Why I Wear What I Wear: Francesca Amfitheatrof

Eric T. White

For the Tiffany & Co. design director, notions of cut and color go beyond stones.

“A woman should always have a diamond on somewhere,” says Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.’s fortysomething design director, outside her downtown New York City office. “No matter how small. Preferably not too small.” In addition to the requisite rock (hers is from Tiffany, no surprise), her everyday jewels include a cuff from the T collection—Amfitheatrof’s first designs for the brand—her grandmother’s yellow-gold wedding band, and a yellow-sapphire, spessartite, and diamond pendant from the company’s new Masterpiece collection. “Tiffany hasn’t always flexed those muscles, to do big, colorful pieces that are quite young. I love to wear big pieces, and a lot of them.” The remainder of her daily uniform is a combination of more masculine, tailored pieces (her shirt is by The Row) and eclectic prints, such as the Gucci skirt seen here: “I usually have on some clashing patterns and odd colors.”