Jewelry Designer Ippolita: a tFS Exclusive Interview
April 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Kate Hudson, and Minnie Driver are just some of the celebrities who wear Ippolita on the red carpet and in their daily lives. Designed by Ippolita who grew up in Italy with an artist father, the designer went on to earn her Baccalaureate in sculpture at the Istituto D’Arte in Florence, which has greatly influenced her aesthetic. Ippolita’s 18 karat gold collection, based around a sculpted bangle, hoop earring, and ring, was launched at Bergdorf Goodman in 1999 and is still one of the brand’s bestsellers today.
Lucky for me, my favorite pieces from the designer’s collection are her resin ones, part of a lower priced collection she launched recently. However, whether a piece is made from 18 karat gold or resin, everything in the collection is made by hand, accounting for the line’s not always easy-on-the-wallet prices.
We spoke to the designer about memorable career landmarks, her favorite creations, advice for aspiring designers, and more.