The jewelry designer sets out to discover her new home of L.A.
The San Andreas Fault, a tectonic crack in the Earth so large you can see it from space, is not the first place you might expect to run into Gaia Repossi. “I’m following an artist,” explains Repossi, who is the creative director of her family’s eponymous French jewelry house. That artist is her longtime beau, Jeremy Everett, who often creates pieces en plein air and takes snapshots of his muse—Gaia, after all, is the Greek word for Earth.
The pair met six years ago in New York when Repossi accompanied a friend to Everett’s studio. In a romantic gesture, Everett gifted her one of his paintings, which now hangs in their Paris apartment. Last year they bought a house in L.A., where they split their time; Everett felt destined to return, having worked here as a landscape architect before pursuing a career as an artist.
“California reminds me of my childhood in the south of France—the light, the speed, the landscape—but at the same time it was very frightening. When you don’t know it, it’s hard to understand,” Repossi says. As part of her introduction, the pair embarks on frequent research trips to L.A.’s architectural heroes: Case Study houses, the Eames House, the Getty, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Frank Gehry’s first studio in Venice.
This year marks Repossi’s 10th as creative director. Within this time, she’s brought the Repossi brand to the forefront of the fashion world, with sculptural and architectural pieces that focus on shape rather than carat count. Last year the company sold a minority stake to LVMH and reopened the Place Vendôme boutique in Paris with the help of another one of Repossi’s architect crushes, Dutch master Rem Koolhaas.
At 30, starting fresh in California gives new direction to her own life and her family’s precious legacy. “A very unique aesthetic vocabulary was born in L.A. in the 1940s, even in the 1930s with some of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes,” she says. “It created a model of living that was so far ahead of its time…I’d love to be a part of that.”
Photography by JEREMY EVERETT.
Written by KELSEY McKINNON.