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Håkan Orrling, arild links

ARILD LINKS by Håkan Orrling 

Arild Links is a young, passionate jewellery brand on a mission to shake up the fashion industry. They are all about attitude, transparency and ethically sourced material. Co- founder & Designer Håkan Orrling says, "We want to change the perspective from the value of the jewellery to the value of human beings." This statement captures the essence of the brand's spirit. Arild Links partners with human rights organisations and among using gold and precious stones they pioneering the use of Humanium Metal, made from destructed illegal firearms. Fine Jewellery – Fine Future.

Håkan Orrling of arild links

"My vision can sometimes be difficult to define. But you can easily say that it is not at all about color and shape as many may believe. Therefore, the concrete vision is as vague as a future imaginary work of art you do not know you will create. I usually set a framework for what I do not want to land, I find surfaces I can take the bar against and then at the same time I start from different important values that I can lean on."

Håkan Orrling | ARILD LINKS

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Mini Interview with Håkan Orrling

What is the biggest learning experience you have had?
To be forced to work with small funds and small budget. It forces a special kind of creativity that you when you get access to more have enormous benefit from.

What is one vice you wish you could give up?
That in some situations I care too much about what my surroundings should think about what I create.

What is a cause that is important to you?
Peace and Love.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?
When someone asks. What do you get all the ideas from? And the answer is, do not know they just come.

What was the biggest rookie mistake you made when just started?
I was too modest with my vision and thought more in courses like art and studio rather than brand building.

When are you the most inspired?
Sometimes when you wake up in the middle of the night and it is impossible to fall asleep again and the thoughts dig holes in the brain, then it is important to catch the fruit.

What song can you listen to on repeat?
Highlands with Bob Dylan 16 minutes long meditative and perfect for the working brain.

What makes you smile the most?
My kids.

What is one thing people do not know about you?
That I'm scared of flying and that I was a knight in my previous life who was stabbed in the chest. Seriously, I'm pretty straightforward and open and do not hide any major secrets.

Vintage or new?

What is your favourite part about being a designer?
When I suddenly discover that I have set off on a whole new path, especially when I have been unaware of the direction for a while.

What are the three things you cannot live without?
My kids, my wife and myself.

Window or aisle seat?

What is your current Netflix character obsession?
The Crown.

What is the most adventurous thing you have done in your life?
Getting married and having a family, your constantly getting challenged and I love it!

How would you define yourself in three words?
Hungry, broadly focused, and quickly bored. 

Håkan Orrling of arild links
Håkan Orrling of arild links