Solange Azagury-Partridge is a British designer known for her jewellery and interiors. Based in London, she is the founder of her own brand called Solange. Self-taught, the first piece of jewellery Solange designed was her own engagement ring in 1987. Encouraged by friends, she began producing one-off pieces and, very quickly, a collection and business was born.
By 1995, Solange had opened her unique red velvet-lined boutique on London's Westbourne Grove. The boutique and her idiosyncratic designs were received to critical and commercial success attracting celebrities and tastemakers alike.
Her jewellery is featured in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as Les Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Secret Garden, an objet from Solange’s Metamorphosis collection which contains wearable jewels was displayed at the Medusa exhibition at Le Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris from May through November, 2017.
In 2008, Solange created a collection of art pieces, including clocks, rugs, precious objects, tables and a chandelier encrusted with 175 carats of diamonds. Entitled Unwearable Jewels, the pieces were exhibited in New York.
In 2011, Solange was awarded the prize of The Precious High Jewellery at the Spear’s Design for Living Awards. Solange was further honoured with the highest prize, the Talent d’Or at the Talents du Luxe et de la Création 2017 award gala.
Solange’s unique vision and love of storytelling is displayed in commissioned films that show the jewels to their best advantage. A film for the Stoned collection starred Thandie Newton. A film for Alpha, Solange’s first men’s collection, starred Mark Ruffalo. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed Liberty Ross in a film for the 24:7 collection. In 2015, Solange celebrated 20 years since opening her first shop and 25 years of Jewellery design with a collection called Everything and an animated short film ‘Jewellery with Rhythm and Soul’.
Solange designed the interiors of her homes which have received great acclaim with numerous spreads in magazines such as Elle Décor, World of Interiors, Madame Figaro, the Telegraph Magazine and W. Solange’s homes were also featured in a book published in 2014 entitled English Eccentric: A celebration of imaginative, intriguing and truly stylish interiors and in The Authentics, a book that was published by Clarkson Potter in the fall of 2017.
Solange is a founding member of The Leopards, a group of British designers and jewellery professionals. Established in 2016, The Leopards have come together to celebrate the wonder, art and desire that jewellery inspires and have partnered with The Prince’s Trust with a mentorship programme to guide and encourage young people into the jewellery industry.
The successes of Solange's Hotlips ring and her costume jewellery collaboration with H&M in 2005 allowed Solange’s jewellery to reach a wider audience.
In 2016, in her continued spirit of independence, Solange moved into a discreet under the radar location in Central London which has quickly become a unique, cult destination boutique. Solange has boutiques in London and New York City.