Solange Azagury-Partridge

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Solange Azagury-Partridge
Born London,England
Residence London,England
Nationality British
Occupation Jewellery designer
Labels Boucheron, eponymous
Website
http://www.solange.co.uk/

Solange Azagury-Partridge is a London based jewellery designer, the former Creative Director of Boucheron, and founder of her own brand.

Biography[edit]

Solange Azagury was born in London in 1961. She now lives in West London with her husband, screenplay writer Murray Partridge.[1] After studying French and Spanish at university, she initially worked at London costume jewellers Butler & Wilson. A year later she went to work for 20th century antique dealer Gordon Watson, where she developed an interest in vintage jewellery.[2]

Career[edit]

The first piece of jewellery she made was her own engagement ring in 1987, a simple gold band with an uncut diamond. She has stated that three years later, she taught herself how to design jewellery.[2][1]In 1995, she opened a velvet-lined shop on Westbourne Grove, cited by The Independent as "the most idiosyncratic jewellery shop in London", and often mistaken for a brothel.[3] In 2001 she was hired by Tom Ford of PPR as Creative Director of Boucheron, the Parisian jewellery firm founded in 1858. She worked there for three years before leaving to concentrate on her own brand. In 2004, pieces she designed for Boucheron were exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and are now part of the permanent collection.[4] Four years later pieces from Solange Azagury-Partridge were acquired for the Victoria and Albert Museum's permanent collection.[5]

In 2008 she partnered with Labelux Group, a division of Joh. A Benckiser, parent to British multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser, with a plan to roll out the brand internationally. The brand went on to open boutiques in New York,[6] London,[7] Beverly Hills, CA,[8][9] Singapore,[7] and Hong Kong.[10] In December 2012 it was announced that the brand was being sold back to its founder.[11]

In 2009, the brand released a short film by director Laurence Dunmore and starring Thandie Newton and Jason Isaacs, titled The Letter.[12][13] She designed a ring for the film Snow White and the Huntsman, worn by the Evil Queen played by Charlize Theron.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b West, Naomi (12 May 2007). "The world of Solange Azagury-Partridge, jeweller". Telegraph, The (London). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Solange Azagury-Partridge". Design Museum, London. 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Independent, May 17, 1997 - Rock chick, by Dylan Jones". London. 17 May 1997. 
  4. ^ "Les Arts Decoratifs Collection Search". 
  5. ^ "Victoria & Albert Museum Collection Search". 
  6. ^ "New York Times, June 30, 2009 - Riches at Rainbow's End, by Cintra Wilson". The New York Times. 2 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Dailey, Katie (10 June 2010). "Solange Azagury-Partridge opens Mayfair flagship". elleuk.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Solange Azagury-Partridge Opens Flagship Boutique on Rodeo Drive". hauteliving.com. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Solange Azagury-Patridge opens new boutique". plushasia.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Donovan, Kate (21 December 2011). "Solange opens first Hong Kong boutique". retail-jeweller.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Vanessa, Friedman. "Labelux and Mulberry race for leathergoods crown". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Brazilian, Alex (12 January 2010). "Fashion News: Solange Azagury-Partridge". elle.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Letter, by Solange Azagury-Partridge" (online video 5mins 10secs). 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Vanessa, Lawrence. "Crazy Heart". W magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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