We can’t wait to get APATICO’s latest line of harnesses, headpieces, and collars on our bones. Available for purchase on September 5th, The Crypt is a fall/winter capsule collection inspired by the bejeweled skeletons of Rome. Each piece comes in black, oxblood, and tan leather, as well as both clear and gloss-black PVC, and is designed and crafted by hand in Megan Bishop’s Seattle studio.
The jewel-encrusted skeletons of Rome were corpses exhumed during the iconoclasm of the 16th and 17th centuries and sent abroad to, the story goes, replace religious relics destroyed during the Reformation. Adorned with precious stones, lush brocade, gold, and resplendent headdresses, these “catacomb saints” are now on display in many churches throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland — though whether any of them were actually saints to begin with is somewhat questionable. Consisting of nine harnesses, 11 headpieces, and three collars, The Crypt fuses this decadent iconography with elements of fetish fashion and dark fantasy, creating something truly unique.
APATICO was initially a millinery label, and through its expansion to harnesses and accessories has retained a striking attention to fit, detail, and fanciness. The fall/winter collection is filled with spikes, studs, tassels, and stiffened gauze and adorned with hearts and inverted crosses — some of our favorite pieces include the Tenebre Harness, equipped with a cape that also functions with a veil, and the Strega Crown Harness Headpiece.