This summer dunhill introduces the Aquarium collection – a new limited edition capsule featuring hand-painted prints inspired by iconic Aquarium lighters from the dunhill archive.
Originally launched in 1949, no two Aquarium lighters were the same. Each and every piece was uniquely handmade and assembled from four panels of Perspex, meticulously carved with nature-inspired motifs on the inside and then hand-painted – a highly skilled technique known as reverse intaglio. The name Aquarium was derived from the light reflecting properties of the Perspex, holding a beam of light within its surfaces and carrying it around bends and corners, giving the appearance of a large fish tank.
For summer 2019, the intricate Aquarium illustrations of birds and fish have been reimagined on patterned lounge shirts, reversible bombers, swim shorts, nylon drawstring backpacks, belt bags, leather goods and slip-on sneakers, in three summer-inspired colours: blue skies, sunset and sea green.
“I always consider what can be revisited from the dunhill archive, to be re-contextualised, evolved and how we inform our audience. With Aquarium, it’s all there; there’s a tension, something traditional and immediate but also kind of risqué and humorous too. To me that’s so British” – comments Mark Weston.