Gisele Ganne says that we have jewelry for most major life events, so why not have jewelry for divorce and mourning? When you hear her put it that way, her dark themes don’t seem so surprising. Gisele cites the Latin phrase “memento mori” (remember your mortality) as inspiration, noting that death and darkness are part of life, so it makes sense to confront and honor them. Gisele’s striking designs and materials bring light and splendor to these dark issues, allowing us to see the beauty in these challenging subjects. Florence Welch seems to agree – she is a huge fan of the collection, and Gisele explains why she is the perfect Gisele Ganne woman.
Giselle Ganne's Collection
Alexander McQueen quote that summarises Gisele's work
Bird of Prey Fur Necklace
Galerie de paléontologie in Paris; a source of inspiration for Gisele
Divorce Ring with Pink Stone
The Hiding Treasure Double Ring as seen on Florence Welch
Calling all budding jewelry designers. During their trip to Florence last week, our style hunters stopped off at the highly prestigious Alchimia college for experimental jewelry design and spoke to the co-founder Doris Maninger about what one can expect from this sought after course.
After days of hearing our style hunters Kiyan and Chiara wax lyrical on the wonders of Florence we decided they shouldn’t be the only ones having all the fun. In the interests of sharing, we took charge of their camera in a bid to get a bit of Florence magic ourselves.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip through Italy’s most magical town.
Our style hunters arrive in style
A spectacular opening to the weekend overlooking il Ponte Vecchio
Florence’s magnificent architecture is world-famous
The Piazza del Duomo
Stiletto wearers beware - Florence is famed for its cobbled streets
The famous jewelry boutique Fratelli Piccini on the Ponte Vecchio
Our style hunters certainly were busy bee’s last week in Florence for Pitti. In between scouting new talent, attending trade shows and events they still managed to find time to stop in on Boticca designer Larissa Landinez.
Venezuela born Larissa has spent the past nine years in Florence, honing her considerable talents and studying under such visionaries as Paolo Bernardoni and Marco Baroni.
Seeing each item she makes as a potential heirloom, Larissa is one of Boticca’s most interesting and unique designers. Discover more about this fascinating designer in our exclusive video where Larissa talks inspirations, her new high-end jewelry collection for Boticca and walks us through the making of her famous square bracelets.
Larissa hard at work
Larissa's faithful companion
It's not all work as Larissa has dinner with the Boticca stylehunters (with Kiyan pictured here)
As our Boticca twitter friends will know, last week our style hunters Chiara and Kiyan traveled to Florence, Italy for the prestigious Pitti. A highly stylish trade show devoted to promoting women’s fashion, this year as well as drawing crowds from across the globe, familiar faces such as Kirsten Dunst and Vivienne Westwood were also in attendance.
In between discovering new talent and catching up with old friends, Chiara and Kiyan made a trip to the sprawling back streets of Florence’s old town to the workshop of Boticca favorite Monaco Metropolitano and got the chance to discover more about the dedicated artistry at the heart of the brand from their very own Lanfranco.
Thanks to a genuine love and appreciation for the process,every piece that leaves this studio is painstakingly handmade.
For Monaco Metropolitano making their works is a labour of love.
So passionate are they about their art, even the carpet in the studio is hand stitched.
Famous for their inspiring works, tourists flock to the studio.