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Gaia Repossi portrait by Juergen Teller

Gaia Repossi was born in 1986 in Turin, Italy. Surrounded very early by her father’s experience and passion for creating artistic jewelry pieces, she develops an unconditional love for drawing and later painting.

She studied painting at the Beaux Arts of Paris, and obtained a master’s degree in archeology. During her studies, Gaia gradually entered the world of Repossi. In 2007 at the age of 21 years, Gaia was appointed Creative and Artistic Director of the House.

Her references come from her passion for contemporary art and the effects of metal within modern sculpture and architecture. She takes inspiration from the works of Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, Franz West, Richard Serra and Le Corbusier, as well as the Brutalist, Minimalist and Bauhaus movements. Blending and pushing the boundaries between architecture and traditional high jewelry techniques, Gaia’s designs are characterized by modern, minimalist motifs and the innovative use of complex patterns.

In 2010, Gaia collaborated with her friend Alexander Wang for his New York Fall / Winter runway show. The same year she launched the Berbère Collection that would become a groundbreaking hit for the House of Repossi, establishing it as an influential presence within the fashion industry and the high jewelry world. Gaia continues to set trends with additional collection debuts since.

She also collaborated with well-known photographers such as David Sims or the artist Vivian Sassen to develop the image of the collections.

“Francesco Vezzoli: Making contemporary jewellery is a very difficult challenge. In the history of aesthetics, the culture of the dress has never been taboo over the years, but after a certain historical moment the culture of the jewel has taken on a significance that was not considered “politically correct”. You, along with very few other people in the world, decided to pick up this challenge and brought back dignity to the object jewel: you made it again modern, wearable, politically acceptable. Was it a tough challenge? Gaia Repossi: Yes, also because at first I had no interest in it [jewellery]. Originally I felt a kind of rejection, because it did not have an intelligent or intellectual enough foundation for a woman, a woman who wants to express herself or something else. I wanted to be a femme savante. Today a woman is integrated at the same level as a man's life, with the same expectations. Who is that woman and what does she need to feel smart or relevant and accepted, and moreover what she wants to reflect. In my background, my advantage has been to have a father who has never followed the expected rules and, if it was the direction in which I believed in, he completely trusted me. The woman of today responded extremely positively, identified herself to this new chapter I started, perhaps more then the market itself that does not entirely understand. [By changing direction] I have not invented anything. Modern jewellery, such as Art Deco existed already in the forties, my grandfather was a man of character who only wanted to do modern jewellery. And followed his own time. Instead, my father is more a of a classic, with a very personal concept of luxury. In a first interview I did with Rem [Koolhaas], without really having had an exchange on the subject, said "Gaia had no choice but to change it."” — Document, Issue 9

Alberto Repossi

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Alberto Repossi portrait by Jeanloup Sieff

President of Repossi, Alberto Repossi is the grandson of the founder of the House, after being trained in his fathers ateliers as a silversmith craftsman, he joined his father to work aside with him in the early 70’s and soon transformed the House into a well known reference of high hand and one of a kind jewellery exclusive Paris place Vendôme House.

His mastery in precious stones and being a skilled drawer with great sense of volume and composition, he created iconic pieces with strong identity. That marked an important step for the house of Repossi. He first opened (after his father opened the Torino first Repossi store in 1950), the second Repossi store in Monte Carlo in 1978, before opening the Place Vendôme store in 1986.

Fascinated by exceptional stones, and a fascination for ancient civilizations and Indian traditional jewelry, Alberto Repossi marked his collections with rather loud and outstanding designs, with a research for ergonomic balance with the feminine figure.

History

The House of Repossi was founded in 1920 in Turin, Italy and continues the creative family legacy of talented artists and designers extended from father to son, and later from father to daughter.

Costantino Repossi took the helm of his father’s Italian atelier and founded the brand post war after finishing his studies in industrial design. During the fervent progression of Italy into a new modernist era, Costantino opened his first eponymous store in Turin. His Art Deco and Avant-Garde collections were the earliest creations of the house and represented a harmonious combination of his artistic and technical backgrounds. After learning the high craftsmanship techniques synonymous with the house, his son Alberto started designing his own pieces at a very young age. Alberto propelled the House of Repossi into an international brand with global in influence when he opened his first Monte Carlo flagship store in 1979, followed by the Paris store in 1986 – the year his daughter Gaia was born.

