Sicilian for ‘treasures’, Trisori’s name sums the brand up perfectly. Every item is set with colourful, semi-precious stones and is individually handmade so no two pieces will ever be the same. From tribal-inspired earrings to contemporary bangles, Trisor’s jewellery is always on-trend and luxurious, plus with prices starting at £39 it is relatively affordable too.
The duo behind the brand are Valeria Calvo (pictured) and Lucio Fracaro, two Italian designers who moved to London with a dream of creating a luxury jewellery brand that combined elements of Sicily’s architecture with the chic, contemporary style of London, and they certainly managed it. Calvo, born and raised in Sicily, has loved jewellery since childhood when she would make clay necklaces and bracelets. She has now lived in London for seven years, during which time she met Fracaro, another Italian with whom she set up the brand. The first designs were made mainly from silver and were a huge success, pushing the team to invest in the company and to create the wide range of products the brand now sells.
Although Trisori may be very successful now, it wasn’t always so easy for Calvo and Fracaro. Calvo had no professional fashion background – she studied economics in Italy – and despite her natural talent, designing the jewellery was far from the hardest part of setting up the business. Finding a manufacturer who had the same passion for the brand as the duo themselves did took time, and promoting the brand was a long, drawn-out process that required a lot of patience and self-belief to keep Trisori going until the orders began to roll in.
Calvo believes that “life should always be full of colours” which shows through in Trisori’s multi-coloured earrings and bracelets, perfect for this season’s brightly-coloured trend! Personally I’m loving the blue and lilac Dreams Catcher earrings (below). Earlier this year, Trisori was voted 2nd place in Professional Jeweller’s befittingly-titled Treasure competition, winning a stand at London Fashion Week to promote and sell their beautiful designs. This just goes to prove that perseverance can take you a long way in the fashion industry. Calvo’s own advice to aspiring designers wanting to break into the fashion business is to “be creative, believe in yourself, and, most importantly, believe in your product”.