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MEET | CAROLINA BUCCI
Featured 4.10 - 4.16.17 | Italian-born, London-based jewelry designer Carolina Bucci loves cheesy daytime soaps and is allergic to bees, yet uses one for her logo. Both of these things might seem unlikely until you realize that it's this sensibility — refined with a twist — that also informs her line of jewelry. Bucci is a fourth generation designer, following in the footsteps of the men in her family (her great grandfather started in 1885, and beauty is in her blood. Her pieces are modern reinventions of old school luxe (including a gold and silk version of the friendship bracelet), and she brings a lightness and femininity to a once more masculine field. Her style and vibe are flawless and I think her selects are the perfect representation of a woman who knows how to live.
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Carolina Bucci is an Italian jewelry designer. Born in Florence, Italy, she lives between London, the UK and New York City. Her workshop is based in Florence.
Carolina is the 4th generation of jewelers. In 1885, her great-grandfather, Ferdinando Bucci, opened a workshop in Florence specializing in the sale and repair of gentlemen’s pocket watches. He eventually began to make bespoke gold chains to accessorize his clients’ timepieces, and from there he moved into the production of fine jewelry. His son, Foskor, took over the business in 1920, at which point they had gained great success across Italy, and moved the showroom to Piazza Santo Stefano, next to Florence’s fashionable Ponte Vecchio, the hub of artisans and goldsmiths. After the Second World War, Carolina’s father grew the business internationally, particularly in the US and Japan, whilst continuing to anchor the manufacture of the jewelry in the family’s Florentine workshops. Carolina took it over and is now the creative director of the business, having studied at FIT, and creates modern wearable everyday luxury pieces. When she returned to Florence upon her graduation, she worked alongside local goldsmiths encouraging them to push the boundaries of their traditional practices to create her first collection, “Lucky” (a luxury reinvention of the friendship bracelets she made as a child) and then “Woven” which saw her reinvent centuries-old Florentine textile looms to weave gold and silk threads, becoming two of her trademark collections; the third being her signature “Florentine Finish” as seen on the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold watches. Her brand has become synonymous with Italian craftsmanship and innovative luxury, resulting in a selection of her designs being showcased in the permanent jewelry collection of the Palazzo Pitti Museum in Florence. In 2007 she established her London flagship store, and since then has aligned with retailers such as Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Colette, Luisa Via Roma, and many more.
In 2003 UK Vogue featured a cover photo of Salma Hayek wearing Bucci's necklace, which led to Bucci developing her first non-US retailer — London's multi-brand store Browns. The jewelry is available in Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Colette, Luisa Via Roma and other stores. Bucci opened a flagship store in Belgravia London in 2007, and a second in Porto Montenegro in 2011. In 2013, Carolina Bucci was chosen to be a Brand Ambassador for Tod's No_Code Collaborations. In 2016 Carolina announced her collaboration with Audemars Piguet, reinventing their signature Royal Oak watch with her signature Florentine Finish to celebrate the watch’s 40th anniversary.