An Exclusive Q&A with Évocateur's Barbara Innamorati (Part 1)

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We had an exclusive Q&A exchange with the designer and owner, Barbara Innamorati, where we talked about the origin of Évocateur’s gold leaf designs and explored Barbara’s brilliant mind, from her inspirations to guilty pleasures.

 

 

Q: What was the first piece you ever designed?

A: It was a cuff with images of flowers and butterflies. I wore it all the time and people kept asking me where I bought it.

 

Q: Number of years in the biz?

A: 10 years

 

Q: Number of employees you oversee?

A: 9

Barbara And Her Team

Barbara (middle) with her team in Évocateur studio in Conneticut.

 

Q: What about family and pets?

A: I am married and we have two grown children - a daughter in Denver and a son in LA. Had a wonderful Black Lab, named Kylie for over 14 years. Still miss

her greatly.

 

Q: What jewelry are you wearing right now?

A: My leopard skinny cuff, my Berlin Cuff, Windows teardrop earrings, small diamond necklace, my engagement ring and wedding band.

Leopard Set

Leopard design is among Barbara's plethora of inspirations from Mother Nature.

 

Q: Describe your personal style:

A: Classic with a bit of an edge.

 

Q: What’s your scent?

A: Coco Chanel.

 

Q: What was your first job?

A: Tour guide in Yellowstone National Park (summer job.)

 

Q: How did you get started designing jewelry?

A: I was enraptured with 22K gold leaf as well as jewelry and didn’t understand why this amazing material wasn’t used in jewelry. I decided to experiment and after 18 months of trial and error, I had a beautiful and unique product.

    

Q: Name five items on your desk right now:

A: Computer, framed photos of my family, new jewelry samples, new finding samples, coffee.

      

Q: Name five songs on your playlist:

A: Black Bird by The Beatles;

Australia by The Shins;

I and Love and You by The Avett Bros.;

Life is Beautiful by Keb’ Mo’;

All of Chopin’s nocturnes.

 

Q: What’s the worst piece of advice you ever received?

A: You should manufacture in Asia. To this day every Evocateur piece is made by hand in our studio in Connecticut, by talented local artisans.

 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

A: Success is not linear.

 

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You can find Barbara's latest Évocateur designs here. Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

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