Readers, have you ever seen Riri zippers? Pacific Trimming here in New York carries them, and they've just increased their stock to take over an entire wall! I first read about these zippers in Threads magazine: they're renowned for being very high-quality. And they're really quite beautiful too; the teeth are so glinty and jewel-like in the hypnotic way that very shiny things are. Riri is a Swiss company and the zippers are made by hand in a small town in Italy. Doesn't that all sound so romantic?
I love the way they slide open smoothly, and the metal teeth are pretty in a utilitarian way. You'll find metal zips in vintage couture, like this Ceil Chapman below. The last time I went to Anthropologie, I noticed a lot of the retro summer dresses had metal zips as well. I think it adds a lovely authentic touch to vintage-inspired dresses and the mixture of beauty and sturdiness really appeals to me.
I ended up buying two of these lovely zippers: one plain white and one in black satin. They're not cheap: they run around $12 a pop. But they're just so lovely and special that I can't wait to put them into some new dresses.
Here's a peek at some satin-tape zippers. Wouldn't they be pretty in an exposed application?
Sadly, Riri zippers are difficult to find online. The Sewing Place has a nice selection of the decorative type with the multi-colored teeth, which isn't really my thing. But perhaps you'll dig it:
However, Pacific Trimming has tons of info about the zippers on their website, so perhaps you can call or e-mail them with a mail order. (Though Pacific is always such a madhouse it's hard to imagine them running a mail order business. But hey, who knows?)
Have you ever used these zips? Do you think $12 for a zipper is insane? Let me hear it in the comments!