Jan Logan’s approach to jewellery design is much like the woman herself, elegant and refined with an international influence. Her work has been widely accepted as setting a standard in simple design without sacrificing craftsmanship. Now with her son Angus on board, Jan Logan looks to the future with an expansion into Asia and an exciting affiliation with the Australian Film Institute.
I do believe my country life has given me a more grounded approach to business. I was born in Narrabri in North Western NSW. My early life was lived through my imagination playing dress-up, rifling through my mother’s jewellery box and attending movies at the Saturday matinee. My passion for adornment and design kicked in early!
My path to jewellery design was serendipitous – a confluence of fortunate events. After raising three sons, I took a job with the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce. World travel ensued, where I started buying antique jewellery in London and stones in the East. My jewellery career began in earnest when I started designing jewellery after entering into partnership with a local Narrabri jeweller. Then in 1989, after a move to Sydney, the first store in Double Bay was opened.
I hope what sets us apart is our philosophy. Simple and elegant but with a bohemian edge. I design with a certain type of woman in mind, a dynamic modern woman who uses jewellery as a daily accessory. Our trend in jewellery design has remained fairly consistent – designs with a fashion influence, simplicity, elegance and attention to detail with superb craftsmanship. This criterion applies to our engagement rings in particular.
As Managing Director, my son Angus oversees the running of the business. Angus returned to Sydney in 1996 with an international influence. He saw potential in the business and expanded the brand to Melbourne, Hong Kong and Perth. Further expansion into the Asian market is planned for 2012, as well as growth of the online store.
I’ve always loved fashion, jewellery and cinema. I remember the stars of the time more than the actual films! I loved Jeanette MacDonald, Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire. We like to support Australian Film because we believe it’s important to our culture.
It was a natural affiliation for us to become involved with the Australian Film Institute. We support up and coming Australian talent by featuring young actresses in our yearly catalogue as the face of Jan Logan. The first was Rose Byrne then emerging stars such as Rachael Taylor, Maeve Dermody, Adelaide Clemens and Teresa Palmer have also been onboard. Most recently we have featured Melbourne girl, Caitlin Stasey.
Visit Jan Logan’s Melbourne flagship store at 90 Collins Street, Melbourne. www.janlogan.com.au
Images courtesy Jan Logan