The tale and tradition of the Pearly King and Queens harks back to the 19th century. Henry Croft was once an orphan street sweeper but soon became a revered charity supporter. He collected the lost pearl buttons from costermonger’s attire, in order to fashion his now-celebrated Pearly suit. His giving nature and eccentric outfit quickly gathered a following, eventually giving rise to the Pearly Society.
The Pearly Society’s craft, as well as their captivating mother-of-pearl button outfits, have inspired this collection, however it is the society’s charity initiatives to help the underprivileged that really struck a chord with Deadly Ponies.
Deadly Ponies will be donating all the proceeds of the ‘Lucky Charm’ (from the Pearlies collection) to Lifewise, a local New Zealand social development agency working to house the homeless.