Wednesday, 13 October 2010

stylist & jewellery designer emma cassi






I'm always interested to hear stories about people who have more than one "job". Because some would say that you should focus on one thing and do it well. But what happens if you have multiple interests or, dare I say it, talents? Emma Cassi is a shining example of someone who manages to juggle many roles with aplomb. She is a jewellery designer and stylist. Her home has been featured in several magazines and her work is stocked by Anthropologie, among others. Eleven years ago she moved from her native France to London to live and work.

Which five words best describe you? Petite, French, creative, shy, organised.
What was your first job/career and what path have you taken since? The first job I loved was as a waitress in an auberge l'Aubrac, a region lost in the middle of France countryside. I started to make small bags and jewellery when I moved to London 11 years ago. My first office job was junior designer at Country Living magazine. I learned about styling, met photographers and this was my first steps into styling.
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? It takes several years before your work or creations get where you want them to be.
What's your proudest career achievement? I always said I wanted to live with what I was making with my hands and I am doing it.
What's been your best decision? Following Bertrand (my husband) from Dijon (France) to London.
Who inspires you? Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Moon, Alice (my best friend who works in a shop in France called Les Appartements de Juju) dressed in Dries van Noten and Isabel Marant.
What are you passionate about? Make sure my children will grow up as passionate people and travel the world with my family.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Today I would love to meet Ramdane but it could change tomorrow... (he is the creative director of the Candle Cire Trudon)
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I really wanted to sell my jewellery in New York and I'm currently working on a collection for Anthropologie. I'd love to sell in Liberty (London) and work with Dries van Noten on a collection.
What are you reading? Only French books at the moment. Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles de Katherine Pancol. I read Murakami because I love Japan.

images courtesy emma cassi, elle decoration uk and sayaka hirakawa

5 comments:

Mandy said...

Great post, really enjoyed this, I adore Emma Cassi !!!

blue sky butterfly studio said...

Wonderful post, having met Emma a couple of times I think you have captured her spirit perfectly. Your blog is very interesting and current, I have really enjoyed my time here!

ania said...

nice interview... i just found emma in our pllish fashion magazine and her works are really pretty. another nice thing she likes van noten & murakami same as me.

JWK said...

What great advice! Thanks for introducing me to Emma's work. Always a pleasure reading your interviews!

lorraine pennington said...

what a great interview on emma cassi, and i would like to thank her for saying that it is great went you do more than one career , as a painter and jewelry designer i can really relate to that statment.

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