Paying tribute to our heritage, Deadly Ponies’ Spring ‘23 collection introduces a new satin finish to our recyclable solid-brass hardware. This hardware update is a return to classic Deadly Ponies cable chain detailing, a nod to our iconic shipyard history.

To celebrate the launch of our new hardware, we sat down with Deadly Ponies' Founder & Creative Director, Liam Bowden, to discuss why we choose brass, and the inspiration behind the satin finish detailing.

Tell us the story behind the update to Deadly Ponies’ hardware for the SS23 collection?

Deadly Ponies' original hardware was inspired by our location and surroundings. We used to have a workroom down in Wynyard Quarter, which is the shipping area in Auckland. We were surrounded by fishing boats and large cable chains that linked these boats to the docks. The chain links also acted like walls between the land and sea, and we knew we wanted to incorporate this into our handbag designs.

Tell us more about this hardware…

When looking back through our Deadly Ponies’ archives, our original brass chain had a satin finish which spoke to the natural material of brass, rather than its gold hue. When updating our brass hardware for Spring ‘23, we wanted to replicate this look, feel, and texture, going for a champagne hue and a brushed look. This satin finish speaks to our history, a nod to where Deadly Ponies has come from.

How do you achieve this look for the hardware?

We achieve the satin look by taking the original raw brass, casting it into a chain, and then brushing it to emulate years of wear. This brushing gives the metal chain a bespoke finish.

Why do you work with brass?

We work with brass because it is one of the few metals that can be continuously melted down, reused, and recycled. Brass is extremely strong and durable due to its shipping and equestrian roots. It can be exposed to elements such as salt water, and won’t erode or become any weaker. For the same reasons we use leather, brass can age and get better with wear.

What other types of hardware do you offer?

We now also offer our gunmetal hardware - a black and grey tone on a 100% brass base, which means it can still be completely recycled. We developed this hardware for our unisex Voyage collection, offering our customers a subtle change that pairs nicely with colours such as navy and black.