Outside on a motorcycle is not necessarily the most ideal of places to be when lightning strikes, but lightning bolts have entered the canon of motorcycle style due to their symbolism of speed and power. The Bolt evokes this strength with two bolts striking the same point. Orli says, “A lightning bolt is there one second and gone the next; I think the mystery and danger of that powerful electric activity has obvious appeal.”
Like many of us, Orli has always harbored a fascination with motorcycles. The experience of riding a motorcycle has captured the popular imagination for decades. It encompasses the freedom of movement on the open road and the ability to take in the sights and smells of nature at your own pace. The lone rider on a vast expanse of highway, contemplating the natural world and feeling the profound openness of immense space, is an intriguing and inspiring image. As biker jargon, ironside refers to the parts and detailing comprising the top half of a motorcycle. Orli’s Ironside takes iconic features of motorcycle style, including spikes, chains, and suedes, and presents an elegant collection of chopper-inspired work drawing its aesthetic from the ostentatious costume jewelry of the Eighties, when bigger was always better.