“2020 is an important year for me, both personally and professionally, marking both my 50th birthday and the 21st Anniversary of the House of Shaun Leane. It felt like an important moment to pause and reflect, bringing together images that have defined my career to date and the many collaborations that have shaped my practice. Many of the images have been taken by Ann Ray, a unique talent who captured the essence of the beautiful friendship and collaborative journey I shared with my dear friend Lee Alexander McQueen.
As I hope the reader will discover, these works are a milestone in my evolution as a craftsman and designer. Together they tell a story that twists and turns from the goldsmithing benches of Hatton Garden to the catwalks of London and Paris. As a young apprentice, I often visited the jewellery gallery at the V&A to be inspired by past masters and collected books as forms of reference and inspiration. Over the years it has been incredibly flattering to speak with students who now reference my work - it fills me with pride to think that this book could become part of a blossoming new jeweller’s collection and inspire and provoke them, as much as I am by the beautiful books in my library.” SHAUN LEANE