs, modernist art and unique leathers placed thoughtfully throughout the interior. SS21 presents a rich colour palette, traversing each considered element in Perriand’s design and reimagined with Deadly Ponies refinement for a contemporary season.


“I look to Charlotte Perriand as a muse. She was a pioneer in the industry and a creative female voice during a time when there were few opportunities, with a really unique style. She would always be seen wearing a stainless steel necklace, as if she was wearing pearls with a really strong, masculine or modern edge” says Creative Director, Liam Bowden.

Prairie hues of moss, thyme and cornflower welcome the anticipated arrival of Spring for Part I. Traversing form and texture, the first installment presents a super-fine, luxurious suede across intricate new shapes and the return of some of Deadly Ponies’ most-loved pieces. Gradient treatments and tactile textures reach new heights with Part II, exploring bold, two-toned python dip conflated by ombre-hued amethyst croc.


Subtle hues of quail provide a delicate grounding to Part II in sumptuously soft suede and their classic buttery leather. Taking the exploration of space one step further, the glow capsule references the work of James Turrell, distorting depth and creating an illumination of colour.


“Our digitally-printed glow capsule was inspired by James Turrell’s light rooms, which I was fortunate enough to experience one in Naoshima, Japan. His spaces focus on light itself as the object – feeling limitless and surreal. We wanted to capture that concept and replicate it in our pieces.”


Adding warmth as the weather follows suit, a subdued sunset-inspired palette graces the collection for Part III in hues of atlantic and terracotta. Invoking the spirit of long summer nights, silk taffeta adds elevated shimmer to the newest evening silhouettes, while terracotta python and a custom Rush weave conjure visions of faraway escapes. Working with a small women’s collective near Deadly Ponies’ eco-atelier in Chiang Mai, Rush is intricately woven using a specialist technique to create an entirely unique design, and yarn - a true work of art.


In shades of thyme, cornflower, terracotta and atlantic, Deadly Ponies’ SS21 collection explores the surreal spaces we are fortunate to have around us while we cannot venture far; finding beauty and colour in the unexpected. The vibrant collection is available beginning August 2021, across three unique parts.

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