Spotlight on: Icarus Originals
This February, Buy-From Britain will be taking ten independent businesses to the International Spring Fair at the NEC, Birmingham.
One of the nine businesses is Icarus Originals Limited, a company which specialises in unique gifts that celebrate iconic examples of engineering.
The company’s Director of New Product Development and Operations, Alan Lock, explains the story behind the start of Icarus Originals.
“In 2005, I lost much of my eyesight whilst serving as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy,” says Alan. “One of the many frustrations that resulted from this blow was the inability to use my engineering skills that I had spent years acquiring.
“Whilst I was able to rebuild my life and a new career, I desperately missed the challenge of designing and making something tangible and high quality.
“Then, in 2018, a chance meeting with John Mercer, another Engineering Officer, this time from the Royal Air Force, led to an opportunity to do just that. An initial joint project to commemorate the soon-to-be decommissioned Tornado jet evolved into Icarus Originals Limited.”
Their product range is focused on premium cufflinks, with their launch product, ‘The Pink Link’, made from melted-down metal from the Tornado GR4 jet.
“We also have cufflinks which encapsulate a piece of the famous Avro Vulcan wing within a hallmarked sterling silver mount,” says Alan. “With the co-founders of Icarus Originals having served in the military, we take great pride that we have worked in conjunction with the professionals who have operated many of these craft, and we have ensured a percentage of our sales is returned to charitable organisations to support veterans and preservation work.”
And what are Icarus Originals most looking forward to ahead of the Spring Fair? “We are looking forward to seeing the reaction to our products, taking inspiration for our follow-on set of designs and understanding how we can develop our products to meet the demands of our customers, both retail and wholesale.”
Icarus Originals will be exhibiting at the International Spring Fair with Buy-From Britain from 3-7 February.