Spotlight: James Taffin de Givenchy’s Showroom

Nephew to Hubert de Givenchy, Jewelry designer, James Taffin de Givenchy had a bit of a jump start in his career considering who he was related to. However, the name wasn’t the only thing that held weight, as the world saw James in a new light when Taffin, a luxury jewelry label, was born. Raised in the suburbs of Paris, James moved to New York for his creative education. After graduating he went on to work at the widely acclaimed Christie’s auction house, before moving to Verdura.

Taffin, the namesake line by James, was launched in 1996 in Manhattan, and over the last 20 years has grown into a household name for fine jewels and one-of-a-kind creations. He’s a designer who not only makes beautiful things but lives and breathes an aesthetically pleasing life. From the way he conducts himself, to his clothing and interiors, his new NYC showroom alone deserves an award. Described as a melange of midcentury and contemporary furniture, Taffin’s Manhattan showroom is an extension of what the “Taffin” lifestyle is all about. Laced in hues of clementine, light red and mahogany wood, the showcase space is home to a collection of memories and style.

Drenched in sunlight and space to think, Givenchy’s vision was to create little spaces for little needs. Rosewood alcoves serve as private viewing nooks for singular pieces, while other portions of the line are displayed in perspex-enclosed, eye level display cabinets. A Charles Sevigny table serves as a holding ground for family pictures, and an objet or two from a travels past, while a midcentury ornate desk is for one-on-one consultations, that lead to dreams coming true.


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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji