When we first came across jeweler Jess Hannah’s instagram, we couldn’t help but dig her super casual and minimalistic grid. Her aesthetic is simple and effortless, never overpowering—just like her eponymous line of fine jewelry, J.Hannah. Characterized by clean lines and delicate details, her designs are celestial yet edgy by nature. We are hooked on Jess Hannah—and were so excited when she agreed to take us into her L.A. based studio. Jess shows us a thing or two about her craft while wearing her selects from our Spring '15 Collection.
How do you like to start your day?
I love my mornings and I try to keep things relaxed. I usually start with a cup of tea and answer emails on the couch for an hour or so. A couple times a week I'll go to the gym or yoga before that. Then I usually make a bite to eat and head up to my studio. That's when I start really getting into work mode. I'll plan my day and make my daily to do list.
What’s a typical day (in the studio) for you?
My days can vary a lot. Most days I answer emails, plan instagram/blog posts, work on jewelry designs and pack and ship orders. My days are often broken up by meetings or errands in the jewelry district - which is nice to get a little fresh air.
What’s your favorite thing about living in LA?
I love downtown LA specifically because I can walk everywhere. Yes, it smells like hot pee on every corner, but it is so worth it. Everything I need on a daily basis is steps away. Some general LA things I love are mostly food related. There are SO many great restaurants here and such a vast array of choices. My current fave restaurant is Bestia, in the Arts District.
We love that Global consciousness is a priority for you – tell us more about how this incorporates into your designs.
I use recycled gold whenever possible and always conflict free diamonds. I used to make all of the jewelry myself, but in order to keep up with recent demands, I now have a really great guy that helps me. My goal isn't to be a huge company, I just really love creating jewelry. It's more about quality than quantity for me. It's just me and my bench jeweler and no matter how big my line gets- it will always be handmade in downtown LA.
If you weren’t a jewelry designer, you’d be…
Unhappy. Jewelry design is such a huge part of my life, it's really hard to imagine what else I would do. My dad really wanted me to be a doctor but I’m horrible at science and totally squeamish, so I guess that would be off the table. I studied Graphic Design in University, so I would likely be doing something related to that if I had not gone down the jewelry path.
How did you originally discover Loeffler Randall?
I had seen the brand around pinterest and a few shops and had always really liked it. My first purchase was the Rider Satchel and I was thoroughly impressed with its functionality. There are two strap length options and tons of pockets in all of the right places, not to mention it's quite the looker. Cue "praise da lord" emoji.
What are you coveting from the SS15 collection?
I'm a big fan of the petra cross strap sandal in white. For me comfort always comes first and these guys really nail it. I am not a huge fan of bright colors so for me white is my color of choice to convey spring.
Current show you’re binge watching on Netflix?
My boyfriend and I just finished a binge marathon of Peaky Blinders. If you haven't seen it already then you should probably cancel your plans for this weekend.
We heart Jess—especially for offering LR Girls a super special discount on her jewelry. Use code: JHANNAHXLR20 for 20% off all J.Hannah jewelry.
the jewelry: www.jhannahjewelry.com
the blog: www.jesshannah.com
the insta: @jess_hannah