Every now and then a person comes along that totally captures my attention. I've read a few pieces lately about the new Design Director over at Tiffany's, Francesca Amfitheatrof, and I have to say I'm intrigued.
It might be the fact that she grew up in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, Manhattan, and London. The result of a father who was a Time magazine bureau chief who toured the world for work and an Italian mother who did the same as a public relations executive at Valentino and Armani.
It might be the fact that she has designed a new collection for Tiffany, "The T Collection" that is both witty and beautifully simple. I can imagine wearing one of those gold bangles everyday. Or how about the "Smile" necklace below made of an elongated "T" shape.
It might just be that she still does all her own sketches by hand a process that roots her designs in the human touch which I think comes across in the work. Finally there are the hints of her sophisticated taste in the clothes she wears and the snippets of her rented home in Brooklyn, a place she chose because it reminded her of East London and her desire to be around creative people.
Whatever it is I want to know more and would definitely love to see her home. There's a great article over at T Magazine if you want to read more.