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Gaia Repossi

Designer, Repossi

The Italian designer’s art-infused sculptural designs have brought modernity — and investment from LVMH — to the family business.

Biography

In 2007, Gaia Repossi assumed the role of creative and artistic director of her family business, renowned Italian jewellery house Repossi, at the age of 21. Today, Repossi sports a refreshed and contemporary aesthetic, popular on the red carpet, and sold a minority stake to LVMH in 2015.

Born in 1986 in Turin, Italy, Repossi was raised between Monaco, Italy and France. At École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, she studied painting and obtained an MA in Archaeology. In 2007, at 21, she took on the weighty task of helming her great-grandfather’s jewellery business, which opened its doors in 1920.

As creative and artistic director, Repossi has modernised the jewellery house’s aesthetic, favouring sculptural designs and small pavé diamonds over large stones. She has also engaged in high-visibility collaborations with designers such as Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang .

Repossi has cited  Karl Lagerfeld as a close mentor and has had a close working relationship with LVMH’s Delphine Arnault for years. In November 2015, the luxury conglomerate took a “substantial” minority stake in the business. High-end jewellery has proven to be a bright spot in a softening luxury market, and LVMH has expanded its jewellery portfolio in recent years.

In 2016, Repossi reopened its historic Place Vendôme flagship in Paris, following the installation of an impressive aluminium and foam staircase, designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA. 

Vital Statistics

Born
Nationality

Italy

Location
Italy
Member since
2016

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