We feel very lucky to have collaborated with a number of incredible people, brands and institutions over the years. We like projects that give us the opportunity to explore new design ideas, and keep us on our toes - indeed, some collaborations have presented us with challenges! But it is also important to us that our collaborative projects are somewhat unexpected, exciting for customers old and new - and of course, fun to work on. Discover Alex Monroe collaborations here, and the stories behind how they came about.
Friends of the Earth
We began our friendship with Friends of the Earth in 2018, initially raising funds to support their environmental campaign work through the sale of our Oceans collection. Since then, we have also created several special pieces for Friends of the Earth, included are our Hedgehog and Penguin Necklaces - which both highlight severely threatened species.
As part of the BBC's highly anticipated 2017 series of Doctor Who, Alex was delighted to be asked by the BBC’s costume team to create a piece of jewellery to be worn by the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. This turned out to be a much closer collaboration than Alex expected, with Costume Designer Ray Holman visiting our studio with Jodie herself! The result was our now iconic Ear Cuff worn by the 13th Doctor.
Inspired by hidden meanings and laced with unexpected details, our genderless jewellery collbaoration with quick-witted cultural curator Raven Smith was launched during the pandemic of 2020. A true collaboration, Alex and Raven’s very different natural aesthetics came together to form a sleek meeting of curious minds!
Peter Pan for
Great Ormond Street
Peter Pan creator J.M Barry donated the full rights of his iconic character to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929, to whom the character has since become both a mascot and symbol. We were kindly given the opportunity to use Peter Pan as a source of inspiration by GOSH to design a capsule collection for Christmas 2019. Our whimsical ‘Peter Pan’ pieces are inspired by the ‘boy who never grew up’ and his magical land of dreams and adventures. We continue to donate £30 from every sale of this capsule collection to GOSH.
Away with the Fairies
With a mutual appreciation of Butterflies and Bees, Alex and our Design team closely collaborated with shoe designer Sophia Webster to create jewellery for her SS/2018 collection - ‘Away with the Fairies’. The result of imagining what accessories a modern Fairy might possibly wear, the story was an ethereal trip to the woodland, combining Alex’s signature natural touch with more than a touch of whimsy. Beyond the catwalk, the ear pieces remain popular for alternative bridal jewellery and making the prettiest of statements.
Alex was asked to design a special piece for the V&A in 2008, to commemorate the opening of their new jewellery gallery. Inspired by some of the Victorian jewellery housed with the V&A, Alex created a heart-shaped Locket, which inside holds a gem-studded swinging Lovebird, symbolising Queen Victoria on her own, forever in mourning after her great love Albert passed away. We have also worked with the V&A more recently, on a capsule collection for their 2021 exhibition ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’
To mark World Bee Day 2021 we collaborated with British luxury lifestyle brand, Heti’s Colours on our first ever print! Our limited edition 'Bees in Bloom’ silk scarf is a joyful celebration of bees and nature, with £20 from the sale of every scarf donated to Bees for Development.