Interview With Robert Tateossian, Founder at Tateossian, Interviewed by Linda Kellner

How are you feeling as the brand enters its 30th year?
 
It is difficult to be in a celebratory mood when the entire world is coming to a standstill. I had many plans for events during this year to mark this special milestone but it would be a lack of respect to do so in the current environment.
 
Of course, I am most proud to have created a company with over 70 employees, which today still remains independent, with a global distribution in 70 countries, to over 700 of the best retailers.
 
What are your most proud moments?
 
Some of my proudest moments are when I spot someone wearing a piece of our jewellery – which is something I can immediately identify as I am still intrinsically involved in the every stage of our jewellery design and manufacturing process, whether it is spotting someone wearing one of our bracelets on a BA flight or a Japanese young man wearing one of our cufflinks.
 
Of course, I am also very proud of all the collaboration and licenses we have worked on over the years, the Elton John Aids Foundation, Ermenegildo Zegna, MCM and most recently the designs studios of Zaha Hadid.
 
Last and not least, it made me very proud to find out that over these three decades we have donated to charities more than £1million in product and or cash.
 
What is your favourite design?
 
My favourite design varies with the time of day and the occasion. In cufflinks, the skeleton and gear cufflinks always fascinate me as I love to show the inner mechanisms of a watch and show an element of movement. Of course, wearing a piece of a Lunar meteorite on the wrist is also a thrilling experience.  I have always liked organic shapes for stones, and one of my favourite necklaces to wear is a raw sapphire with melted gold on the sides suspended on leather.
 
What is your favourite part of the job?
 
I love to travel and spend much of my time going from continent to continent, designing collections, meeting clients and sourcing for new materials, gaining inspiration from architecture, design, and people.

A Personal Message From Robert Tateossian

To our valued customers and partners,

It is with great sadness that I am watching the ravaging impact of COVID-19 around the world as it takes its human toll and severely impacts businesses in every sector of industry. This is definitely not the environment in which I had planned to celebrate 30 years of Tateossian!

We would like to reassure you that we are taking every reasonable measure to keep every member, customer and partner of the Tateossian company as safe as possible. We are following the guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as local and national health organisations.

It is also my commitment during this period of volatility in the work environment to minimise instability for our staff and suppliers who have families to support and financial commitments. These are some of the precautionary measures we are taking:

Our Stores

We are following the most up to date advice from the British Government with regards to the opening of our London stores.

In accordance with these guidelines, we have made the decision to temporarily close our stores in London, this includes the stores in the Royal Exchange, Sloane Street, Conduit Street and the 02 Area. We have done this as the safety of our customers and our store staff is of utmost importance to us.

Online

We will endeavour to keep our website and online deliveries operating to their full capacity as long as we are able to do so. We are aware that in these times online shopping may be the most convenient for many of our customers. Our warehouse staff are ensuring that extra care is taken with every parcel with additional hygiene measures. We are also working closely with our courier partners to ensure that all deliveries are delivered in a timely and hygienic manner.

Our Staff

Our staff are at the heart of business and we are following all advice and protocols to keep our employees safe.

The situation is changing on a daily basis and as it continues to unfold we are aware that we may need to make further changes, we will continue to monitor the situation and aim to keep you as up to date as possible.

To insure business continuity contingency measures have been taken so that employees can work remotely and so that we continue to uphold our commitment for a superior service.

In this difficult and confusing time, we would like to extend our best wishes to all of you, it is in times like these that we can find comfort in our loved ones and the community around us. It is important that we all cooperate together, extending help wherever possible and to provide security and protection for who are around us. Stay safe and best regards as we look forward for “normality” to return.

Robert Tateossian
Founder & Managing Director, Tateossian London