fine jewellery

LVMH is backing cool jewels

Repossi Robert Mapplethorpe New York Times

An update from the world of fine jewellery. LVMH has quietly taken a majority stake in my favourite cult fine jewellery brand Repossi. According to Business of Fashion (paywall), LVMH (which owns Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chaumet and Bulgari) has upped its stake from 42 percent in 2015, to 69 percent in 2018. I’ve not heard much on the Repossi front lately, but BOF reports that it has been expanding its retail network, with shop-in-shops in Dubai, London and Doha, with New York and Tokyo to come.

I remember the London concession in Selfridges but don’t think it’s in the same spot, so I’m wondering if it’s moved to a smaller position or disappeared altogether. Much as I love the spare aesthetic of creative director Gaia Repossi, I’m wondering if jewellery customers prefer something a bit more decorative at the moment. (Side note: Gucci is launching fine jewellery in July.) Which might be timely for the latest Repossi launch, a collection inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe (above). Launching later this year, Repossi has collaborated with the Mapplethorpe estate on a 24-piece tribute collection that take cues from his trove of home-made talisman jewellery.

In related LVMH news, there’s been a huge media push this week from Francesca Amfitheatrof’s first Louis Vuitton fine jewellery collection.  Formerly of Tiffany (I loved her minimalist Tiffany T collection), her debut line of flower blossom rings and drop earrings is much more genteel and romantic (I’m trying not to use the word ‘feminine’!) than the architectural pieces I expected.

Again, it suggests that maybe market trends are moving in that direction, away from the graphic, modernist pieces that define the ‘gentlewoman’ decade. Business of Fashion reports that the hard luxury market is growing fastest in Asia, whose nascent fine jewellery customers perhaps want to invest in more classic (read: unchallenging) pieces to start with. Just a thought. For me though, it’s all about those chunky chains with the square star-flower pendants…

Louis Vuitton fine Jewellery on model Signe Veiteberg
Louis Vuitton BBlossom fine jewellery Francesca Amfitheatrof
Louis Vuitton fine Jewellery

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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Buy it now: Cartier at Net-a-Porter

Cartier watch at Netaporter

Even though I didn’t buy it myself (it was a gift about 20 years ago), my Cartier Panthère watch has been one of my most faithful style companions. With its steel bracelet, curved corners and discreet sapphire winding crown, it really is a go-anywhere watch.

Net-a-Porter has just announced it will stock Cartier watches permanently on the site, following an initial test phase last year. It’s ramping up its offer of fine jewellery and watch brands and to accompany the news, it has released a new Cartier campaign. If anything can entice you to splash that cash, this is it. (more…)

First look at the Net-a-Porter fine jewellery and watch suite

Net-a-Porter fine jewellery edit

After a small blip, Net-a-Porter has finally unveiled its shiny new sub section. And the result is just that – beautiful, sleek and very chic. Back story: Net-a-Porter announced it would be upping its hard luxury game a few weeks ago with a proposed go-live date of mid April. (more…)

Net-a-Porter goes hard

Net-a-Porter fine jewellery hub

It’s been a while coming but Net-a-Porter is about to unveil its fine jewellery and watches hub at the end of the month. With more interest from women buying high-end jewellery for themselves (who needs husbands?!), plus the rise of the online luxury customer, there’s no better time to sell hard luxury online.

To date, Net-a-Porter has dabbled with a handful of legacy jewellery brands, including online pop-ups for Cartier and Chanel and collaborations with Tiffany, Piaget and Pomellato. (more…)