As London Fashion Week approaches, so are the many prestigious awards that will recognise talented designers for their hard work. Amongst them, Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri will be presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by Her Royal Highness Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The award will accredit Mahtani for the craftsmanship of her jewellery, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment.
Caroline Rush CBE, British Fashion Council’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted to announce Rosh Mahtani from Alighieri as the third recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Mahtani has managed to translate her passion for jewellery and storytelling into a highly successful business while using responsibly sourced materials. Her ethical approach and commitment to local manufacturing, combined with her ability to make beautiful, timeless, made by hand jewellery, makes her an inspiration for many young British designers. We are incredibly proud to recognise Mahtani and look forward to seeing her business grow.”
Born in London and raised in Zambia, Alighieri’s founder, Rosh Mahtani, studied French and Italian at Oxford University. Upon graduating in 2012, Mahtani was inspired to create Modern Heirlooms, born from the literature she had studied such as Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy in particular. With no formal training and an intense obsession with the idea of imperfect sculptures, Alighieri was officially launched in 2014.
In such a short period, Alighieri has become known for its hand-made gold-plated antique-style designs. The unique pieces are made through the process of lost-wax casting at some of the oldest local suppliers. The brand is firmly rooted in literature and travel, and each biannual new collection is based on a different aspect of The Divine Comedy. Much like Dante’s subjects, each piece of jewellery is unique, battered and imperfect. Throughout the years, Alighieri has managed to create a community by forging friendships across all cultures, celebrating the fact that it’s acceptable to be vulnerable and imperfect.