I was recently interviewed for Harper’s Bazaar Brazil. Below is a translation of the article that appeared in the March 2014 edition.
CARIOCA SOUL- The Soul of Rio de Janeiro
Alexa de Castilho, English jeweller who grew up in Brazil, has success in London with jewellery inspired by Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s.
‘Hot and elegant’ is how Alexa de Castilho describes her recent collection of jewellery. Daughter of a Portuguese father and English mother, this jeweller born in Brazil, displays an enviable mix of bohemian and class in her creations. This was how the designer found her inspiration for her first collection of Rio Discotheque. ‘My parents knew each other from The King’s Road in the 60s. We moved to Brazil where we lived during the 70s’ she says.
And it is this decade which inspires her first pieces, long chains and bracelets which mix gold and silver. Between Rio de Janeiro, where she lived, and the weekends in Buzios, the jeweller, who today lives in Brighton on the British south coast, …built an imaginary world – the curves of Oscar Niemeyer – the sound of Maria Bethania – the blessings of iemanja – these are her inspiration for the collection.
The pieces depict details showing both the wildness of nature and ‘tropicalism’: teeth of gold are made into pendants and medallions have pineapples, coconuts, and wild cats engraved. Sensitivity is the word in her creations. From Chico Buarque to flowers thrown in the sea at New Year, her memory is truly Brazilian. These memories from childhood have left a mark which she takes advantage of. and its in this the place of her childhood where this designer desires to expand her brand. ‘Brazil has never left my soul’ says the jeweller, who misses the heat when she is working just a few kilometres from England’s capital. For the moment the pieces are not yet for sale here (in Brazil), but it is possible to order them direct from the official website …..