“A Parisian at heart and New Yorker by adoption, Haute Victoire is about a conversation between the old and the new."
Yasmina Benazzou’s international background has been the single most profound inspiration in her work. After a childhood spent in Morocco, Yasmina lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, before relocating to Paris where she studied fashion and accessories at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. After fifteen years spent as a designer in Paris, Yasmina carried on her international experience and moved to New York City. Fulfilling a decades old dream, Yasmina started designing and crafting fine jewelry as well as studying gemology and soon after created her own company, Haute Victoire.
A Parisian at heart and New Yorker by adoption, Haute Victoire is about a conversation between the old and the new. In search of exciting elements that inspire her, Yasmina incorporates her travels into her jewelry and creates from vintage and antique pieces, one-of-a-kind jewelry. She also designs made-to-order collections in 18k gold and playfully mixes them with her one-of-a-kind and Haute Victoire Vintage pieces thereby creating her own unique signature style. Her intuitive work praises individuality, uniqueness and craftsmanship.
Consistent with her commitment to women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and creativity, Yasmina has forged a partnership with The Lower East Side Girls Club of NY. 3% of the proceeds of Haute Victoire will be donated to LESGC’s Alphabet City Arts School in support of the organization’s long-standing art program. Girls tap into their creative passions, explore a variety of opportunities in the Arts, Humanities and Media, and connect with the thriving art scene in New York. Girls can take courses in: Photography, Digital Film and Media, Design, Sewing and Material Arts, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Art History. LESGC connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures – to learn more about their vital work please visit www.girlsclub.org.
Photos: Stephane Kossmann
Aquarelles: Elizabeth Guarino