EVENT Chantecler Store Opening
WHERE 1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui
Happenings: Italian fine jeweller Chantecler opened its first boutique in Hong Kong at 1881 Heritage, the hot spot for tourist shoppers in Tsim Sha Tsui. Sisters Maria Elena and Costanza Aprea, part of the second generation of the brand's founding family, travelled from Capri for a day of celebration. Socialite and philanthropist Cathy Chui joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store opening, which was followed by a luncheon showcasing the fine jewellery, including a beautiful rooster necklace. In the evening, the city's well-heeled women, including Pansy Ho, Yvette Yuen and Maria Wu, gathered at Central's Sevva restaurant and bar to check out Chantecler's latest collections boasting a rainbow of vibrant colours.
Forget bird flu! The rooster necklace is exquisite.
CHIC CHAT with Costanza Aprea
Can you tell us the story behind Chantecler?
Chantecler means “rooster” in French. It was actually the nickname of the founder, my father, who was very talkative.
Why is nature a key inspiration for Chantecler collections?
Because the brand was born in Capri. It’s such a scenic place; you are simply surrounded by beautiful people and objects – hence the bright colours in the jewellery.
Were there any other early inspirations for Chantecler designs?
Capri during the dolce vita period was full of eccentric people who loved to party and experiment with extravagant jewellery. There were people going out with a parrot on their shoulder.
How do you like to wear jewellery?
I like to mix and match the bell charms. It’s also perfect for a day-to-night transition. I also love pieces that are subtle but luxurious.