Anissa Kermiche is making a mark in the fine jewellery sphere with her eponymous line of designs – from modern-day pearls, suited as much for dive bars as debutante balls, to beautifully-sculpted earring shapes.
It took one notable design – the Paniers Dorés earrings, inspired by a dinner table strewn with leftover fortune cookies – to catch the attention of the intellectual style set. What has taken hold is somewhat akin to a cult following led by Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, renowned style writer Pandora Sykes and early supporter Camille Charrière. Adorning the ears of a growing number of daring, provocative and accomplished women, and featuring in fashion bibles Vogue, InStyle, Sunday Times Style and Telegraph Luxury, the Parisian-born designer’s star is in the ascent.
An austere and academic upbringing led Anissa to take up studies in engineering and computer science, but after three years, Anissa was struck with an ennui that led her ever-present rebellious temperament to adopt a different approach; she threw herself hands-first into jewellery studies at Central Saint Martins and in London’s revered jewellery district, Hatton Garden. This bold move culminated in an impressive launch in 2016, in what has been a tourbillon of a year. Anissa’s abiding ambition is to create jewellery that reflects the generation of successful, powerful and funny women that she sees all around her. It’s this ambition and academic drive that has led to designs which have caught the eye of buyers at leading retailers across the globe.
Anissa’s broad yet considered range of pieces laud the bold and empowered woman, yet retain an innate sense of femininity thanks to her use of raw lines, curves and circles. Representing the duality of her personality, there’s poetry in the geometry, sensuality in the construction, and elegance in her confrontational approach to empowerment. From her London-based studio, Anissa has sourced the finest stones and used both her technical and creative skills to consistently challenge convention.
Constantly searching for unique touchpoints for her imagination, Anissa turns shapes from daily life into what she defines as wearable art —lamps become earrings, paintings translate into textures and sculpture informs the lines of neckpieces. Building on her obsession with fine art, her collections often reference artists including Francois Morellet, Alexander Calder and Constantin Brancusi. An outspoken and contemporary collection to wear with confidence.