Friday, 8 February 2013

Lou Lou Chats with jewellery designer Clare Hynes

One of the things that I have loved about writing my blog is having the opportunity to connect with creative and talented individuals in the fashion industry. I always find their passion for what they do really inspiring. Today's post focuses on Clare Hynes, designer of some VERY beautiful pieces of jewellery.


Describe your jewellery in three words.

Statement, colourful, unique

Please tell us more about yourself.

I was born and raised in the UK. I then moved to Ireland where I lived for several years, before relocating to Northern China, where I now live for most of the year.

I studied graphic design in the UK and after graduating, began a successful career in magazine design, working for various women’s magazines in London, Sydney and Dublin.

It was during this time that I discovered my true passion for jewellery design. I began exploring my creative talent by making jewellery at home and creating experimental pieces for myself, my friends and family. Over the years I have developed and honed these skills and evolved my designs.

My designs have appeared in a wide range of UK and Irish press, including Grazia, Woman & Home, Marie Claire, Irish Tatler and The Irish Independent. My designs have also been worn by UK X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and were selected to be worn by two lead charaters in the popular American series 9O21O.

The New SS13 Empress collection takes inspiration from my surroundings in China.

Xiao-Xing necklace

Is there a signature ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ style?

The Statement necklace - rows of colourful stones combined with chains and threads.

Would you say ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ is more classic, or trend-led?

Trend-led, I like to look at the catwalk trends each season for inspiration for the next jewellery collection I’m designing

There are some stunning pieces in the collection, but do you have a favourite piece?

Thank you! At the moment my favourite is the Xiao-Xing necklace. We’re in the depths of Winter in Northern China at the moment so this piece adds a bright pop of colour to my outfits and reminds me of Summer!

What has been the highlight for you since starting your label?

When I saw my pieces adorned by Ariel Kebbel and Jessica Lowndes on 90210. I couldn’t quite believe that my designs were on an American TV series, and one that is watched by 1.6million people!

Looking back, is there anything that you would have done differently?

I don’t think so. Because of having two young children and then moving to China,  I was limited to what I could and couldn’t do. I know I have made mistakes but I have also learned from these mistakes.

What motivates you?

Just to keep on designing pieces that people want to wear. I am forever thinking of new designs and ideas. And I think I will always make and design  jewellery. It’s my passion and something that I can’t not do!

What is in the pipeline for ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ in 2013?

To carry on building my brand awareness and to increase my stockists.

If you could see your jewellery on anyone, who would it be?

Olivia Palermo without a doubt!

What advice would you give to people who are looking to start their own fashion business?

Be prepared for putting in the hours but trust your instincts and keep at it. Your first order or your first piece of press will make it all worthwhile.

Be organised, but things will not always go to plan so you also need to be able to adapt to work out different solutions.

Where can we find ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’?

Anthropologie – Kings Road, and Regents Street London;,

Top Tip?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! 




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