Metal & Mesh
Whiting and Davis, a producer of metal mesh products used for things like decorative architectural designs, industrial uses like protective shark mesh suits and, of course, for fashion. Whiting and Davis also produced costume jewelry until the 1980’s. The brand is also known for its dainty mesh handbags and the material has been used by designers like Catharine Malandrino, Michael Kors and more.
“These intricate materials look like metal covered fabrics but upon a closer inspection these lustrous materials are an intricate weave of interlocking metal links formed from rings of solid brass, aluminum, or stainless steel, plated or enameled, and polished to a brilliant finish.” You have seen this material on runways and in stores in the form of shoes, dresses, tops and handbags.
From accent pillows to window coverings, room dividers, and back drops, its applications are seemingly endless. Beyond the luxurious opulence you may associate with the product, it can create an atmosphere of industrial or contemporary edginess.
Aside from its aforementioned use in the fashion world, it can be used for industrial, architectural and scientific applications as well as jewelry and home décor. “It is an intricate weave of interlocking metal links formed from rings of solid brass, aluminum or stainless steel, plated or enameled, and polished to a brilliant finish,” according to the company. It can drape like fabric while providing the longevity of metal. “This luxurious material ripples through the fingers like liquid gold…”