SANDRINE DE LAAGE
In the past, Sandrine de Laage considered many cities as her home – Paris, London, Hong Kong, New York, and LA. “These places taught me that learning and embracing different cultures with their rich beauty’s symbols is an endless resource of inspiration,” says de Laage, who now lives in Ojai, a small town outside of Los Angeles. She discovered her passion for jewellery design during her first job with Cartier in Hong Kong when she was 22. Degrees in industrial design and business propelled her career from marketing to art director while still at Cartier. “My 20-plus years of experience is a tremendous advantage, no question,” admits de Laage, who also worked with Harry Winston and De Beers. In 2016, she launched her own label to design jewellery that hinge on simple aesthetics and are more accessible. Her designs are a study on the efficiency of minimalism and how powerful elemental shapes and essential symbols can be, with the Atelier Collection, My Collection, and Cocktail Collection as examples.
Sandrine’s Boyfriend ring – an interlace of a pavé and oversized band – is one of her most popular pieces, which is a new take on a classic piece. “The simpler the design, the more attention it requires during the production,” she adds. The designer also partners with non-profit organisations, where each piece of jewellery sold allows her to give back to women in need. “I believe that we have the power to make a difference as an individual and at a corporate level.”