That’s one of the reasons why we were drawn to this collection, created by Persian beauty, Leila Kashanipour, which dazzles with intricately crafted jewellery and playful motifs indicative of a subtly nomadic lifestyle. Taking inspiration from her home city, Leila’s jewellery pays homage to the cloud-piercing shapes of London’s skyline, whilst using fine graphic detailing and abstract forms to present the city’s architecture in an innovative and interesting way. Expect to find a plethora of stylish settings and gemstone arrangements, all of which bear the finer marks of a honed, passionate and considerate brand.
Leila’s company, Leivankash, was founded in 2011, shortly after she graduated with a BA in Jewellery Design from Central St Martins. Today Leivankash is a word celebrated for being synonymous with style. Funny to think that the brand has risen quickly from humble beginnings, propelled by the introduction of the Yellow Gold Oculus (Latin for ‘eye’) design, as well as the Oculus Rose adorned with faux-Pearls and Rose Gold plating, adding a soft pink touch to the marble-esque effusion.
The Oculus exhibited the luxurious cool that has come to define Leila’s brand, using a white Rhodium design accented with neatly sliced Pearls. The Oculus Rose was said to be inspired by Middle Eastern architecture, as well as monuments like The Shard or the London Eye in the capital city where Leila now resides. If you look closely enough you can almost see these landmarks in the angular lines and also feel the warmth emanating from the Rose Gold, reminiscent of a sunset peeling over the ruffled, grey surface of the Thames.
So far Leivankash has gathered quite a celebrity following, including the likes of Emma Watson, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo and Rita Ora. The brand has often been featured on the BBC and mentioned in mainstream media around the world, from Forbes to Harper’s Bazaar. You’ll find these unique Persian/British designs stocked in a range of high-end retailers, like Harvey Nichols, Luisa Via Roma and Saks 5th Avenue, as well as smaller stores across China, the Middle East and in other parts of Europe. Keep an eye out for the 2016 Classics Collection, which is set to rock the jewellery world, offering a strong, more traditional aesthetic reflecting the inspiration behind the origin of the brand.