Opes Robur founders Jake Allen & Patrick McCann are a London-based jewellers that have built an empire with their bold yet elegant, minimalist yet timeless designs. Since 2015, Opes Robur have been creating handmade jewellery that proves simplicity is beautiful.
Opes Robur have collections which ooze luxury and quality. Their Love Bracelets, Miniature World, Exotic Leathers & the Linear Collection are unique and quirky treasures. They balance quirky and extravagant designs with classic simple designs and cater for both men and women. All pieces are made from the finest materials and are intended to make the wearer stand out and feel a sense of individuality.
We talk to Jake Allen, half of Opes Robur to find out what inspires them, the best advice they've been given and what they see for the future of the brand.
How did your brand begin?
Opes Robur was founded in 2015 by myself and my business partner Patrick McCann. We previously worked together as songwriters but had both always had a passion for jewellery. We started the brand with the aim to make unique pieces for the stand out individual!
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
My father was a lover of jewellery and watches so I think my love for fine jewellery started at a young age! I like the freedom of design and the whole process of creating unique and luxurious pieces of jewellery.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
We firmly believe that simplicity is beautiful - it doesn't have to be plain or boring! Our latest collection 'Miniature Marvels' is a collection based on the beauty of the everyday world around us, featuring miniature designs of everyday items.
How is your jewellery made?
Each piece of Opes Robur jewellery is meticulously crafted by hand using only the finest materials. We want every piece of jewellery that leaves our workshop to be a piece someone will wear for a lifetime and pass on through generations.
Are there any celebrities you would love to see wearing your designs?
We've been very lucky to have various celebrities choose our designs including singers Ella Eyre & Kehlani. Having worked in music, we both have a love for the art. I'd love to see our designs on the incredibly talented Sabrina Claudio!
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
We want someone to feel unique. Our jewellery is designed to ensure they stand out from the crowd and enable them to express themselves as an individual.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Probably our gold signature screw cuff! They ooze class and sophistication with their luxurious yet understated design. I have worn mine every day for the last 2 and a half years, it's travelled the world with me!
Do you have any exciting future plans and where do you see your brand in 5 years?
We hope to branch into watches within the next year which for me is really exciting. In 5 years’ time I hope to have extended our point of sale internationally to make our most in demand pieces available to a wider customer base around the world.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? (And have you actually used it?)
That's a difficult one! I've been lucky to have great mentors through my life so I've had lots of opinions and input into the business. A good friend of mine once told me "Don't over think it, just do it and you'll figure it out from there."
What's your favourite quote?
"If opportunity doesn't knock - Build a door!"