SoulFetish Jewelry – A Review of the Brand and a Look at the Life of Its Founder Thierry Martino

What is SoulFetish Jewelry?

Established in late 1999 by famous French designer Thierry Martino, SoulFetish is a designer brand label specialized in producing lifestyle and fashion accessories, décor, clothing & of course, closest to your heart, biker jewelry, also known as gothic silver jewelry or rock n roll jewelry.

Unlike many other specialty gothic silver jewelry designers, SoulFetish’s line of jewelry doesn’t concentrate exclusively on biker & gothic ideas and themes. SoulFetish has pursued several different styles over the years, including but not limited to jewelry lines inspired by: Medieval European societies, Harley-Davidson®, Californian choppers, the science of Alchemy, Fantasy comics, African music, martial arts, Surf culture, Tattoos & Gothic architecture. Notwithstanding, the unpredictable & extensive mix of Thierry Martino’s multi-faceted interests and pursuits does not detract from the fact that Thierry Martino, in his time at SoulFetish, has forged and created some of the most intricate sterling silver gothic jewelry around. Besides his own SoulFetish label of gothic silver jewelry, Thierry Martino also designs jewelry for Harley-Davidson.

Thierry Martino’s Inspiration

We might have understated Martino’s involvement with Harley Davidson. To be precise, every single piece of Harley Davidson gothic silver jewelry in existence was conceived of and created by Thierry Martino. Experiences with his first 1200 Sportster® in the late 1980’s imbued Martino with a deep intuition in relation to biker culture. Beginning with conceptualizing his biker designs on blocks of wax, Martino gradually mastered the art of sterling silver craftsmanship, which Martino firmly believed could more impressively enshrine the timelessness of gothic designs than other materials. In addition, the lustre of gothic silver jewelry accentuates the highly polished chrome appearance of heavy motorbikes. As a result of his love affair with biker culture, SoulFetish jewelry always reflects the timeless spirit of biker culture. In the master’s very own words,

“Silver jewelry and Harleys are inseparable. There is no biker in the world without a silver ring”. We at bloodysilver.com humbly agree with Thierry Martino’s wisdom.

“I’ve always created my own silver jewels because I wanted them to have the same spirit and quality as my Harley®”

Thierry Martino’s History

Thierry Martino’s love for jewelry craftsmanship began with his time in France, having first spent 5 years (from 1990 to 1995) with renowned jewelry label Reminiscence. After leaving Reminiscence, Thierry Martino began to develop his own concepts, & launched two jewelry boutiques of his own. Yet, he. To enrich his artistic scope and gain new inspiration for his jewelry, he travelled all over Europe to absorb all he was able to of the cultural environment. In 1994, Thierry Martino formalized his learning at France’s “Ecole nationale de bijouterie” in Saumur, where he officially won recognition for his skills as a sterling silver master craftsman.

Armed with the determination to forge a strong business, a firm dedication to a life of craftsmanship and a passion to see the world, Martino walked right out of his comfort zone and headed to the shores of Asia, where he met his soulmate, Angkhanang, who inspires Martino’s designs and helps in the development of SoulFetish gothic silver jewelry. With valuable experience in costume design for an established television production house and blessed with the gift of imagination & creativity, Angkhanang has lent some of SoulFetish’s sterling silver biker jewelry a feminine edge to attract female biker fans. Together, Thierry Martino and Angkhanang form a dynamic duo who shares the same love for music, art and fashion.

Unlike American labels, SoulFetish’s gothic silver jewelry designs have a distinctive French flavour, making them must-buys for the true gothic fan’s collection.

Be it skull bracelets, skull pendants, skull rings, skull dog tags or skull earrings you seek, Bloodysilver has just the right gothic jewelry for your needs and for the look you desire to create. Treasure and remember your primal instincts with a huge range of skull jewelry today at Chrome Hearts.

