In late September, I met the brilliant Italian jewellery designer Stefano Tartini at the ZipZone Paris showroom during Paris Fashion Week. Since then, Tartini has had an editorial feature in the French Stylist magazine, which looks absolutely incredible!!
Three months later, I finally have the chance to catch up with him and do a little Q&A about his brand, its philosophy and a whole bunch of other topics surrounding his stunning new creations!!
- As a brand, what does Stefano Tartini stand for? I would say: communicating immutable life values. The respect we owe to nature, its beauty in its many facets and imperfections that also characterise our unique identity. A sober elegance and sensitivity to the fragility and strength we all share.
- What is the inspiration behind your current collection? The first collection was inspired by artefacts of the Dark Ages in Europe. But also the periods that followed. The faith and determination of the chevaliers. The middle ages (the line Crucis). The Renaissance. An idea of continuity within our history and the evolution that should carry the core unchanging values of our nature. The collection Kaos, while maintaining a similar finish to the other collections, was born from a different inspiration. An organised chaos similar to crowded cities, similar to life itself, an inexplicable turmoil of energies that merge at times and collide at others. “The City of the Immortals” by Louis Borges. The same taste, as expressed in the other lines, for ancient times and others yet to come, where the past and the future merge.
- What was the creative and designing process like? The design process differs each time but essentially it begins with inspired visions I try to translate into drawings. Each idea is then perfected through the multiple passages of detailed drawings before being shown to the goldsmiths. Often details need to be modified depending on the limits and possibilities of the manufacture process. It is a long and borderline frustrating passage as it sometimes takes a long time to come to the final product. But it is a very exciting process as well. It is magical to see a drawing come to life.
- What are your plans for Stefano Tartini moving forward to the next season? I am currently working on new ideas to carry the existing lines through with the addition of new forms and materials while preserving a thread that characterises my existing creations. A more precious line may soon see the day. This may be a line travelling parallel to the existing lines which are characterised by a mixture of poor and refined materials.
- What can we expect from your next collection? A gradual refinement of the lines, the use of gold, and the introduction of a new line entirely hand modelled.
- As a male fashion enthusiast, I feel obliged to ask, do you ever see Stefano Tartini expanding into mens jewellery? The CONTINUUM line (the first collection) is mostly masculine although many women tend to like its blend of virility and sensitivity. I intend to continue this trend of making jewels that can be worn, in some cases, by both sexes. The difference between the two is often symbolised by certain choices of colours and finish.
Tartini’s sophisticated blend of gems and materials elegantly bring together the past and the presence. At the ZipZone Paris presentation, I got to see so many fabulous pieces up close, including a few that are not yet available on the official website. Take a look at some of them here:
My personal favourite though, has got to be this striking statement necklace. I find there is such (luxurious) drama in the way the contrasting vivid stones are laid against the natural metallic shades.