The jewellery designer behind Turquoise Mountain has thanked Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for boosting the brand’s sales.
Pippa Small works with artisans in Afghanistan and helps create and sell items available in the region as a means of bringing about economic growth, as part of a foundation, which was co-founded by Prince Charles.
His new daughter-in-law wore Small’s designs last month (Dec19) during an appearance at the London Fashion Awards, where she presented her wedding dress creator Clare Waight Keller with the British Designer of the Year prize, and her endorsement has led to a sales surge.
The Wajiha bangle, Omeen bangle, and Oshna bangle are currently sold out, with many royal fans signing up to a waiting list for upcoming items. The demand has led to an increase in work for the local designers in Kabul.
“The artisans in Afghanistan are celebrating the increase in work for the workshop,” Small tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The school offers a haven for young men and women in Kabul, in a beautiful traditional environment where they can escape the violent and uncertain world outside the walls, they can work together and create… The very focus and concentration needed to produce a piece of jewellery offers a reprieve like a meditation from the pain of the outside world.”
The designs, which have a bohemian artisan feel and are handmade in 18 and 22-karat gold, have even become a must-have among stars in Los Angeles, where Small runs the Pippa Small Brentwood Country Mart boutique – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Angelina Jolie are all fans.
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