The Spirit Of Shamballa
- Laura Lovett
- Laurent Segretier
- Alfred Ng of Mr. Sailor Tattoo
From the sidewalks of Brooklyn, New York to Gulou in Beijing, there is a style tribe proving that real men wear jewellery. Founded by Danish brothers Mads and Mikkel Kornerup in 2001, Shamballa Jewels is behind the now iconic style, a bracelet comprised of diamond-studded gold beads strung together by the ancient technique of macramé.
The influence of Buddhist teaching on the brand is strong – in Tibetan tradition, Shamballa is a mystical lost city and, as creative director, Mads Kornerup says, “Spirituality was the very origin of my designs.” The brothers believe that Buddhism is easy to relate to because “it directs you towards a way of life that highlights basic, good human values.”
Even the most corporate of men, uninspired by talk of chakras and energy lines will find something to love in collections that reflect some of life’s most sacred tenets of friendship and love. ‘I believe we need it even more today in our busy modern lives. We have to remind ourselves to stop, breathe and find balance,’ says Mads, adding, ‘I aim for them to be a daily reminder to explore and connect with our human values of compassion that you can wear.’
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REAL MEN WEAR JEWELLERY
There are now more and more icons in the public eye demonstrating the effortless edge that jewellery can add to an outfit. Aside from Jay Z, who set Shamballa onto its current stellar trajectory, the brand is worn by some of today’s biggest and most eclectic stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Usher, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Lewis Hamilton.
I started out designing for myself, so most of my designs are made for men,” Mads says. “I am inspired by ancient warriors and kings, who wore the most exquisitely crafted bracelets, crowns, necklaces and armours. They looked masculine and majestic.
Designed to trigger curiosity and inspire conversation, Shamballa does exactly that, making men both look and feel like modern-day heroes.