Jan Lo­gan

She’s all about sym­bolic sparkles for your big “I do”!

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - NEWS -

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.

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