Based in London, Lara Bohinc is one of the most innovative and exciting jewellers working in fashion today. She has designed fine jewellery for Cartier in Paris, Gucci, Lanvin, Exte, Guy Laroche, Julien McDonald and Costume National. She is also the creative director of her own fast-growing company.
Born in Slovenia in 1972, Bohinc has been devoted to fashion, jewellery and architecture from an early age. After studying industrial and graphic design at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, in 1994 she went to London, where she took an MA in jewellery and metalwork.
Winning a Marks & Spencer New Generation Design Award in 1997, she successfully launched her own jewellery label, Lara Bohinc 107, in the same year. She has been exhibiting at London Fashion Week since 1997 and Paris since 1998. While retaining a deep respect for the traditional principles of her craft, she has drawn on her familiarity with industrial techniques and materials to revitalise jewellery design. Harnessing such technological processes as photo-etching, laser-cutting and computer design, she has fused modernity of style with classical design to achieve a contemporary yet timeless elegance.
A mark of her work is versatility. A passionate believer in the universality of good design, she has made the most of opportunities to bridge the divide between jewellery and other fashion items. Her ultimate aim is to extend the output of her studio through a whole range of accessories – from handbags and purses to belts, sunglasses and even shoes.
Her precision approach lends itself to efficient, cost-effective production, but also enables her clients to achieve an exact visualisation of the finished product from an early stage. She enjoys the challenge and diversity of working across a broad spectrum of different brands. Sensitive to corporate needs, she brings to her consultancy work a flexibility that respects the heritage and identity of her clients, yet builds on them in an imaginative, original way.