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Jew­ellery de­signer Marielle By­worth mixes cul­tures in her cre­ations for Mar­i­joli

With its light grey paint­work, a wall of mir­rors and lush vi­o­let up­hol­stery on arm­chairs and rugs, Marielle By­worth’s new bou­tique at PMQ in­stantly gives a sense of the Mar­i­joli woman—stylishly el­e­gant in an un­der­stated way. “I started my business in Tokyo,” says Swiss-born By­worth, who set­tled in Hong Kong by way of Tokyo and London. “I was fas­ci­nated by the har­mony and el­e­gance of Ja­panese de­sign and loosely based my first de­signs on sakura [cherry] blos­soms.” Those first de­signs, which she made for her­self and a few friends, even­tu­ally cap­tured the at­ten­tion of Tokyo’s stylish set and cat­a­pulted By­worth into cre­at­ing col­lec­tions for cut­ting-edge bou­tiques such as Re­stir and Beams. After mov­ing to Hong Kong, By­worth’s business took on an ad­di­tional cre­ative role: “A lot of women come to me and ask me to take apart and re­design fam­ily jew­els and vin­tage pieces, which is fun in a dif­fer­ent way. I try to cap­ture my client’s taste and style.”

I started de­sign­ing jew­ellery for my­self—pieces that I would like to wear

SO SIM­PLE Marielle By­worth, sim­ply el­e­gant in a lit­tle black dress and jew­ellery of her own de­sign, at her PMQ bou­tique

“The de­sign of my bou­tique is based around this re­fur­bished 18th- cen­tury safe. I worked with an ex­pert in Paris to find the per­fect one”

“A per­fect com­bi­na­tion of del­i­cate cou­ture- like de­tails on a stand­out shape, th­ese Jimmy Choo peep- toes are my cur­rent favourite”

“This Alexan­der McQueen clutch has got me into trou­ble at many air­ports, but it will al­ways be one of my favourite gifts from my hus­band”

“My mother used to be a watch­maker at Rolex, so I have been wear­ing Rolex watches my en­tire life. This Date­just matches ev­ery­thing I wear”

“This was a gift from my friend many years ago and it’s now my sig­na­ture scent; I love the woody un­der­note— it’s so dis­tinct”

“I grew up eat­ing Grether’s Pastilles while liv­ing in Switzer­land and now I give them to my kids”

“I re­cently de­signed some hand bracelet styles for Mar­i­joli; they’re a great al­ter­na­tive to rings and bracelets”

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