Laichan and Carrie K Collaborate on a Collection of Jewellery and Cheongsam

Laichan and Carrie K Collaborate on a Collection of Jewellery and Cheongsam

Modern takes on traditional symbols for Chinese New Year and beyond.

Both known for their knack for transforming Chinese cultural symbols into unique and modern designs, cheongsam designer Goh Lai Chan (Laichan) and jewellery designer Carolyn Kan (Carrie K) would seem like a style match made in heaven. But it was only recently that both local design veterans teamed up for the first time to create a capsule collection of “untraditional cheongsam, and pearl and jade Fu collection jewellery“.

(You may also like: Bulgari and MB&F Team Up To Create Jewellery Watches That Are Both Complex and Ornate)

Upper left: Fu ring in 14K rose gold Upper right: Fu Twisty bangles (green jade with 14K yellow gold, or ice jade with 14K rose gold) Lower right: Fu ear studs with statement drops Lower left: Fu ear studs (green jade with 14K rose gold) with Fu ear jackets

Comprising seven cheongsam designs and six pieces of jewellery that allow for a multitude of styling options — a Carrie K signature — the collection offers reinterpretations of traditional Chinese symbols: the phoenix, and the five bats that represent the popular festive greeting wu fu lin men. The Chinese phrase refers to the five blessings of health, wealth, longevity, virtue and the peace of mind of having lived a good life. In a prerecorded video chat with Goh, Kan shares, “(We had) the idea of telling the story of wu fu lin men because during Chinese New Year, everybody says it, but nobody knows what it means. I thought it was really important to have that story in the pieces and hopefully our culture, our heritage will get passed on from generation to generation.”

Pearl necklace with Fu pearl clip and Fu pearl connectors

In the jewellery collection, the five bats are represented by abstract, cloud-like outlines that give the pieces a graphic quality. Kan humorously adds that she chose to use pearls and jade because she wanted to breathe new life into what are often thought of as “grandma gemstones”. The range comprises earrings (including studs that can be worn alone or with an elongated ear jacket), rings, bangles, and connectors and clips that can be added to existing necklaces. Priced between $1,300 to $1,980, they are made from 14K gold and set with diamonds, and hand-polished Type A ice jade or green jade. While there will be ready pieces that clients can avail themselves of in time for Chinese New Year, the collection also includes custom-made pieces, such as a Phoenix pendant connector that can be customised in 14K or 18K gold, which will require three months’ lead time.

(You may also like: Dior and Kenny Scharf Teams up Again For a Capsule Chinese New Year Collection)

Prev1 of 7

Prev1 of 7

, , , , ,

Type keyword(s) and press Enter