Ryan Storer Spills the Sparkles


After a hiatus from the Australian market, jewellery couturier RYAN STORER is back and stronger than ever. 

TYSON AND PEPPA owner Joshua Kilroy sits down and talks business and aesthetic with the Aussie born designer.

TYSON AND PEPPA: What drove your creative mind for this current collection?

RYAN STORER: My last collection (Collection Six) was very much influenced by Art Deco structures, I tend to become quite obsessed in a single idea and repeat it over and over and until I feel like something has emerged. It began with my last trip to New York and my billion photos of the iconic Chrysler building.

The arched structures then became a focus point and I started seeing it everywhere I went. I wanted to create the feeling of movement without the piece necessarily having physical movement, so working with arched shapes gives the feeling of movement within solid pieces. Once I’m at this stage I devour every book and movie I can relating to it and walk around seeing the shape everywhere.


T&P: Why does jewellery make you happy?


RS: Jewellery is such a personal item for the buyer so I love the idea of designing and producing something that is adored (and adorned) by others - seeing people wearing my jewellery is a wonderful feeling. We work very hard and everything is hand made in our Sydney studio so the best reward is when someone gets joy from it. The late nights, weekends and destroyed finger tips are all worth it.

T&P: Tell us a little about the Ryan Storer aesthetic.


RS: I think I’m still searching for it.

I have such a love of all jewellery that it makes it near to impossible to pinpoint one (aesthetic). I feel like I’m torn every season as I need to make sure a collection is cohesive, yet if you look at studio walls there is a mash of every style
ever imagined. I do like to jump from aesthetic to aesthetic, possibly confusing to some but entertaining for me.

 

Cate Blanchett wears Ryan Storer earrings. 

T&P: Where do you find inspiration from?

RS: It changes every season, it can literally pop up in the most unexpected moments. My SS17 collection saw 2 different looks; one was a continuation of the last collection with a deco feel but much less severe and was completely Crystal.
The shapes were more soft, with curves and loops - almost like Crystal ribbon. The other side of the collection was much more organic and floral. It was all based around the Calla Lily so I wanted to keep like lines moving and tapered, to give it a much more organic feel including Pearl accents in long tapered tear drops…..

So I guess my answer is everything.

T&P: Where did you study/learn the art of jewellery making?

RS: I worked at Peter Lang for 11 years so was taught everything in house, which was such a free organic way to develop my style. I remained uninfluenced by what was happening around me in the world of fashion, so was really
able to hone in on my own aesthetic and approach to design, in my own way.

T&P: What makes you feel the most at home?

RS: Traveling (not being at home). I love flying and being in the air, its a mixture of no contact with the world and travelling somewhere that make me feel super calm. It's also a really important part of what I do in making sure I travel and experience as much newness as possible. Without this I would probably struggle to reset myself after every collection. It has now become part of my schedule when I go to Paris for selling 3 times a year. I make sure I fit in at least one week of travel at the end and if I can, a week before too.

T&P: What are your plans for the business over the next 2 years?

RS: A big part of my business is developing jewellery for other brands which I love. It allows me to enter another aesthetic and interpret it in my way while still being true to the client. This side I love as it also allows me to “play” in a sense
and not be too caught up in my own world - and of course is not branded RYAN STORER so is kind of freeing at the same time. The development side of my business is definitely growing rapidly and is going to be a big focus, but at the same time I have 2 designer collaborations coming up in 2017 that I’m looking forward to sharing. One is with an Australian brand and the other an international, both will be co-branded.

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Cate Blanchett wears Ryan Storer earrings. 

T&P: Where do you find inspiration from?

RS: It changes every season, it can literally pop up in the most unexpected moments. My SS17 collection saw 2 different looks; one was a continuation of the last collection with a deco feel but much less severe and was completely Crystal.
The shapes were more soft, with curves and loops - almost like Crystal ribbon. The other side of the collection was much more organic and floral. It was all based around the Calla Lily so I wanted to keep like lines moving and tapered, to give it a much more organic feel including Pearl accents in long tapered tear drops…..

So I guess my answer is everything.

T&P: Where did you study/learn the art of jewellery making?

RS: I worked at Peter Lang for 11 years so was taught everything in house, which was such a free organic way to develop my style. I remained uninfluenced by what was happening around me in the world of fashion, so was really
able to hone in on my own aesthetic and approach to design, in my own way.

T&P: What makes you feel the most at home?

RS: Traveling (not being at home). I love flying and being in the air, its a mixture of no contact with the world and travelling somewhere that make me feel super calm. It's also a really important part of what I do in making sure I travel and experience as much newness as possible. Without this I would probably struggle to reset myself after every collection. It has now become part of my schedule when I go to Paris for selling 3 times a year. I make sure I fit in at least one week of travel at the end and if I can, a week before too.

T&P: What are your plans for the business over the next 2 years?

RS: A big part of my business is developing jewellery for other brands which I love. It allows me to enter another aesthetic and interpret it in my way while still being true to the client. This side I love as it also allows me to “play” in a sense
and not be too caught up in my own world - and of course is not branded RYAN STORER so is kind of freeing at the same time. The development side of my business is definitely growing rapidly and is going to be a big focus, but at the same time I have 2 designer collaborations coming up in 2017 that I’m looking forward to sharing. One is with an Australian brand and the other an international, both will be co-branded.

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