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From City financier to “King of Cufflinks”: it seems a mighty leap for anyone to make. But for Robert Tateossian, a man whose international upbringing and love of travelling the world over have provided inspiration since childhood, it was a natural progression. Born in Kuwait and educated at French schools in Rome, Tateossian – who is fluent in seven languages – studied international finance at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance in Pennsylvania, before embarking on a successful career with Merrill Lynch on Wall Street and in the City of London.
After seven years of investment banking, Tateossian was ready to fulfill his ambition to start his own business. His creative flair, love of luxury and keen eye for detail have led him into jewellery and accessory design, setting up offices in London and a workshop in Birmingham – in the heart of England’s silversmith industry. His goal has always been to create a line of jewellery and accessories for men and women that reflected his own ethos: international, stylish, unique and uncompromising quality. In 1990, Tateossian was created.
In addition to revolutionizing the cufflinks industry, by creating the ultimate range of whimsical and unique styles for discerning businessmen, the brand is now much more than a purveyor of stylish shirt sleeve fasteners for bankers and brokers. The men’s collections now cover a wide range of accessories: from watches to money clips, rings and necklaces, the Tateossian trademark use of innovative and striking materials – such as leather, 18-carat gold and silver – is perfect for both the contemporary or classic international male.
Tateossian’s range of women’s jewellery epitomizes international style and elegance: from the unique materials used to the hand-finished craftsmanship of every piece, this is haute couture attention to detail made available to a wider audience. Statement pieces, using eye-catching materials like fiber optic glass, semi-precious gems in a myriad of color combinations, miniature fresh water pearls and precious metals, never fail to delight and surprise every season.
The Tateossian brand is now a global success story, selling in over 60 countries worldwide with a presence in top international department stores in London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, across Europe and the Middle East. Stand-alone stores in London are located in the heart of the City, at the Royal Exchange; off of New Bond Street on Conduit Street in Mayfair and Sloane Square. The brand also has a robust expansion program in the duty-free sector and sells on board the world’s leading airlines.
Robert Tateossian lives in – and runs the business from – London; but he still spends much of his time travelling the world and gaining inspiration from different cultures, for his latest collections.