Curation by Francesca Amfitheatrof
The daughter of an American journalist and an Italian publicist, Francesca Amfitheatrof attended boarding school in England but spent her childhood in Moscow, Tokyo, and Rome. She graduated from Central St. Martins and the Royal College of Art, where she received her masters degree in jewellery and silversmithing and subsequently trained with a master craftsman near Padua.
Francesca launched her line of jewellery in 1994. After which she was asked to design collections of house ware for Alessi and was soon commissioned by Chanel, Fendi, Asprey, Garrard, Marni and Wedgewood to create jewelLEry and accessories.
In 2001 she set up RS&A, a London-based agency that commissioned artists Yayoi Kusama, Maurizio Cattelan, the Chapman brothers, Paul McCarthy and Damien Hirst to name a few. In 2010 she opened the Gucci Museo in Florence as Head Curator. During her tenure she curated shows by Bill Viola, Cindy Sherman and Joana Vasconcelos.
Tiffany & Co appointed Francesca as the first-ever female Design Director. Her launch collection Tiffany T, a range of minimalist necklaces, cuffs, and rings meant for layering and daily wear. She then spearheaded the repositioning of the Tiffany Blue Book collection that comprised of 250 unique pieces of high jewelLEry. Additional collection. followed culminating in the launch of HardWear in 2017.
Since April 2018, Francesca Amfitheatrof is Artistic Director of Watches and Jewellery at Louis Vuitton, a House she has a close affinity with thanks to their shared values of savoir-faire and travel. Her style and creativity combined with precious elements shape the striking identity of Louis Vuitton’s jewellery collections. She also set up and launched her own brand Thief and Heist in 2019.