A while back I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie, founder and CEO of De Bouverie, a luxury brand that brings together uniquely beautiful jewellery and accessories. Promoting some of the most exciting and talented independent designers from across the country, Harriot’s passion for the objects of hand-crafted sparkling beauty comes across with vigour and enthusiasm and is a total pleasure to witness.
I was keen to find out how and why De Bouverie came to be so we chatted whilst playing with some of beautifully intricate pieces that Harriot had brought along – a wonderful way to spend the morning! She told me that her taste in jewellery comes from her father. Harriot was always inspired by the pieces that he used to buy for her mother – he would hunt around for amazing finds each Christmas and sometimes give little pieces to her as well. There’s a great story here about how she became a budding entrepreneur at the tender age of 12!
Having studied fine art and sculpture at Art College, Harriot’s creativity exploded as she learnt about everything from wax carving and intricate small designs to large scale imagery and installations. Leaving with no career path and finding she was unable to be so creative under pressure, Harriot took a role in the city in emerging market research in a small company with a family feel where she stayed for four years.
By a twist of fate and whilst on gardening leave, Harriot began amalgamating past ideas and developing new ones into a reality and a year later, De Bouverie the brand was born.
Tracking down high quality, individual pieces by independent designers and showcasing them in a central marketplace, De Bouverie offer a personal service, impartial advice, bespoke commissions and ready to buy pieces.
I asked Harriot to pick three of her current favourites and here’s what she came up with…