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Ask the Designer – Maryam Razavi: What makes jewelry so meaningful for me

This spring, we complemented the Maryam Razavi’s stunning The Universe In You collection with The Hoops earrings. Inspiring fashion expert Maryam – model, stylist, presenter, and designer – sat with us to discuss what jewelry trends will look like in 2021.

What kind of Jewelry trends are you enthusiastic about in 2021?

In the Corona year, I have thrown the trends in the trash and set off more about what I feel is wonderful and empowering. It is crucial to me that clothes and the accessories I wear are the ones that make me feel good and through which I can be more connected to myself.

 

How do you connect Jewelry to different situations?

I love jewelry, and I am the kind of person who even sleeps with jewelry! I do not have separate casual or party jewelry, I want my jewelry to fit every situation. Even delicate jewelry can be spectacular and perfect for parties, and yet appropriate in cocktail events. My style is relatively carefree, and I tend to adjust my style quickly with accessories – for example, by switching to heels, I can easily shift from one mood to another.

How do you make designed pendants and rings work with different outfits?

Because The Sun pendant and earrings are so graceful, they easily match with different styles and other jewelry. I love layering different jewelry in the same outfit and indeed, I am pretty open-minded about combining jewelry. I can wear for example diamond or pearl jewelry and complement them with other types of jewelry.

What do you think fashion will look like in the near future?

Based on the fashion weeks, the jewelry is trending towards larger pieces on the other hand but also in a more elegant direction. Generally, on trends, there are a lot of translucent, fringes, and beautiful silhouettes. The earthy tones accentuate the colors along with the neon colors. I think many of us have a desire to bloom again after a year spent mostly at home due to Corona.

What does Jewelry mean for you? 

Jewelry means a lot to me. Jewelry is somehow magical – like amulets – and I want the jewelry to always go with me. Jewelry creates meaning through the story it represents. At its best, jewelry has tremendous power: they empower, reminds you about your worth and cultivates your graceful and elegant presence.

 

Text: Suvi Annola and photos: Laura Paananen

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Ask the designer – Laura Paananen: Responsible, high quality, and timeless jewelry

Behind every great story is the meaningful and inspirational path. We caught up with the founder Laura Paananen in her Helsinki home to hear about the secrets of Luv North and hear more stories behind everyday luxury goods.

What is the most important message of Luv North jewelry?

We strongly believe that jewelry is not just a celebration, but every day, every moment – and above all, for everyone. We want to design modern jewelry that allows anyone, regardless of gender, to easily express themselves in their daily lives. We want our jewelry to last a long time and not age after one season.

How is Luv North different from other fashion influences?

We want our brand to be communal and interactive. The first collaborative collections were designed with Maryam Razavi in ​​2019 and we also want to make interesting designers known through our brand and jewelry.

Interactivity and community also mean that our brand focuses not only on our designers but also on our customers and the community that follows us: we involve our followers in social media channels, for example in the design and product development of future collections, and market our jewelry through the popular brand ambassador program.

On the other hand, we want our customer service to be as accessible as possible and therefore our customer service can be approached not only by traditional e-mail but also by private messages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing jewelry?

I draw inspiration for our jewelry above all from nature – near and far. Luv North has its roots deep in Savo, in the middle of forests and lakes. On the one hand, we are inspired by the national landscape of Lapland, on the other hand, by urban and maritime Helsinki. Nature conservation and the principles of sustainable development are important to us and we want them to play a central role in everything we do. For example, we take these principles into account in all our raw material choices and strive to find the producers of our jewelry materials as close as possible and produced them as responsibly as possible.

 

What makes Luv North jewelry high quality and responsible?

Our jewelry can be used with a clear conscience, as all our jewelry is designed, manufactured, and packaged in Finland. Our jewelry is handmade both in Vallila, Helsinki, and in the heart of Savo in Suonenjoki, with my father.

We ensure the transparency of the jewelry production process from product materials to all stages of the production chain. We know the origins of the materials of all our products already at the jewelry design stage and we know all our partners well.

I initially did not think that I am building a particularly responsible brand, but now I can say that we have it. In responsibility, we want to get better every day.

 

The Sun Hoops are part of The Universe In You Collection designed by Maryam Razavi.

What motivated you to work as a jewelry entrepreneur? How do you feel proud?

Luv North is a young jewelry brand as we will soon be only six years old. In six years, however, there has been a lot of growth. A month ago, Fashion Finland – one of the longest-running fashion industry communities – highlighted Luv North as the future gold grain of jewelry alongside a few other jewelry brands (link to the article). This and many of our other jewelry First Steps motivated me to continue with the story of Luv North. I hope that one day we could become a strong Nordic jewelry design brand.

 

Text: Suvi Annola, photos: Nikita Tikka and Laura Paananen

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Designer Stories: Maryam Razavi

Luv North’s second Designer Story is about Maryam Razavi, Finnish stylist, model, author, and tv-hostess, who is known for her kindness and work ethics. Razavi’s first-ever jewelry design collaboration was launched in fall 2019, and the jewelry has already be seen in several Finnish magazines.

Razavi has Finnish-Iranian roots, which inspired her to look deeper into those fond memories from her childhood. “There’s so much beauty and inspiration everywhere. That’s why I always keep my eyes, ears, and heart open. The Universe In You Collection is inspired by my most personal memories of my family and Iranian roots. Being able to go back to my childhood through the jewelry I’ve designed instantly warms up my heart and brings a smile to my face”, explains Razavi.

The Universe In You collection is inspired by her grandmother’s sunburst mirror, which gave its shape to the collections’ first two pieces, The Sun necklaces. The story behind the name of the collection is simple: we have the whole universe within us. The universe reflects the idea that every one of us is enough just the way we are and everything is connected. Although the message of the collection has a personal meaning to Razavi, she highlights that anyone can relate to the values of family, roots, loyalty, sustainability, and the fact that everything is connected. Razavi sums up that “only by being kind to each other and the earth we will accomplish great things”.

The Universe In You Collection can be purchased HERE.