Back in the 1970s FOPE specialised in producing watchstraps in gold and other metals for Switzerland’s leading watchmakers, a task requiring exceptional levels of craftsmanship, precision and specific technologies.
In the 1980s the company decided to draw on this wealth of expertise to create its very own mesh, launching a jewellery range which is highly distinctive, instantly recognisable and unique on the international jewellery scene.
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THE STORY OF FOPE
Umberto Cazzola, first of the Cazzola’s dynasty of jewellers, opened his first goldsmith’s workshop with about 20 employees back in 1929, eventually passing on his innovative, pioneering approach to his son Odino.
A State-of-the-art factory
After the Second World War, the workshop turned into a cutting-edge factory thanks to the strong economic growth that involved the whole country. Odino invested in modern technologies that let him to develop revolutionary products, such as the flexible metal straps which will be the core of the production until the 1960s. In 1948 FOPE presented some works of the finest modern goldsmiths at Vicenza fair for the very first time.
FOPE launched the Novecento chain mesh
FOPE poured its vast wealth of expertise into making its own gold jewellery collections. In 1985 it created the Novecento mesh, today the true brand’s icon, shaping it into many different designs: the brand’s signature style brought it success in Italy and, later, world-wide.
Flex’it, style and innovation
The Flex’it lines feature stretchable bracelets and rings crafted solely in 18 carat gold and rendered fully flexible thanks to tiny gold springs hidden between each link.
Proudly Made in Vicenza
Vicenza is very rich in history and culture and has always nurtured talent and great traditions. It is well-known for being the city of Andrea Palladio, widely considered to be one of the most influential Renaissance architect.
Vicenza together with Arezzo and Valenza is also one of the three historic centres of jewellery making in Italy. Workshops large and small have always crafted gold here, creating deep-rooted traditions which are passed down the generations. Here lie the roots of the family which set up its first workshop at the turn of the 20th century, and have been making FOPE creations ever since. They draw on this rich, shared culture as they invent ever-new ways of interpreting Italian style.