Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - Emma Chapman talks to Retail Jeweller

 

The Brand, Emma Chapman jewels has just been exhibiting their new collection for A-W 2016 at Premiere Classe as part of Paris Fashion Week

The designer Emma Chapman, who recently starred in the feel good BBC 2 documentary "The Real Hotel Marigold",  set in Jaipur, India, where she lives and works for several months a year, was asked by Retail Jeweller Magazine to talk about working there as a jewellery designer.

EXCLUSIVE Industry Q&A: Emma Chapman Jewels founder on working in India | Opinion | Retail Jeweller

3 March 2016 By Melissa Massey

As trade show season begins and jewellery designers find themselves overseas, RJ deputy editor Melissa Massey talks to founder and designer of eponymous jewellery brand Emma Chapman Jewels on what it’s like to live and work between two countries ­ England and India ­ all year round.

Emma Chapman

Founder and designer of eponymous jewellery brand Emma Chapman Jewels

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Q: What influenced you to conduct part of your business in India?

A: Because of the very specialist skills I use in my work. I use ancient couture techniques such as engraving, stone carving, enameling, jaali and embossed work. I also get many stones cut especially for my designs. I have a team of wonderful goldsmiths and stone cutters in Jaipur. Many of these techniques can only be done here and I have developed very strong working relationships with my goldsmiths. Jaipur is also a gemstone cutting center.Q: Why is Jaipur important to your jewellery designs?

A: I am constantly inspired by the colour, light, motifs, and patterns I see everywhere around me. I also have access to pretty much any kind of gemstone here as it is has been a gem trading center for centuries.

Q: Why do you spend time between Jaipur and London?

A: Jaipur is where I design and manufacture but London is the base from which I sell my work. So I move between the two places.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing to happen to you in the last 6 months?

A: Filming with the BBC for the series the Real Hotel Exotic Marigold in and around Jaipur with a host of celebrities. It was a lot of fun. Being hosted by the EU Ambassadors wife in Delhi to do a show for all of the Ambassadors wives and being commissioned by the EU Ambassador in Delhi to make some cufflinks for his 50th birthday.

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Q: What are your plans for 2016?

A: Plans for 2016 include the trade shows Inhorgentha ­ I will be in the British Pavilion and Paris Fashion Week and increasing the wholesale business. I am also hoping to sell to more high end resort wear outlets as my designs have a very luxe­bohemian sensibility and are suited to that market as well as fashion boutiques.Also alongside my more commercial collection, I am designing more and more one of a kind pieces of jewellery for private clients. I am also focusing a lot on building up sales on my website and developing and selling on other high end websites such as Wolf & Badger, Haute Elan and Pommier.

Q: Where are you stocked in the UK?

A: Melissa Odabash in Chelsea and Notting Hill, Gallery 196 Primrose Hill, March, Fenwick, The Cross Shop, Wolf & Badger, Haute Elan.

Q: How important do you think it is to have an international outlook at a jewellery designer?

A: Very important. I do pop up shows all over the world, including in India, Italy, Sri Lanka, Ibiza, USA and the UK. in Jaipur I host jewellery salons in my apartment for visitors from all over the world. My clients are from many different countries. I have also made inroads into the USA wholesale market and hope to continue to do so. I have exhibited at Accessories Circuit in NYC.

Q: Which trade shows will you be exhibiting at this year?

A: Inhorgentha in Munich and Paris Fashion Week. I will be at Premiere Classe ­ Stand ­ Stele 6 (which is the main entrance).

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All of Emma Chapman's jewellery can be seen on the website

www.emmachapmanjewels.com

 

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