A horse stampede may not make the most traditional of jewelry, but Jordan Askill isn’t your typical jewelry designer. The Australian native bolted out of the gate after graduating from fashion school in Sydney, scoring a stint at Ksubi—the designers happen to be close, personal friends—before spending three years at Dior Homme in Paris.
Askill has since moved away from fashion, but his high-concept jewelry, which he describes as “portable miniatures” of his large-scale sculpture, has captured the attention of retailers, designers, and tastemakers alike. “I start with objects that I find,” says Askill of his unique design process. “This gives my work more resonance and a strong point from which a shape can change and manifest. I re-sculpt the object to my desired form using both artisanal and 3D techniques.”
A second jewelry line, Jordy by Jordan Askill, integrates the same motifs in a more wearable manner. “The understanding behind my more accessible range is they are of more universally understood motifs. We situate these pieces in a wider selection of boutiques [Rick Owens in Paris, Dover Street Market in London] and they can there for touch, and filter through to a wider audience.”
“Fashion to me is about constantly creating something desirable that can be shared with others as fashion constantly races forward,” he continues. “I’ve realized it is important for me to create work that can harness this element.”