x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Favourite Things: Giulia Cazzola

In the fifth instalment of this six-part summer series, we speak to the jewellery marketing manager of Fope, Giulia Cazzola, about what she's loving, reading, doing, consuming and looking at.

Giulia Cazzola. Courtesy Fope
Giulia Cazzola. Courtesy Fope

Giulia Cazzola is a fourth-generation employee of Fope, a Vicenza, Italy-based, family-run jewellery company founded in 1929 and known for its gold creations. After finishing her studies in New York, Cazzola decided to gain invaluable experience working for other jewellery brands before joining her family's - a move she says allowed her to develop a larger view of the business, rather than simply adapting to the company she was born into. She established the Fope New York headquarters and lived in the city for 15 years before moving to its Italian head office, where she has been based for the past three years. Today, the Fope brand is present in retail shops around the world, including here in the Middle East.

My favourite scent is Bois D'Argent by Christian Dior.

My favourite book is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

My favourite film is Breakfast at Tiffany's.

My favourite food is sushi.

My favourite designers are Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

My favourite clothes are denim and belts. I wear J Brand Jeans - my absolute style staple!

My favourite place is New York.

Being stylish means finding your own personal style; one that fits best with your personality. It's not about following trends.

I can't live without the face cream my local pharmacist makes for me.

My real-life hero is a friend who has been suffering from a very bad disease for years, but she never stops fighting. She keeps on believing and is smiling all the time.

The last thing I bought and loved was a Raoul dress that I wore to a friend's wedding.

An unforgettable place I've travelled to in the past year is Hamburg. I found it to be a very vibrant and modern city.

If I didn't live where I do now, I would live in New York City, where I feel most creative and happy.

A huge ambition of mine is to make Fope a world-renowned jewellery brand.

My guiltiest pleasures are salt and pepper flavoured crisps!

The five words I would use to describe myself are strong-willed, bossy, loyal, honest and organised.

My favourite way to relax is to go to the gym. Since I have very little chance to go to the gym lately, when I do find time to go, I spend a few hours there - that is my best way to relax.

My favourite era of fashion is now.

My greatest achievements so far are my children and my family.

The traits I value most in my friends are loyalty and honesty. I like easy-going people, too.

The best piece of advice I have ever been given is to try to stay positive all the time.

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