Watch the acclaimed jeweller share his first memories of fashion and tales of his ‘amazing’ apprenticeship making fine jewellery in Hatton Garden. Describing his ‘favourite phase’ restoring antique pieces, Leane credits his past masters with inspiring him to produce ‘my own jewellery that is a statement of the times that we live in now’, in reaction to the ‘real mass production era’ of the 1990s. Leane reflects: ‘That’s when I fell in love with design. Then through a moment of serendipity I met Alexander McQueen, and off we went.’
Watch Leane’s revealing interview now, complete with stories of his innovative work with McQueen - ‘nothing was impossible’ - and his continuing need to push boundaries in the wake of his collaborator’s tragic, untimely death. Don’t forget to review the rest of the rolling In Fashion interview series featuring fashion luminaries from Daphne Guinness to McQueen himself.