The brand’s concept is the result of a ring made using different bands, linked together by smaller rings. This original idea earned the label a reputation, and has continued to feed their success for the last seven years. Everything started in 2008 when Yves Spinelli was working at Max eld, the most renowned concept store in Beverly Hills.
By Marie-Caroline Selmer
He spotted a man wearing a bar of metal on his hand, supported by ano- ther underneath and covering all of his fingers. Yves liked the idea, but was above all intrigued by the aggressive, rigid system. After thinking about it, he asked his father – a hairdresser who made jewellery in his spare time – to make him a ring crafted using four bands, one for each finger, and linked by smaller rings. The original idea was to make the jewellery as comfortable as possible. Yves began wearing it to work, and quickly caught the attention of his clients, who asked him if they could buy it. Seeing the potential market, his wife, Dwyer Kilcollin, suggested he create a number of more feminine editions paved with precious stones and available in different sizes, widths and colours. He realised that all of the rings worn on the same finger and attached by what he called “connectors” was a way of feminising the design. With this idea in mind, he used the inspiration to de ne the brand Spinelli Kilcollin, launched in 2010. The pieces are now distributed in more than 50 outlets across the world, and the pair have made a living from a concept born of pure luck. But their determination coupled with their relentless effort have made their Stellar collection a modern interpretation of the iconic Trinity collection by Cartier…or so some say!