MEET MARIA FRANCESCA PEPEAugust 25, 2012
You’ve seen her jewellery, you fallen for its hard, shiny surfaces and you’ve cooed over its tough overtones. Now meet Maria Francesca Pepe, the woman behind the label loved by everyone from Rihanna to little old us.
How did you first get into jewellery design?
The creative process for designing beautiful objects doesn’t differ whether you are designing clothes, accessories or anything else – when I worked on my Central Saint Martins MA Show, back in 2007, there was a lot of focus on the jewellery I created. This drove my interest into the world of the accessories.
What kinds of jewellery did you wear when you were younger?
I have always had an obsession with crosses, studs and chains. I grew up in the 80’s and felt rebellious, so bold statement pieces; lots of rings, toe rings, ear cuffs, piercings, ankle bracelets… the more the better!
What’s the most difficult thing about your job?
It might sound dull but choosing the right team to work with , defining priorities, respecting budgets and meeting deadlines.
And the best thing?
There are loads! The best must be seeing how my ideas become real pieces worn by people.
Do you have a favourite material to work with?
Brass because it’s just so versatile and can look very sleek and luxurious allowing you to keep the price affordable.
Describe your style in three words.
cool, contemporary, unpredictable
What song can you not help but dance to?
Rude Boy by Rihanna
Any embarrassing stories you’re willing to share?
I used to have dreadlocks and after bleaching them three times they started falling out at the most awkward times!
Who would you invite to a dinner party, out of anyone living or not?
Michael Jackson so he could give me a private performance of Dirty Diana
What advice would you give to aspiring jewellery designers?
Always be honest about what you like and what you don’t and stick to it in spite of trends.
Tell us a joke.
Sorry, I only know rude Italian ones