Store openings in Asia and a push into the US marked a busy year.
As we start the build up to the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers and supported by gold partner Ti Sento, we indulge in a bit of looking backwards to the leading lights of the jewellery industry that made it into the Hot 100 2011. Today is the turn of jewellery designer Shaun Leane whose year of good and evil projects made him a Trollbeads Trendsetter.
Shaun Leane has secured his position as one of the UK’s leading jewellery designers yet again this year with a busy 12 months, both in terms of creative projects and business growth.
Creatively, this year has been a strong one for Shaun. A major moment was the unveiling of Contra Mundum, an objet d’art he collaborated on with artist Daphne Guinness that was five years in the making. The white gold and diamond chainmail glove was unveiled to the world at a party at White Cube gallery owner Jay Jopling’s home that was attended by a glittering set of stars including Tom Ford, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and Sarah Burton.
“I am so pleased with this piece of art, I feel it has pushed me to create another level of fine jewellery, bringing armour to the 21st century,” says Shaun. “I am also thrilled to see the glove has received worldwide recognition.”
Another successful global event for the London-based jewellery designer was Savage Beauty in New York, a retrospective of the work of Shaun’s late friend and collaborator Alexander McQueen at which 15 iconic pieces of Shaun’s work for the fashion house were displayed. “The exhibition has had worldwide acclaim and has been the most successful exhibition to date that the MET has held with over 500,000 spectators and has promoted our house internationally,” says Shaun.
In terms of business expansion the brand opened its first flagship store in Southeast Asia in Hong Kong and also entered the US market when it exhibited at JCK Couture for the first time. The US and Southeast Asia are both markets that the brand intends to focus on in the coming year, as well as beginning to build relationships in the Middle East and forge ahead in the UK.
And the Shaun Leane team, based in London’s Hatton Garden, is not planning to slow down any time soon. “We have signed two very interesting deals, which you will hear about at the end of the year,” reveals Shaun. “One of which is focused on product design with a very respected brand. This is an arena we have never worked in
before and has been a truly exciting and innovate worldwide project.
It is going to be a very busy year for the Shaun Leane house but we will persist to continue creating beautiful pieces of work.”