Gaia Repossi, a third-generation jeweller, helms the legendary Repossi house with a meticulous and visionary eye
Repossi, a jewellery house run by the Repossi family through three generations, perpetuates the inherited family tradition of jewellery. Gaia Repossi, Creative Director since 2007, has regenerated the vision of the house by reinventing the traditional codes of jewellery.
She combines primitive jewellery with art and architecture to create bold pieces intended to be worn as a second skin. A new incarnation of timeless jewellery emblematically anchors Repossi as the most avant-garde jewellery house of the Place Vendôme.
Gaia Repossi: "I play a lot with the collective unconscious, which is why I like antique and tribal jewellery. It is just a way to express a narrative and a dialogue."
Repossi was founded in 1957, so you come from a long history of creative jewellery talent, but initially, you studied fine arts. What convinced you to go into the family business after all?
I didn’t really want to do this profession, but I was living in Paris at the time, and my father had his communications and part of the design offices here in Paris. I slowly started advising him, and later on I tried a few projects and designs, and it worked. I think it was my father’s approach and his way of giving me freedom and total trust; I felt like I could express myself enough. The respect and the interest he had in giving me all the space I needed was a beautiful way to slowly convince me to finish what I started.
I read that you put yourself in the position of a “stranger”, which allowed you to question the foundations of the old world, can you elaborate on this position?
What happens when you don’t necessarily want to do a certain profession or you are sort of an outsider because you are younger and you have a different point of view, you slowly develop a sort of distance that allows you to rethink things. One of the reasons why I wasn’t interested in pursuing this career was basically because of what I wanted to change. I was questioning why contemporary jewellery didn't fit nowadays silhouette. Why it was only fashion that reinvents itself and makes desirable things, and why jewellery really did not relate to me. I wanted an identity that women could identify with. I wanted an image that fit the time we are in now.