When Fanny Bervard started to produce golden earrings with sweet water pearls by hand two years ago, she would never have thought that it would be the start of a real business. The Luxembourger began to sell a small series of gold-plated hoops decorated with natural pearls in different shapes and sizes under the label “Romantico Romantico.” The pearls were taken from vintage necklaces that she then re-arranged in new ways. Her penchant for asymmetric designs – showing in the slightly differing pieces of each pair – would become her speciality in her growing collection.
“I find pearls romantic – that’s why the name of my brand fits,” says Fanny Bervard. “I myself have never really been a jewellery person, only earrings are something I like to wear. The design of my hoops and clips is at times minimalistic, at times more glamourous.” Family and friends accompanied her on her journey from the beginning, which is why the first items in her collection carry the names of her loved ones – or they hint at special moments with them. The “Loli Hoop” are named after her sister Laurence, “Mimi Earring” is for her mum, “Lisa Hoop” for her best friend, and the “Toscana Oli Hoop” is named for an unforgettable holiday.
A new online shop in early 2020 spurred the business on – as well as her creativity! She spent a lot of time in her studio in Limpertsberg, established by her boyfriend Olivier. In this way, a new collection of earrings was created, now also from stainless steel, filigree bracelets and necklaces from gold-plated silver, with and without pearls. Right on time for Christ- mas, gold rings with colourful stones were added. Generally, she makes all her pieces herself, but, for certain pieces, she is supported with single items from an Italian family business with a long tradition of goldsmith work, that are then combined in Luxembourg.
“I would never have thought that I might be able to live off my business and would need a team to support me with the organisation of pop-up stores, for example,” says the entrepreneur. “With my degree in fashion marketing that I did in Barcelona and Milano, I could lay the groundwork; but the deciding factors were my professional experiences that I was able to gather at companies such as Luxottica in Milano or with the designer William Fan in Berlin.”
Now, a further goal has opened up in the designer’s path: silk pyjamas. “I wanted to make clothes right from the start. And while I was writing my Bachelor’s thesis around 7 years ago, I found it really difficult to find comfortable but also stylish outfits for at home. Back then I already considered designing silk pyjamas that could be worn all day long.” For more than one year, Fanny Bervard worked on this first collection. “It was especially important to me to have good quality material so that the pyjama looks as good the next day as the evening before. Further, the prints should be extra special. All partners collaborating in the process have been carefully selected.” The result is to be found in her store this summer.
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