Sarah BesnainouFounder of Eternamé Fine Jewelry
If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to believe that ‘everything happens for a reason,’ just look to Sarah Besnainou as a flesh-and-blood testament of its truth. In 2006, crying passionately on an airplane after leaving her love in Paris, Sarah opened her agenda to record her emotions, but her pencil had a different idea: it drew a jewel—not a beautiful, realistic, or dimensionally-correct jewel, but an impulsive creation. Three days later, that jewel had become a gorgeous pair of cufflinks that truly immortalized her romantic Parisian dream-world, and a brand—Eternamé—was born. Six years and dozens of unique Ready-To-Wear, Couture and Haute Couture pieces later, Sarah is bringing her collection across the Atlantic to Winnetka’s Neapolitan Collection. We caught up with the French beauty.
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BEAUTY MUST-HAVES >> fragrance: BLACK ORCHID BY TOM FORD // body wash: JOÉLLE CIOCCO GEL ABRICIOL // concealer: TRISH MCEVOY FLAWLESS // mascara: GIVENCHY PHENOMEN’EYES // lip gloss: TOM FORD TAWNY PINK ULTRA SHINE // nail polish: ESSIE’S THE A-LIST // pre-shampoo: L’HUILE DE PALME BY LEONOR GREYL
Q: Your first piece was inspired by someone specific; what inspires you now?
A: Human relationships are still very important. Traveling and meeting people inspires my creations; different cultures allow me to understand women more profoundly and get to know their different tastes.
Q: You’ve obviously travelled a lot. Where have you found a paradise?
A: The afternoon tea at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Hotel in London.
Q: You must have a dream jewelry box. Is anything missing?
A: When I wake up every day and go into my dressing room, I want to have a piece of jewelry that matches my outfit. When that something is missing, I draw it…
Q: Jewelry is such a great accessory; do you play down your makeup to show it off?
A: It depends on the occasion, but for everyday, I do my makeup according to my mood.
Q: What was the best beauty tip you ever received?
A: No matter what time you come home, always remove your makeup!
Q: Great advice. Do you have a beauty icon?
A: [The actress] Monica Bellucci.
Q: We’re so glad to have you here! What made you decide to bring the line to Chicago?
A: When I met Kelly [Golden, of Neapolitan Collection], I immediately knew she was the right person to launch the brand in the U.S.
Q: And we have to ask: do you have a favorite piece from the line?
A: The Noor cuff.
SARAH SHARES WHY SHE LOVES
THE NOOR CUFF ON THE G&F BLOG.