Ben Rowe Becomes Creative Director of Shaun Leane

By Shaun Leane, PRNE
Sunday, May 15, 2011

LONDON, May 16, 2011 - Benjamin Rowe has been named Creative Director of the Shaun
Leane Jewellery House after working alongside company CEO Shaun Leane since
the company's founding in 1999.

With a background in fine arts, Rowe moved to London in 1998
to study jewellery-making at Sir John Cass. Upon discovering Leane's early
work for Alexander McQueen in the jewellery book Unclasped, he approached
Leane to solicit a work experience that would change the direction of his
whole career.

From rented benches in a cramped jeweller's studio, Rowe's
knowledge blossomed under Leane's tutelage. His first catwalk experience was
assisting Shaun with the Silver Rose Corset for Givenchy Haute Couture
(SS00); and his most memorable fitting the Pheasant Claw & Tahitian Pearl
Choker for McQueen's "What a Merry-Go-Round" show in AW01/02. After finishing
his degree in 2001, Rowe began working full-time for Shaun Leane.

From the beginning, Rowe drew and designed with Leane,
assisting not only with catwalk work, but with every bespoke jewellery
( commission, commercial
collection and high-end collaboration. An incredible partnership of chemistry
and balance, the pair created the exceptional "Queen of the Night" necklace
for Boucheron's 150th Anniversary; the "White Light" brooch for DeBeer's
Forevermark; along with the most iconic Alexander McQueen catwalk pieces of
the past decade.

Since 2000, Rowe has co-designed the house's silver jewellery
( and fine jewellery
( collections with
Leane, including the celebrated and iconic Entwined, Signature Tusk, Hook My
Heart; and the award winning Cherry Blossom Collection.

Ben Rowe became a Director of Shaun Leane in 2007; and was
named Creative Director in 2011.


    Nancy Wong


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