The 2010/11 collection of luxury handmade necklaces by Nicole Akong has been launched for this autumn and is a celebration of jewellery as the ultimate physical embellishment to convey status, individual style and power. Here, Nicole has applied traditional stitching and weaving techniques to the materials and language of jewellery making — chains are weaved together to make fabrics, trims are stitched on to chains — to produce the most exquisite and intricate embellishments fit for fashion royalty.
LeJu is a fusion of two talents: Lenny Trines, a Dutch-born jewellery designer, and Juan Munoz, a London-based businessman from Colombia. It was in South America that Lenny discovered her natural talent and creativity by working with various artisans, learning different techniques. She is truly inspired by the natural world stating, “I work with a product that has a wonderful purpose, which is to help stop the killing of elephants to obtain ivory. Moreover, it is 100% sustainable and its quality is superb. I try to create designs, which reflect its roots. Nature is full of wonderful colours and I use them to reflect it in people’s lives.” The 'Botanias' bracelet is part of their new autumn/winter collection - a combination of Vegetable Ivory seeds skillfully carved and intermixed with Horn presented in their characteristic bold colours.
Visit any of the above designers in the 'Jewellery 'Passage of The Secret Arcade.