Business Wisdom from Tiffany’s Francesca Amfitheatrof

Tiffany & Company’s first female design director FRANCESCA AMFITHEATROF talks the two biggest facets of her life: travel and jewellery…

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Francesca Amfitheatrof has had a life of culture and travel. Her American father was a journalist while her Italian mother was a public relations executive (at Valentino and Armani) and as a child, Amfitheatrof lived in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow and Manhattan. More recently the 44-year-old designer lived in London.

“My life in London was pretty settled. I had just redone my home, and I was about to hang my art collection.” But once again, she was on the move. Not that she minded the relative upheaval of moving herself, her husband and two young children to New York.

“This is a dream job. And I feel that life is made up of cycles. If things happen at the right moment in your life, then it’s impossible to say no to them.” Having previously designed a collection of accessories for Marni, jewellery for Chanel and Fendi, silverware for Asprey and a range of objects for Alessi, Amfitheatrof is no stranger to the world of design.

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With Tiffany T she takes the plunge for the iconic jewellery house. T is a play on angles and curves: deep cuffs, chains, elegant pendants and stacking rings (which start at the relatively inexpensive entry price of €350) executed in rose, yellow and white 18-carat gold and sterling silver. These are fashionable pieces you’ll want to buy for yourself and keep forever, much as you would a sturdy handbag, or a good coat. And you can wear Tiffany T to the office, as Amfitheatrof does. “I wanted to do a collection you can style together, so you can choose from within it and feel quite confident in styling it yourself.”

Tiffany T rings, bracelets, cuffs and pendants in rose gold, yellow gold and sterling silver, at Brown Thomas Dublin.

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