Jim Law from Larceny. Images supplied.
Jim Law is the designer and founder of newly launched jewellery brand Larceny which is now available online. During the nationwide lockdown in March Jim was inspired to leave his legal career as a solicitor behind and follow his passion for jewellery, resulting in the creation of Larceny. Each piece of jewellery is intended to empower the wearer and to transcend time, with distinct styles on offer that are carefully considered. Jim has a longstanding relationship with a manufacturer in Malaysia who has been making jewellery for his grandmother and mother since the 1970’s. It’s there that each piece is skillfully crafted and finished by hand so it is made to treasure and be handed down to the next generation.
We caught up with Jim to find out more about his brand, what inspires him and what you would never catch him wearing!
Tell us about your latest collection?
My debut collection “Kahn” is a celebration of simplistic forms and their ability to make an impact when thoughtfully arranged. When I set about designing, it’s crucial for me to find authentic inspirations to ensure original and instantly recognisable designs.
My initial inspirations for the Kahn collection stemmed from the brutalist style of architecture prominent throughout the mid to late 20th century and particularly from the work of architect, Louis Kahn. Buildings constructed during this period were monolithic in style and held a heavy presence about them – they were recognisable with their geometric style and widespread use of concrete and bricks as key building materials. From the inspirations within Kahn’s work, I embellished each half circle piece along its curve with reverse set stones for added depth and to give each piece a soft edge.
What made you become a designer?
My transition into jewellery design came more naturally than studying Law, despite what my surname may suggest!
Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around jewellery. Growing up, I would follow my grandmother and mum whenever they visited their craftsman for a bespoke piece of jewellery. I would sit there and watch the process. I remember always being completely absorbed as I watched the whole process. I was fascinated.
In recent years, I’ve helped my mum design several pieces. My first design for her was in 2014. It was a somewhat defining moment when my design came to life, much like an “awakening”. I realised my passion for jewels went beyond appreciating them and into designing them too. It might sound cliché, but I knew this was what I wanted, what I was good at and where my true passion laid. NZ’s lockdown in March accelerated things in the way that it lead me to fully commit myself into founding Larceny.
Jewellery from Larceny’s debut collection.
What inspires you?
Family, the arts, history, people, architecture and everything in between that injects beauty and soul into our surrounds.
Describe your personal style and how it influences your designs?
Understated yet bold, much like my designs – they’re simplistic in form but the reverse stone setting elevates each piece.
What is your all-time favourite purchase?
My all-time favourite purchase was actually an impulse buy and it’s remained a consistent favourite – an antique diamond and gold signet ring from an antique store. I went in without any intention of buying anything… until I saw the ring. Once I saw it, it began calling out for me and I had to buy it. The store’s closing down sale also helped, it gave me more of a reason to!
What wardrobe item should everyone invest in?
Extremely biased of me but also very true – jewellery! Especially pieces that are versatile and can easily take you from running errands to dinner.
Aside from jewellery, a quality linen shirt. It’s versatile, classic and an item you can never go wrong with.
Jewellery from Larceny’s debut collection.
Do you have a style rule you always obey?
Not much of a rule, but I always try to keep my clothes simple and pair each look with specific pieces of jewellery/a watch (currently my bangle and bracelet I wear daily). In my view, they’re ideal ways to elevate any look.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Launching my debut collection ‘Kahn’.
What can’t you live without?
Water, literally. I drink about 5 litres a day.
Finish this sentence – You would never catch me wearing…
Cuffed chinos and jeans.