ON THE GO
Travel items say a lot about people. This month, handbag designer Caroline de Marchi’s ring of wood and turquoise.
They didn’t choose each other, but this piece of jewelry was especially sculpted to bring her luck and happiness. When Caroline de Marchi was in Trancoso (Brazilian state of Bahia), an indigenous woman with something of the shaman about her carved this wooden ring set with a turquoise found in the jungle—one that matched the plumage of her beloved parrot, Aurora. When Yara gave it to de Marchi, those were the wishes she made. That was seven years ago; since then the ring has always been with the designer. At the time, she was opening a showroom for her handbags and leather accessories crafted by Italian artisans.
Her designs often feature some detailing in wood, such as a clasp on the Joy purse and the cabochons on the Beka, not to mention the display shelves made from crates. She’d also like to work with wicker—the iconic Cubo was inspired by a basket.
When de Marchi is not taking her dachshund Jaïpur for a walk around the Grand Canal at Versailles, she decompresses in the forests of Normandy. She loves nature and authenticity, so she immediately felt at home in Brazil, which she discovered through her husband. She finds the multiethnicity of the people and their spirituality comforting. She lives part-time in São Paulo, where the Hotel Unique, a wooden structure by Japanese architect Ruy Ohtake, is an inspiration. She dreams of Japan, its fascinating refinement, traditions and cuisine; the colors and materials of India; and Vietnam with its lacquered wood.
© DR - Julian Vallon