From playing muse to Bob Dylan (Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat) to adorning the likes of Kurt Cobain, Edie Sedgewick, Jackie Kennedy, Linda Evangelista, Michelle Obama and even Seshat the Egyptian Goddess of Wisdom – many a pop-cultural icon has channelled the killer cool of leopard. First seen in depictions of Dionysus (the Greek God of Wine….. no comment.), leopard’s cult status runs wild throughout history but it was Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ collection in 1947 that really saw the pattern captivate the mainstream, giving it the ‘chic’ cache it still enjoys today. Often referred to as spots, the ‘rosette’ of the leopard skin is thought to help the predator hunt – serving as a kind of camouflage in the wild. Born to single mothers, leopards are powerful, independent and exquisite creatures that adapt to any environment – from sleeping in trees to swimming in water, it is the traits of the leopard to which we Upsiders are instinctively drawn..