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We met Sophia, the designer behind Philos'Sophia jewelry.

Rencontre avec Sophia, la créatrice qui est derrière les bijoux de Philos’Sophia - Mymosaa

During our various meetings, Sophia, sparkling and cheerful with her big brown eyes, revealed herself. She explains us her origins and her work.

How do you describe Philos'Sophia?

“I like to tell stories through my jewelry, stories between design and craftsmanship.”

These jewels reflect a connection between the past and the present, design and craftsmanship, it is a mix of cultures and eras which is reflected through contrasts of materials, techniques, trimmings and ancient and modern embroidery which gives an eclectic and unique jewel, a journey between the past, the present for a more human and more conscious future.

Each piece is unique and tells its story and secrets, which makes it authentic and ethical.

“Through my jewelry, I want to renew the taste for the attachment to objects and beautiful materials. Take time to create, take time to keep.”

How did you come to create your brand?

The tangible and intangible cultural heritage abounding in the Mediterranean has always been a source of inspiration for me. Through my jewelry I try to highlight the inexhaustible cultural and historical bridge between the two shores.

Globalization makes us aware of our attachment to habits and traditions.

We seek these values ​​of authenticity in craftsmanship and what is handmade. We need real products made by real people, real experiences. It is the role of artisanal design to make this need a reality: from this observation Philos 'Sophia was born.

What is your background ?

I spent my childhood between Paris and Ksar Hellal, a small coastal town in the Tunisian Sahel famous for its know-how in textiles and traditional jewelry that has crossed several civilizations. My grandmother, my mother and my aunt, dressmakers, passed on to me very early on my passion for sewing, fabrics, embroidery and traditional jewelry. It is alongside them that I learn to do sewing and embroidery, especially during wedding celebrations. From my childhood spent with them, I will especially keep the taste for this universe and the value of transmission.

After five years of studying object design in Tunisia, I joined the CREAPOLE design school in Paris for a master's degree in fashion and management and at the same time the Sorbonne for a DEA in fashion history in cinema.

After a career as a designer for a French leather goods house, teaching in design and art history and freelance stylist for fashion brands, with all these valuable experiences, I decided to launch my couture jewelry brand.

What are your values?

Resuscitating, repairing, recovering, treating, reintroducing, recycling and above all respecting materials and know-how are our priority. This respect begins by changing the methods of sourcing and production in small series, all materials are carefully selected by me and by my craftsmen, mainly based on recycled metals (silver-gold-brass), scraps and supplies recovered from sewing workshops and old embroideries with gold and silver thread.

This is the DNA of our brand.

How do you proceed with creating new jewelry from these accessories that already have a story?

Thanks to my network, I have access to old stocks from Haute Couture studios which allows me to supply myself with pearls, Swarovski rhinestones, top quality cotton threads ribbons. I also like finding old jewelry. I mainly work on noble materials.

Then I let myself be inspired by the history of each of these elements by designing new jewelry to give them new life by assembling them and highlighting them differently.

I involve craftsmen from the Mediterranean basin who restore old pieces or make new ones to enhance certain pieces. I like being able to highlight the particular know-how of these artisans who work with their hands.

And, final step, I assemble all these elements in my Parisian workshop.

This is why I offer jewelry in small series which cannot be reproduced identically and unlimitedly.

What is your next project?

Currently, I am working on launching a small collection of sustainable leather goods. Which corresponds to my original know-how!

What is your favorite jewelry?

My favorite piece of jewelry is my Kiro brooch which is the first piece I made. She is the one who is at the origin of my story: I was inspired by my grandmother's traditional costume and wanted to reuse parts of it.

What is your favorite place in the Mediterranean?

I particularly like the coastal town of Mahdia in Tunisia (south of Monastir), near my home region. It is built on a peninsula at the tip of Cape Africa: it is a charming place where you would think you were in Greece!

Thank you Sophia!