ADLER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Gem Icons -

In the late 19th cen­tury, in­trepid Vi­en­nese gold­smith Jac­ques Adler moved to Istanbul to set up a jew­ellery work­shop. He soon be­came much in de­mand, and counted royal fam­i­lies among his de­voted clients. Now head­quar­tered in Geneva, another city known for its ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship, Adler con­tin­ues as a fam­ily en­ter­prise, with brothers Franklin and Car­los at the helm. The brothers were born in Istanbul and in­spired by the city of their birth. After study­ing in Eng­land and Switzer­land, they were de­ter­mined to bring an East-west flavour to the business.

From sourc­ing and buy­ing to de­sign and store man­age­ment, the fam­ily is heav­ily in­volved across the company’s net­work, which in­cludes bases in London, Hong Kong and Gs­taad, Switzer­land. Un­abashedly de­scrib­ing them­selves as ‘con­trol freaks,’ the Adler brothers keep the company ver­ti­cally in­te­grated to en­sure the qual­ity of the stones they buy.

Adler is known for its in­no­va­tive streak. To­day that means com­bin­ing car­bon with sparkling gem­stones, such as in its At­lantis line. Travel is a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion, with both brothers con­stantly on the move. This trans­lates into jew­ellery that showcases con­trast­ing artis­tic tra­di­tions with in­ter­na­tional in­spi­ra­tion.

Of his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with his brother, Franklin says: “We are equally at ease in dif­fer­ent cul­tures and we both travel ex­ten­sively. It is won­der­ful to know that while one is abroad, the other one is at head­quar­ters and able to deal with sit­u­a­tions as they arise. It is also im­por­tant to have sec­ond opin­ions. We use each other as sound­ing boards and dis­cuss all strate­gic de­ci­sions that will have an im­pact on the company.”

THE BROTHERS UN­ABASHEDLY DE­SCRIBE THEM­SELVES AS CON­TROL FREAKS, EN­SUR­ING THE QUAL­ITY OF THE STONES THEY BUY

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