She’s all about symbolic sparkles for your big “I do”!
When did your love of jewellery begin?
It began when I was a small child. I’d dress myself and my dolls up, then fossick in my mother’s jewellery box to find the perfect finishing touch. At age seven, I was allowed to go to the Saturday matinee at the Strand Picture Theatre in Narrabri, NSW, where I was fascinated by the musicals and all the Hollywood glamour, with the beautiful clothes and the jewellery. To this day, movies remain a significant influence.
And when did you decide to make jewellery your everyday work?
When the youngest of my three sons went to boarding school, I bought a 20 per cent shareholding in a local country jewellery shop. It was the serendipitous start in my career. During this time, I was also doing private jewellery exhibitions and sales in NSW and Queensland, where I built up a loyal following.
When did you decide to launch Jan Logan the brand?
We moved to Sydney in the mid-1980s and I opened a small shop in Double Bay’s Royal Arcade in 1989. The media liked the jewellery we were presenting, which was the start of the evolution of our brand.
What do you love the most about what you do?
I love working with and meeting new and interesting people. It’s the most stimulating part of my role.
What’s your favourite part of working within the fashion industry?
I find it exciting and challenging. We’ve worked with many Australian designers, such as Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa.
And how about working with all the engaged couples?
It’s heartwarming to take part in the special, symbolic choice of selecting engagement and wedding rings. The design inspiration always comes from the initial conversation with the couple, listening to their ideas and gently leading them through this important joint decision. And I love getting to know and understand the couple – I get so much pleasure from bringing their choice to fruition.
How did you come up with the brand’s philosophy?
When I started in the industry, I had a very clear idea of our style and aesthetic – a philosophy that’s remained constant as our brand has grown. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel as well, to places such as London, Europe and Asia, and I absorbed design influences along the way. Every day is a learning experience.
Where do you source inspiration for the designs?
My inspiration comes from observing the world around me – fashion, people on the street, movies, books, art, architecture, nature… all these elements influence me creatively.
Any memorable customers?
I had one prospective bride who asked me to put aside a sapphire and diamond ring she really loved until her boyfriend proposed. Of course I put it away for her – and of course her boyfriend proposed! It was a very happy story. It’s such a pleasure and privilege to help establish relationships.
What’s next for the brand?
This year we’ve opened in Brisbane as well as on the Gold Coast. And we’ll continue to look for opportunities overseas.
Visit janlogan.com for more.