Spotlight On... Celebrity jeweller, Theo Fennell
Friday 16 December 2011
Who is this bejewelled fellow?
Jeweller to the stars Theo Fennell started from a workshop in Hatton Garden. His first shop opened in Chelsea's Fulham Road in 1982. His workshop, now above the shop, is full of skilled craftsman making all the intricate designs from silver skull rings to gold pendants.
So is he friends with his celebrity clients?
Yes, many of them. Having been fully on the party scene in the early days of his career, he now takes it easy and admits that he might not recognise all the latest celebrities that buy his bling. Daughters dress designer Coco and actress Emerald help in the celeb spotting.
Are his designs mega expensive?
His bespoke line – like the Secret Garden ring with yellow gold, paraiba tourmaline, diamond and enamel – sell for £40,000 or more, but he has launched a cheaper silver range that sells in high street jeweller Fraser Hart.
Don't rich foreigners buy all the luxury goods now?
Yes they do, and Fennell is in discussions with partners to sell his wares in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and South Korea. The Americans also quite fancy his designs, and he has just launched a concession in Los Angeles. But London is still doing very well from all the rich tourists.
So why did the business make a first-half loss?
This was because of investment in new lines like the cheaper silver business, and a website. Sales in the first six months jumped 10 per cent to £5.36m, so hopes are the company will turn a profit soon. Seymour Pierce analysts give the stock a buy recommendation.
Will he do anything other than jewellery?
He has already gone into items such as silver photo frames, cocktail shakers and jugs but he is tight-lipped about what he is planning next. He has a variety of new product lines on the drawing board. Perhaps he is working with clothes designer daughter Coco on some new ideas for next year?
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 3 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 4 Laurie Penny: Feminist author subjected to 'vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse' over her book
- 5 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
Time runs out for Christian Iraq: Isis deadline passes with mass flight
Miley Cyrus death hoax: Fans distraught after a Facebook scam goes viral and she fails to tweet for three days
Laurie Penny: Feminist author subjected to 'vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse' over her book
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: France and Germany accused of going soft on Putin as sanctions talks stall
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash analysis: A tragic lesson of advanced weapons in the wrong hands
- < Previous
- Next >
£150 - £250 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - HR - Halifax - £150 - £250...
£24000 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Charter Selection: A professional services company ...
£400 - £450 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager (PM), Key Banking Client, Retail ...