Inspiration can come from anywhere… that’s the mantra that inspires Ashley Marshall, founder and designer of Azuni. Far from taking the traditional course into jewellery design, Ashley began his career as a chef, working in some of London’s top kitchens, such as the Dorchester, The Ivy and La Caprice. Using his instinctive skills for combining different flavours and ingredients to create the most delicious dishes, Ashley decided to take this talent and apply it to designing jewellery. His confidence and flair for experimenting with unusual textures and stones created the most breathtaking results, now all he needed was some guidance on how to hone his craft so he decided to learn from the experts.
Ashley headed for South America, where he immersed himself in the Native American culture, studying their ancient art and embracing their philosophy. His unique approach to design developed during his extensive travels and then this was followed by three years studying at Sir John Cass Jewellery and Silversmithing University in London.
The thought of creating jewellery that quite literally sat ‘Between Two Worlds’ enabled Ashley to use his most creative ideas and apply them to pieces that were stunning, yet accessible. Combining his passions for tribal and ancient art with modern pop culture and fashion, Ashley’s concept of ‘Urban Tribes’ was born.