A discovery through one of my jaunts to a Christmas fair in the diplomatic circles of Delhi; costume jewellery line cvh studio by a German designer Claudia von Hansemann. Right up our alley; these objects of instant gratification are fast becoming a rage, encouraging all fashionistas to be it.

It’s this petite woman’s fashion sensibilities which commemorate today’s style as eclectic yet defining with her collaborative efforts of bridging contemporary European design and traditional Indian craftsmanship. As a precious metal fabricator with Masters in Industry and Product Design, she gained over 10 yrs. of professional experience in Europe. Worked as a design manager with international furniture companies like Vitra and Benz, Rolf and taking it a notch up with Louis Vuitton which honed her skills of designing and executing luxury products with exacting quality standards.

India took her fancy over a decade ago; dabbled with a purpose by being a design and production consultant for NGOs – Conserve and Dastkaar in the craft sector of rural India on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development. Interestingly it’s a soul searching journey for many from different continents, when in India.Through her own initiative she actively participates in Fair Trade practices by engaging local artisans from Uttrakhand to Tamil Nadu  while making them an integral part of her design approach and keeping in mind the principles of sustainability and ethics.

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My playfulness also couldn’t fathom some unexpected combinations and techniques she used with contrasting materials such as hard metals and soft silks, rustic stones and elegant Swarovski pearls, all creating her unconventional style.I very excitedly, starry eyed, started visualizing a new look for my wardrobe……

cvh studio is also internationally well received in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and ofcourse some Indian metros. In Delhi she showcases her pieces at Moon River; in Mumbai at ATOSA and Bombay Electric; in Bangalore at Cinnamon and Verandah and in Chennai at Amethyst. She also participates in exhibitions of IMC and Design One, each year. These interesting necklaces are in an affordable price range of Rs.2500-3500.You could either look up her creations at her studio, (by appointment only +91 98 184 918 59) or visit the stores retailing the necklaces.

“I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass market is very modern, very now – no-one wears head-to-toe designer anymore”- Alexander McQueen.……. truly exemplifies the fashion sense of Claudia’s world, making a statement without much fuss.