5 Questions: Gaia Repossi

In anticipation of the launch of Repossi fine jewelry at BG, we sat down with Gaia Repossi to talk about the heritage of the brand and how the third-generation Creative and Artistic Director of the house has modernized her designs for the woman of today. Shop Repossi now on in the Jewelry Salon on the main floor.
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Photo credit: Glen Luchford 

BG: Repossi was started by your great grandfather in 1920. Followed by your grandfather and later your father and now you. It’s an incredible heritage. How do you feel the collections have evolved from then until now?

GR: It’s indeed a house with a great heritage and knowledge throughout the years. The craft is mostly Italian. We create most of our unique pieces using craftsmen and techniques that no longer exist elsewhere. I think the most skilled was my grandfather who even designed his own furniture for his store. My father’s talent was his imagination and his sense of proportions. He could design very voluminous items that were perfectly in balance. I am more attracted to surprising and radical shapes that awaken a need for a complete new expression reinventing high end jewelry. Creating new classics.

BG: What is your favorite piece of Repossi jewelry (past or present). Tell us why?

GR: My antifer ring with 12 rows paved with diamonds, in black gold. It’s an incredible technical achievement.

BG: Tell us about your thought process when you are designing. How have you managed to modernize the concept of jewelry design?

GR: I work with 2 main principles, ergonomics and surprise. My first desire is to build objects that are in harmony with the body proportions, and the woman of tomorrow. The second asset is being avant-garde, using a surprising placement that elongates, or creates points of light or lines that are unexpected in a perfect balance.

BG: How do you see the BG woman wearing Repossi jewelry this season? Is there one piece from the collection that you feel every woman needs?

GR: Coming from Paris, I see Bergdorf Goodman as the epitome of American elegance. I would say a modern woman in NYC needs the most timeless Serti Sur Vide Module ring, it’s the most incredible piece. As the hand moves the diamond just follows the movement in a very understated way. To me, real elegance is about being discreet.

BG: You have a very defined style with your jewerly and the image of Repossi is very avant-garde for a traditional jewerly house. Where does your inspiration come from mostly?

GR: The inspiration I seek from everywhere! The street, art works, sculptures , architecture, textures, shapes, ideas. I need to be very informed always and alert. To me, today’s Repossi woman is anchored in a reality where non-traditional jewelry appeals to her because it is realistic and at the same time, the jewelry is out of this world!

Cover image by Juergen Teller

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