The History of Colin’s Jeans Brand

The history of made to measure jeans by Colin’s started in 1983 when a Turkish businessman Nurettin Eroglu and his four brothers established a small garment manufacture called “Eroglu Holding”. Originally the factory produced coats and down jackets, but in 1986 the first jeans were manufactured there. That year the trademark “Kulis” was introduced. The production grew and by 1992 the company manufactured 1500 pairs of jeans a day. The brand was that year renamed and called “Colin’s Jeans”. The first sewing factory occupying a space of 10.000 square kilometers was opened.

In 1993 the company begins to export its jeans abroad. Today Colin’s Jeans are sold in the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Middle East.

Colin’s Jeans brand has chosen the right marketing strategy from the start. Unlike other Turkish manufacturers of denim, Colin’s Jeans brand didn’t try to copy jeans models produced by world established companies. Instead of this the brand made inexpensive clothes of good quality and advertised for its own trademark. This policy contributed to the success of the brand all over the world.

By the end of the 1990s Colin’s Jeans already had 11 shops in Turkey and 6 shops abroad. The brand also introduced a new more expensive denim line called “Loft”. In 1997 Central Office and trading center Marka&Marka in Istanbul were opened. According to the conception Marka&Marka Eroglu started production for the leading world manufacturers of custom tailored jeans: Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Next, Polo, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Lee Cooper, Matalan and Liz Clairbone. In 1998 a factory occupying a space of 35.000 square kilometers was opened, followed by the largest denim clothes manufacturing factory in Europe opened in 2003 and occupying a space of 45.000 square kilometers, capable of producing 17 million of clothes pieces a year. In 2005 Eroglu Company Group bought one of the biggest jeans brands in Europe “Big Star”, fortifying its positions on the world markets.

Today the company is represented in 33 countries and has more than 24.000 employees. The brand produces men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and each season introduces more than 2000 models of customized jeans for the new collection, following the latest trends of the world fashion. Colin’s represents an entire production cycle, including draft designing of jeans models, construction, curve gradation, sewing of clothes pieces, packing and delivery of ready goods to the customers. The most progressive technologies of processing and dye are used in Colin’s Jeans manufactory.

The product range includes jeans, denim jackets, shirts, skirts, waistcoats, dresses, shorts, overalls, as well as cotton and knitted wear like tops, T-shirts, sweaters, smocks. Colin’s also continues to manufacture outer garments, coats and jackets. Clothes for children and various accessories also belong to the product palette of the company.

The brand now has 300 shops in Turkey and more than 1000 abroad, thus becoming a rightful competitor of the leading world denim brands.

What is the Junk De Luxe Designer Clothing Brand All About?

Junk De Luxe was formed in 1986, founder Thomas Gundorph would import second-hand jeans from the USA into Denmark, redesigning them before they were made available to the public. Over the next 6 years, Gundorph worked on his style and technique and in ’92 unleashed his first collection upon the World. It was a massive success, propelling Junk De Luxe’s reputation to that of a leading designer brand all across Europe. Since 1992, the brand has been growing consistently – the collections get more exciting, and people are getting in to the spirit of the Junk more and more each year.

Junk’s broad appeal comes from the way it takes different elements of fashion and lifestyle and then mercilessly, yet gracefully, fuses them into a single design. Contradiction runs throughout Junk, it is symbolised in everything they create – including their own name ‘Junk De Luxe’. This constant contradiction gives prominent street fashion, it adds the class of Savile Row tradition, then it spices things up with a dash of Rock’n’Roll. It also does this flawlessly; nothing is too strong, weak, overpowering or overshadowed. Each piece of Junk De Luxe is designed to stand out on its own, without having to rely on any other items or being party to trends or clichés.

Wearing Junk De Luxe really highlights your personality, but it does not recreate it. You’re still in control, you just like to do things your own way. Junk is at the forefront of great style – fashion can change, but style lasts forever. Walking the fine line between the two is what Junk does best.