Studded Collars : Eleven Objects Interview

by jennine on April 15, 2011

eleven objects collar
Last December, I first came across Eleven Objects at a little get-together at Dream Sequins apartment, I met Christine Rhee, who was just putting together her new collection with Linh Thi Do of embellished collars. Even as prototypes, it was exciting to see such beautiful craftsmanship on a collar…the softest calf hair with intense spikes, clockwork gears and vintage jewelry embellishing, the lushest lace. It was so refreshing to be  looking at what I used to think of a part of a shirt as a stand alone piece. Though I’d still recommend wearing a shirt… but to each her own!
The collars which at first glance look a bit over the top, are surprisingly easy to wear. I was given the lace collar to experiment with how I would work it in my own wardrobe, and it is really amazing how it could transform anything to a statement piece.
Jessica and I went down to the Eleven Objects studio to have a chat with the duo..  who “simultaneously decided that their wardrobes would be vastly improved by a different kind of accessory.”


The Coveted: How did you two meet?
Christine: Linh Thi and I actually meet working together, but found out later that we both attended the same summer program at Parsons when we were in collage. We actually sat next to each other the first week of class without even knowing it. Linh Thi actually got model scouted and word got around that they told her to not even drink water 24 hours before the shoot. We also lived one street over from another and didn’t even know it until much later….
TC: What are your Fashion & Design backgrounds?
Christine: Majored in architecture, but upon arriving in NYC, I gravitated more towards fashion design and started my own line entitled CRHEE. Afterwards, I thought I was done with the fashion world, but now I’m glad to be back. Initially, I was so enamored with all things fashion – you say yes to everything and I wasn’t so particle, but now I’m much wiser and am equipped to make more thoughtful decisions.

Linh Thi: I studied biology and fine arts at Rice University and then recieved her Associates degree in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. Previously to working with Christine, I worked in product development at TSE and Alexander Wang.

TC: What do you find most interesting about how your customer views what you’re doing with 11 Objects?

Well, women grasp the detachable collars with great ease. It use to be traditional for men to wear them, but for some reason they have a harder time now grasping the concept.

It’s been great seeing how different people like to wear them. We wear them where it looks like it’s part of our shirt where as other women like to make the collars look more like a necklace. The men that do wear them don’t mind a tighter and or higher fit where as women aren’t so use to something sitting so high at the neck line.

TC: Did you have many prototypes when designing a final pattern for 11 Objects?

Linh Thi mainly handles the patterns because of her product development and production background. We do everything form website design to every collar being hand sewn. When we originally developed the pattern, there were many prototypes. We have a newer pattern now because we started to realize little things that we wanted to change that would make the collars look and sit better. For example, the collar stud placement –– we moved it over so you could stick your shirts top button through the buttonhole (if wearing a button down shirt) which allows for the collar to sit better.

TC: Who is the woman that wears your collars?

Glam and luxurious, but also whimsical – for example, The Man Repeller – she’s funny, loves fashion and luxury, but she’s humorous about life and doesn’t talk things too seriously.

TC: What’s next?
Expanding the collection – specifically menswear resort or spring summer. Possibly collaborations….. But it’s under wraps. Cuffs are coming – with cuff links. Embroidered and luxe – very Margiela inspired and very embellished but borderline jewelry.





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Joy April 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Oh wow these are really beautiful. Can’t wait till I get my hands on this.
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Tonia April 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Beautiful collars. Such interesting choices in fabrics too.

Chic Modern Vintage
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Eat,Sleep,Denim April 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

This is so lovely! I really enjoy the duo’s story as well as what they are doing - it’s truly unique :) Also, the ways you’ve wearing your collar is adorable and inspirational!! Thanks for sharing!!
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The Wise Take April 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

These are amazing. I love the one made of lace!
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Ceri April 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

I love the idea of detachable collars which allow you to transform so many different outfits. I have seen loads of Peter Pan ones recently but these are really unique.

Kirsten W April 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

Love your blog darling! great post.
you just got yourself a new follower :)

fashion suicides April 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I think detachable collars are great; they make your outfit so more interesting and they are so many choices. After the “embellished schoulders” I think this one will be very popular this season!
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jeno April 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Love the intricate details!
Cheers from Spain!

Vale April 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

Those collars are so pretty ! I’d like to have one, especially the studded one :)
Your blog is awesome ! I am following you =)
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Lucy April 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

Oh. My. I love those collars!! I made my own a few months ago and funnily enough just posed one of them in my latest post but I think I prefer these! Love the hard studded toughness with the cutesy feel of the collar :) WANT!

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