Born in Italy and raised in London and Paris, Olivia Dar is a world-traveller with a Parisian Soul. After settling in India, Olivia began her career designing embroideries and accessories for haute couture labels such as Christian Lacroix. Later in 2011, she founded her eponymous brand of hand-embroidered jewellery, clothes and accessories. Her artistic collections reflect her rich heritage, combing traditional craftmanship with a modern aesthetic; you can expect to find vivid colours and whimsical silhouettes.
With sustainability at the heart of her creations, Olivia Dar’s atelier is located inside an urban village within New Delhi, where each piece is created combining Indian craftmanship with French artistry. Male artisans take care of the embroidery whilst the female artisans apply the finishing touches.
Olivia Dar says “As a woman-owned and run company, we are especially attuned to creating a safe and supportive work environment for our female employees. We are committed to sustainability and source material locally, recycle fabrics and upcycle vintage embroidered clothing sourced from Central Asia.”
By combining sequins and seed beads, Dar seamlessly manages to create jewels that are decadent yet playful. We like to think of her pieces as bold, colourful and intricate works of wearable art. Ticking off several jewellery trends noted for SS23 including craftcore, beads and shoulder duster earrings; the Multicoloured Kingfisher Beaded Earrings, are light as a feather whilst allowing you to comfortably achieve a seriously statement look.
For something a little more subtle that can be included in your everyday outfit, look to Dar’s Gold Mini Sparkle Heart Brooch which is hand embroidered and inspired by the sacred heart imagery found from Sicily to Mexico.