Gaia Repossi chose an artistic path first, far from the conventional jewellery tradition. At 21, she was appointed Creative Director of the brand, creating a radical new direction in the collections. Her work emphasizes a distinctive architectural viewpoint in the jewellery pieces, challenging the historical ateliers with groundbreaking new designs, and giving impulse to a new generation in search of change and tradition at the same time.

The DNA of the Brand is articulated through elegant designs of wide sculptural shapes, combined with subtle austerity within statement collections, all strongly influenced by modern and contemporary sculpture and architecture.

Available worldwide, the House of Repossi offers bestselling jewellery pieces from collections such as core Berbère, graphic White Noise, and a more affordable Antifer. Specialties also include engagement and wedding rings, as well as rare one-of-a-kind diamond solitaires in addition to limited edition pieces and exclusive collaborations.

In 2015 Repossi partners with LVMH.

  • 2016
    Opening of the Repossi Place Vendome flagship store by OMA/Rem Koolhaas
  • 2016
    Repossi presents Staple collection at Gagosian Gallery in Le Bourget
  • 2016
    Repossi presents the new advertising campaign Spring Summer 2016 featuring Julia Nobis. Shot by David Sims/ Style Joe McKenna/ Art Direction Peter Miles
  • 2015
    Repossi partners with LVMH
  • 2015
    Repossi presents La Ligne C, its new Collection exclusively designed for the concept store Colette, with a new surprise color unveiled during the launch on March 5th, a blue green white gold rhodium shade, exclusively elaborated for Colette
  • 2014
    Repossi presents for the very first time its Collections in Moscow on October 20th, with a cocktail at Tsum, followed by a private dinner at the Baccarat Room, hosted by Gaia Repossi and Natalia Vodianova to support her Naked Heart Foundation
  • 2014
    Repossi presents the new advertising campaign fall-winter 2014/2015 shot by David Sims/ Style Joe McKenna/ Art Direction M/M
  • 2014
    Repossi presents the High Jewellery Limited Edition of Serti Sur Vide Collection at the Hotel d'Evreux July 9th
  • 2014
    Repossi presents the White Noise Collection at Dover Street Market in London June 5th
  • 2014
    Repossi presents the White Noise Collection at the Jeu de Paume in Paris March 3rd
  • 2013
    Repossi presents the collaboration Antifer Collection for Dover Street Market, created exclusively for the opening of DSMNY store in NYC, with exclusive lilac rhodium pieces, December 20th
  • 2013
    Repossi launches its new advertising campaign shot by David Sims / Style Joe Mckenna/ Art direction Ezra Petronio
  • 2013
    Repossi Creative Director, Gaia Repossi, wins as « best jewellery designer of the year » at the ELLE UK Style Awards 2013
  • 2012
    Repossi presents the collaboration Gaia Repossi x Colette with the Berbere collection specially sets with turquoises September 24th
  • 2012
    Repossi presents the Forçat Collection at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in presence of Vanessa Traina July 7th
  • 2011
    Repossi launches the iconic Berbere Collection and its earcuff
  • 2010
    Repossi collaboration Gaia Repossi for Joseph Altuzarra collection
  • 2010
    Alexander Wang fall-winter 2011 show in NYC with Gaia Repossi X Alexander Wang collaboration
  • 2010
    Repossi collaboration with Gaia Repossi X Alexander Wang burnt gold collection
  • 2007
    Gaia Repossi becomes Creative Director and Designer of the Repossi collections
  • 1994
    Repossi becomes the official purveyor of H.R.H the Prince Rainier III of Monaco
  • 1986
    Opening of the Paris historical flagship store at 6 place Vendôme
  • 1977
    Opening of the Monte Carlo first flagship store
  • 1974
    Alberto Repossi becomes the Creative Director of the House of Repossi. Iconic 80's items
  • 1950
    Opening of the first historical flagship store in Torino, Italy
  • 1920
    Founding of the House of Repossi in Torino Italy / first ateliers
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