Getting to know the genius behind jewellery label, Kirsten Goss
Designer Kirsten Goss is in the business of making must-have statement accessories with an undeniably unique twist. She tells us more about her latest collection, Wildcard, and shares some of her fave things
I studied a BA Fine Art majoring in jewellery design and gemology at Stellenbosch University. I went to London and managed to get a job working for big-time fashion jewellery company Erickson Beamon. I then decided to go it alone and opened my first studio in Westbourne Grove/Notting Hill in 2002. That eventually rolled into opening a standalone shop in Kensington in 2005.
(Goss now has stores in Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, too.)
Kirsten Goss jewellery is sophisticated, considered, fashion-led, fine jewellery. The latest collection, Wildcard, is all about the unexpected and is seriously luxe with rubies, sapphires and topazes, all mixed like a delicate, sophisticated cocktail.
Uma Thurman is the brand's muse.
My style staples have lots of pattern. I revel in clashing fabrics, textures and pattern. The crazier the combo the more comfortable I am.
My favourite item of clothing at the moment is my new couture one-of-a-kind W35T coat, bought straight off the catwalk at this past Fashion Week in Cape Town.
The things everyone should have in their wardrobe are a Crystal Birch beret, a statement coat by W35T or Marianne Fassler, and plenty of colour and pattern.
My favourite designer is Solange Azagury-Partridge - her fine jewellery line is truly original and brave. I love nothing more than someone willing to take risks and push boundaries in an otherwise stuffy traditional industry.
My favourite city is Oslo - it's got a bit to do with my Norwegian roots, but it's unusual, less-visited than the usual suspects and I like the counterculture juxtaposed with the very traditional Norwegian vibe. It's quite odd, which appeals to me.
I am in love with Chantecaille eye shadows - I went all the way to a store in Paris to get them. Sublime sultry metallics with a quirky palette and branding.
My favourite fragrance is the good old-fashioned Lime, Basil & Manderin cologne by Jo Malone, it is so fresh, I never get bored.
I just started reading Season Of Glass by Rahla Xenopolous. I am transfixed by this writer.
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