James de Givenchy
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James Claude Taffin de Givenchy born (August 27, 1963) is a French-born, New York-based jewelry designer and the owner of the jewelry company Taffin (founded in 1996).
Born and raised in France, Givenchy grew up in Beauvais, a small town in the suburbs of Paris where the Parfums Givenchy has its factory and where his Father, Jean Claude Taffin de Givenchy (1925–2009) and his uncle, Hubert James Marcel Taffin De Givenchy, the famous fashion designer (b. 1927), were born. James is one of 7 children born from the union of Patricia Taffin de Givenchy (born Myrick) and Jean Claude Taffin de Givenchy.
James de Givenchy moved to New York in the early 1980s. After getting a degree in Fine Arts from Manhattanville College and an associate degree in graphic design from F.I.T. in New York City James joined Christie's auction house where he ultimately ran the West Coast Jewelry Department in Los Angeles between 1991 and 1994. He left the auction world to work for the jewelry house of Verdura and then started his own jewelry concern in Manhattan in 1996.
Givenchy has been compared in the press to jewelry designers Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) and Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987) since he is also a European jeweler established in America. In the past, Givenchy has cited Suzanne Belperron, Rene Boivin and Jeanne Toussaint as key influences. Although the vocabulary he uses in his work is influenced by Art Deco and Retro motifs, the result is definitely contemporary. Taffin pieces are usually one of kind and have been featured in multiple fashion magazines. In 2003, Givenchy's jewelry was exhibited at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2003. He also received a Stars of Design Award in 2008 for his work in the field of jewelry design.
Unlike the designs in his colorful and whimsical Taffin collection, the clean, yet sophisticated alloy forms Givenchy has crafted for Sotheby’s Diamonds echo the aesthetic of the Bauhaus movement. He uses steel in some designs for its durability and dark color and the visual impact of juxtaposing this common metal with diamonds and precious gemstones.
- "Grand Designer", Vanity Fair July 2007
- Artful Living Magazine, Spring 2009
- "The Gem Dandy" Departures, November 2005
- "Time drift" Men's Vogue, April 2008