In Newswhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top style influencers to learn more about their lives and career.
This week, Clara speaks with Giovanni Mattera, Brand Ambassador and President of de GRISOGONO, a leading Swiss jeweler and watch maker founded in 1995 by internationally renowned designer Fawaz Gruosi.
The company has earned a reputation of being one of the leading jewelers and watchmakers in the world with a clientele including Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Lenny Kravitz, Sharon Stone, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell. And it’s carried in leading luxury retailers including Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
Giovanni Mattera role as Brand Ambassador and President of de GRISOGONO is to act as the director of sales for the United States and Central American divisions of the Swiss-based brand. The company has been present in the U.S. market since 2001 with Mattera leading the way since September 2003.
For more on de GRISOGONO: http://degrisogono.com/
1. What piece of jewelry from de GRISOGONO are you most fond of?
Being the Brand Ambassador for de GRISOGONO for the past 12 years I have seen many of Mr. Gruosi creations, all seem to have captivated me and take my breath away. Any special one? Not really. Because each piece is its own unique piece of art and it wouldn’t be fair to select only one.
2. If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Ghandi. I never met him, but it would have been a real gift to speak to a man with such knowledge, inner power and beauty.
3. Who or what is the biggest influence on your personal style?
Mom, she is the pillar of the family and has made me strong and powerful. She has given me the opportunity to be who I am and as they say: “Behind any powerful man… is always a woman.”
4. If you were not the North and Central American Brand Ambassador for de GRISOGONO, what would you want to be?
I would like to return to the island of Ischia in Italy, where I am from, and invite my friends to come visit this beautiful pearl in the Mediterranean Sea.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working in the industry of fine jewelry and watches, and making sure that I leave a mark.
6. Proudest career moment?
Becoming president of de GRISOGONO.
7. Best dining experience you’ve ever had?
In a small restaurant on the island of Ischia, that you can only get to by boat. The food is out of this world.
8. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?
Dominican Republic. I love the fine sand. I have a great passion in building sand castles with my daughter Josefina…… Best sand ever!
9. Three items that can always be found in your briefcase?
My wallet, magnifying glass, and a family picture.
10. What song can you listen to on repeat?
“O sole mio.”