Following a phone call in 2017, the pair decided to join forces and collaborate on the tornado cufflink. Icarus Originals was born and the duo have been working together ever since – John the design and engineering whiz, Alan providing the operational nous. The company has produced a growing catalogue of giftware and collectibles – designed and manufactured in the UK – raising vital funds for charitable causes as they go.
“Working with the Royal British Legion has been an absolute gamechanger for us in terms of the support they offer,” concludes John. “It makes me really proud to fly the flag for the RAF. All the things that I’ve achieved is really because they’ve given me the opportunity.”
Sea Land and Air Range
The three arenas of physical military engagement are the inspiration behind the new range of products from Icarus Originals. And true to their founding ethos of upcycling military surplus, the range features material recovered from three iconic military vehicles. Sea is symbolised by the Royal Navy’s EH-101 Merlin Mk 4 Helicopter. Land is represented by the British Army’s FV102 Striker armoured personnel carrier. And the RAF’s legendary Panavia Tornado represents Air.
Material from each of these iconic vehicles is included in every item in Icarus Originals’ 2021 range, giving collectors, gift-givers and eclectic fashion lovers the chance to own a piece of military history while supporting the RBL. Launching very soon, the range will include a poppy lapel pin, bracelet, a necklace and a brooch.