Look out for the greats of fashion. The big couture houses create their designer jewellery with the same passion and attention to detail as they do their clothes. Read about the famous names like Louis Vuitton, Dior and Ralph Lauren who take their passion for fashion and distil it into their watch and jewellery collections.
Founded by the legendary Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in 1909, the Parisian fashion house is a landmark designer of Haute Couture, with countless iconic products produced over its first century and since. Its style has become something of a cultural heritage; be it the camellia brooch or the quilted handbag, Chanel's fingerprint is unique in every design. Its mission statement has always remained the same: "Fashion passes, style remains", and it more than explains why Coco herself and those that have come after have constantly re-invented high jewellery, luxury watches, fragrances and more, by dispensing an uncomplicated worldwide luxury.
Founded in Paris in 1946 by Christian Dior, the House of Dior is a true purveyor of luxury, including fashion, high jewellery, fragrances, luxury watches and more. With Victoire de Castellaine at the helm of Dior jewellery and watches, we are drawn into a world of technicolour. Explosive coloured gemstones are her trademark, perfectly encapsulated in the recent Dear Dior and Cher Dior high jewellery collections. Jewellery has been an integral part of the House of Dior's aesthetic ever since Christian Dior added jewels to his 1947 couture collection. Still influencing today's unique jewellery designs, the Diorama Precieuse capsule collection took its inspiration from Monsieur Dior's 1951 haute couture Diorama dress. In addition, Dior's annual high jewellery collections include Archi Dior, which was inspired by the architectural approach employed by Christian Dior when designing vintage couture dresses - seeming almost as though the jewels have been sculpted, pleated or draped. Dior has also made a huge impact in the world of horology, with haute couture references continuing in some of the most memorable Dior watches, including the Dior VIII Grand Bal Fil de Soie models, on which the rotor is stitched with the same silk thread used in its gowns. Still producing bright, vibrant and immaculate designer jewellery and luxury watches, the House of Dior is as admired now as it always has been.
Famed as one of the greatest of the high fashion houses, Hermès was first established in 1837 by Thierry Hermès as maker of the finest quality saddles and harnesses in Paris. It has since grown to become a source of both luxury and ready-to-wear goods, all maintaining the same individual, sumptuously handcrafted, expertise. One of the delights of the company is Hermès' approach to each and every design - its watch and fine jewellery pieces markedly infused with a playful and very philosophically French twist, where practicality, form, and a healthy dose of indulgence remain in perfect synchronicity.