We could not be more proud to introduce our first collaboration of 2022, The Fordite Collection.
Created in partnership with Woodward Throwbacks, the esteemed furniture maker and design studio based in Detroit’s Hamtramck neighborhood this stunning collection features Fordite discovered in Woodward Throwbacks 24,000-square foot brick building, once one of the area's largest car dealerships and repair shops, now the retail showroom and workshop for the company.
Known also as Detroit Agate, Fordite was created by old automotive paint that would harden and build up in spray booths. When cut and polished, vibrant swirls of classic car colors are revealed. Modern auto body paint no longer yields fordite, making it an industry relic and a finite resource.
And while each and every Rebel Nell collection boasts its own unique challenges and opportunities while working with repurposed materials, working with Fordite pushed us to be resourceful and creative due to the sensitive nature of the material who cleaned, cut, and resined each piece with the utmost care and respect for the material. Shoutout to our incredible Creative Design team for absolutely slaying this collection and putting their heart and soul into creating these pieces.
The Fordite Collection boats a mix of industrial yet modern and refined pieces that are gender-neutral by design and purpose, honoring the respective aesthetics and beliefs in product neutrality held by both Rebel Nell and Woodward Throwbacks. Signature Rebel Nell pieces including Nechelle Necklace, Brittany Earrings, Carl Bracelet, and more, will round out this Motor City Industrial and Detroit-historian dream collection.
You can shop The Fordite Collection online and in-store at Rebel Nell’s Holden Street and Twelve Oaks locations. And, if you want some behind-the-scenes footage of this collection, check us out on Instagram!