James Taffin de Givenchy shares his inspirational world
Just before Christmas, the French jeweler James Taffin de Givenchy launched his first book: a luxurious volume showcasing more than three hundred pieces designed by the imaginative designer. “Jewelry is an emotional object that projects who you are. It takes artistry, intellect, and logic to make it,” said the nephew of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. Since launching his own jewelry business in 1996, Taffin has garnered a glowing reputation as a connoisseur of exotic gems and a designer who fuses Old World European glamour with pared-down modernity.
His incredible creations are at once eclectic and whimsical, and embrace a symphony of colors, gems, and shapes. Taffin: the Jewellery of James de Givenchy, edited by Rizzoli, is an opulent volume which gets us into the Taffin’s world as the designer shares his inspirational references, intimate photographs of his studio, and hundreds of exquisite photographs of his lavish one-of-a-kind pieces that, like him, are, at once, sophisticated but lighthearted, extraordinary yet unpretentious.