When Colour Becomes Energy
When she was little they called her "Giuggiù"; now, Angela Caputi has turned that childhood nickname into a world-famous trademark, a collection that—since 1975 to the present day—has been enriched with colourful and elegant new objects every year with that pinch of irony that renders them truly unique and exclusive.
This is a gift that Angela and her all-female staff dedicates to women (sorry, to her women as she affectionately calls them) as ammunition as they head into their personal daily battlefields. At work and at home, a beautiful necklace can make a difference...
Angela, where does your passion for fashion come from?
I believe that it's more of a question of culture than passion. I like fashion and, before the top names turned into purely a matter of sales, fashion was the chance that women had to change, a change in terms of education, style and presentation.
When did you make your first pieces?
I have always regarded a piece of jewellery not in terms of complementing an outfit, but, on the contrary, as an accessory that is fine in itself.
Back then I began thinking differently to stylists, giving precedence to my bijoux, so much so that, when I later started designing—and producing as I'm an artisan—my first clothes and bathing costumes, fully embroidered, I realised that they stood for something more.
In the end then, it was the outfit that had to go well with my jewellery, strictly made in plastic or synthetic materials.
How much of Florence is there in your creations?
Inspiration is a strictly cultural thing, as I mentioned earlier. Ideas come from all things, wherever you go, you get an idea, making it your own before you go on to remould and transform it into substance.
At any rate I am very attached to Florence.
At all costs, I wanted my workshop to be on the other side of the river Arno, in the Santo Spirito neighbourhood, and one of the recognitions that I cherish the most is the Firenze Donna prize, which I received in 2003.
I'd also like to recall another top recognition, albeit an international one, which I'm very attached to: to be able to call at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 2005 and 2006 with the special exhibition: "Rara Avis".
What will you be wowing us with this summer?
For this summer I have been led by the hand by dolphins, crabs and coral... all very colourful for a feeling of freedom, sea and vacation.