James de Givenchy


Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -


The nephew of renowned fash­ion de­signer Hu­bert de Givenchy, French-born James de Givenchy grew up in the fash­ion world. He be­came en­am­oured with gems when he joined Christie’s jew­ellery depart­ment, af­ter study­ing graphic de­sign at New York City’s Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. He then be­came head of Christie’s jew­ellery arm for the US west coast and later served as vice-pres­i­dent of jew­ellery brand Ver­dura.


De Givenchy opened his New York sa­lon in 1996, ini­tially work­ing with pri­vate clients on be­spoke pieces. He is known as a con­nois­seur of gems, with sculp­tural, whim­si­cal works her­alded for their colour and com­po­si­tion. De Givenchy likens his work to ar­chi­tec­ture, and feels his role as a de­signer is to find pieces that fit to­gether to solve a puz­zle.


Play­ing with ce­ramic to show­case fine met­als and pre­cious gems, De Givenchy’s work has been com­pared to fa­mous de­sign­ers such as Suzanne Belper­ron and Ray­mond Tem­plier. All of De Givenchy’s jew­ellery is pro­duced in the US. He em­bosses each piece with the French-gifted Statue of Lib­erty as a nod to the bridge be­tween his French her­itage and his US home.

COLOUR PLAY From top: James de Givenchy at his Madi­son Av­enue sa­lon; Taf­fin’s geo­met­ric cock­tail rings

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