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REINO LEHTONEN-RILEY'S ESSENTIAL ITEMS

8 July 2022

Visiting The Great Frog's designer at his countryside home, END. explore what makes Reino Lehtonen-Riley tick with his essential items.

ESSENTIALS: Reino Lehtonen-Riley from The Great Frog
From his Harley Davidson Motorcycle keys to a Rolex Submariner, The Great Frog Shackle bracelet and a small red Japanese tool box, Reino Lehtonen-Riley’s essential items tell a story of a person entrenched within his own unique amalgam of broad cultural interests.

Representing myriad tastes and influences, Reino has spent the past twenty years at the helm of the legendary British jewellery brand, The Great Frog. Taking over from his mother and father in the early noughties, the Creative Director and Head Designer deftly blends the brand’s immense history with a forward-thinking approach to design and ethical business practices, cultivating an identity that incorporates his own network of inspirations and interests. Looking at Reino’s most treasured possessions, it’s clear that exceptional quality and craftsmanship is valued highly, whilst heritage and personal connection drives the importance of a great number of his pieces, imbuing them with a collective history that ensures he is forever tied to them.

Delving into the designer’s END. Essentials, Reino’s interests are instantly apparent and wide-ranging. From motorcycling to jewellery design, mechanical watches and more, we take a look at the items that Reino simply can't live without.

ESSENTIALS: Reino Lehtonen-Riley from The Great Frog
18CT IWC LARGE SQUARE DRESS WATCH WITH ALLIGATOR STRAP

“There are 3 sets of keys - most importantly, a 1956 Harley Davidson that belonged to my Uncle that we tracked down in Florida and brought back to England,” says Reino, “There are keys to a very original low mile 1987 Buick grand national - my dream car made into a reality. And lastly, keys to my black Porsche 911 - 964 - my driving car: another dream and it’s everything I imagined. They will all be with me until I pass them down to my kids.”

ESSENTIALS: Reino Lehtonen-Riley from The Great Frog
THE GREAT FROG GOLD SKULL SIGNET RING

“My Joe King Helmet was custom made for me by my friend Paulo in Brazil, who makes the best chopper helmets money can buy! Containing all of the tools of the trade, mostly handmade or inherited, my small red Japanese tool box goes everywhere with me and I would be utterly lost without them. The 1979 Rolex Submariner watch was a present to myself for my 40th birthday - I wear it every single day and it is completely battered, just the way I like it! The other watch is an 18 carat IWC large square dress watch with an alligator leather strap. It's an extremely special item to me as it has been passed down from my grandfather.

All of my The Great Frog jewellery is essential, for different reasons. The Shackle Bracelet, for example, was designed with riding motorcycles in mind. I wear it every day, although I unfortunately don't ride every day! The Gold Skull Signet Ring is also perfect for every day and every occasion. Lastly, our The Great Frog x Cutler and Gross sunglasses, which have been a huge achievement for us. It's been such a pleasure to work with such an incredible company, and I am immensely proud of the result."

ESSENTIALS: Reino Lehtonen-Riley from The Great Frog
THE GREAT FROG GOLD CROSS BONES PENDANT
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