In a new series of interviews, I will be asking inspirational women and mothers for their story and what advice they have to give to their younger self.
Raphaele Canot knows her jewellery. After spending twenty years working for Cartier and DeBeers as Creative Director, Raphele has launched her own Jewellery Collection last May exclusively at Dover Street Market and is launching a new line, OMG, in time for Christmas. Her pieces are romantic, playful and flirtatious, easy to wear day and night, and perfect for your Christmas wish list. There is something for everyone, with a price range starting at £500 and averaging around £1,000. Alongside her collections, Raphaele does bespoke diamond pieces, so if you’re looking for a creative, bespoke piece, look no further and let your husband meet with her for something sophisticated, timeless, yet young and fun. http://www.raphaelecanot.com. On top of running a jewellery business, she has three children and lives in Notting Hill.
OMG ring from her latest collection, all pictures in this post taken from http://www.raphaelecanot.com
1. What’s your story? How did you become a jeweller?
I graduated in Intellectual Property law in Paris, didn’t like it but managed to get an internship at Cartier… And stayed for 11 years! My creative flair caught up with me and made wonders for my career combined with my lawyer/ business background. I was lucky enough to grow in the jewellery business at one of the most inspiring global brands, before moving to London for De Beers 10 years ago. I made my way from business backoffice to creative directing to mumpreneur, launching my first solo collection at Dover Street Market last May.
Bracelet from her Skinny Deco line.
2. What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
Diamonds! Diamonds are iconic yet playful, timeless yet fashionable. They are the epitome of style. Small diamond jewellery for everyday life, icons revisited with an edge. That’s my motto!
Bespoke piece from her website http://www.raphaelecanot.com
3. Describe your style
My style is parisian with a hint of Notting Hill relaxed attitude. I believe in basics spiced up with an iconic piece. Think a red Couture coat or a Courreges trench coat thrown over you favourite slims, a neat designer handbag and heels. I used to run errands in heels in Paris which I would not do in Notting Hill. That’s the big change in my wardrobe in the past years: trainers and low boots for school runs!
4. What is your most prized possession?
Artwork… Most of it in storage unfortunately! That’s what can happen when moving countries!
5. What are your favourite places in Notting Hill?
The Grocer on Elgin for morning coffee and last minute lunch or dinner panic on a hectic day. Lutyens Rubinstein for grown ups and kids books!
6. Where would you be living if you weren’t living in Notting Hill?
In Paris in the 6th arrondissement overlooking the Luxembourg gardens…a nice alternative to our lovely communal Garden.
Gold and diamond earrings from her Set Free Collection.
7. What is your favourite holiday destination?
Chamonix for adrenaline, Big Sur California for the myth and wilderness.
8. What was the proudest moment in your life?
Launching my business after 20 years of corporate life. Reinventing my daily life with all the compromise that comes with it…it felt really good!
Gold and diamond bracelet from the Skinny Deco collection.
9. What advice would you give to your younger self or to young people?
Follow your instincts and work hard on them. Passion brings love and success!
10. What book are you currently reading?
The Power of Now. Brilliant!