Silk scarves have undergone a gradual but potent revival over the past decade and thanks to a handful of fashion houses they’ve become a cult accessory, but it’s rare to come across such intensely personal creations as those from Kmossed, which offers custom-made, intricate designs (from £3,500) on silk.
“We start with discussing a client’s belongings, rooms or houses and if there are any mementoes that they are keen to include,” says Ben Divall, who creatively directs projects while artist Rosie Kavanavoch oversees the collage-like designs of each piece. “Our designs are largely based around objects – jewellery, paintings, antiques, as well as architectural elements. We may use part of something, and transform it into something else; by the end of the process the origins of the motif are known to us and the client but may not necessarily be obvious to others.”
The pair will photograph treasured possessions and then begin to formulate a design, with handpainted details scanned and dropped in before the scarves are printed and the hems hand-rolled – the whole process taking two to three months. The duo recently collaborated on an exquisite design reflecting the hand-crafted interiors of National Trust house, 575 Wandsworth Road. As well as designing for private and corporate clients, Kmossed has also collaborated on silk limited editions with artists including Joseph McGlennon and Catherine Nelson.
Scarves available include the Cowboy Kerchief (45cm x 45cm) in silk satin, and the Silk at Large (120cm x 120cm) in crepe de chine. As an extra flourish, the pair can also create bespoke packaging, developing an insignia that can be embossed on the boxes, and producing presentation cards to tell the story of the project.