A QUEST FOR IDENTITY

"LUK KHRUENG" (HALF CHILD)

CIRCULAR*

16

NECKLACES

LIMITED*

6

EARRINGS

UNIQUE*

6

CLIPS

*EACH CHAIN IS UPCYCLED AND SOURCED BY THE DESIGNER HERSELF.

*THERE ARE 16 NECKLACES, 6 EARRINGS AND 6 CLIPS AVAILABLE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

* ALL PIECES ARE ONE OF A KIND AND UNIQUE.



NECKLACES

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THE CLIP

Taking inspiration from the designer’s roots, this piece is a traditional accessory from thailand, typically worn on a shirt collar or pocket beneath or above the heart. The traditional clip has a buddha pendant attached to it but this clip was redesigned with unique upcycled chainpieces that were collected over the years giving the clip its very own meaning.

 


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EARRINGS

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PACKAGING

All pieces of this collection are packaged in handmade bags made of thai silk and cotton. The fabrics were used for the set of the campaign shooting and upcycled to reduce waste. We believe in sustainability while creating beautiful products.


A QUEST FOR IDENTITY - "LUK KHRUENG" (HALF CHILD)

EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION 2022

Translating as “half child,” “Luk Khrueng” is a word used to refer specifically to people who are half Thai. While born and bred in Germany, designer Lani Lees’ mother—who she was raised by—hails from the north of Thailand, and her dual heritage has caused her to question her identity and search for a sense of belonging throughout her life. This is the foundation of her latest jewelry collection, Luk Khrueng (half child): A quest for identity.

Featuring 16 necklaces, 6 earrings, and 6 “clips”, the collection is inspired by the look, shape, and design of Thai jewelry. Upcycled from silver necklaces and chains found on Lees’ trips around the world, every piece is not only circular and sustainable, but also completely unique. Just like people, who have different roots and backgrounds, each piece of jewellery is embedded with its own individual history, having had a former life before being transformed for this collection.

All of the pieces were photographed in rice fields in the north of Thailand, referencing the fact that Lees’ maternal family are rice farmers. Modelled by three people, including Lani’s mother, who is the main character of the campaign, the images aim to explore what it means to be a woman, wife, mother, and daughter, as well as the wider role of gender in today’s society.

As Lani grew up in a trio with her mother and brother, she also sees the campaign images as a metaphorical family portrait. It references her own experience of being a daughter, woman, and so-called Luk Khrueng.

Each piece of the collection is circular, limited, unique and exclusively available online at www.lanileees.com .