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Style Pooh-bah Q&A: Barbara Ross-Innamorati of Evocateur

October 21, 2011

Barbara Ross-Innamorati’s love of things that glisten and shine has always been hardwired into her creative DNA.  A devotee of jewelry history, architecture, and the fine arts, Évocateur began as a hobby.  An investment banker by vocation, Ross-Innamorati was looking for a creative outlet that would combine her interests.  Recently, I had the pleasure of asking Barbara Ross- Innamorati a few questions about her collection. Check out the skinny on her collection, below!

Style Pooh-Bah Q&A

Naima:  Barbara, your collection is funky, fly, hot, fabulous and more! Your collection is the perfect synergy of art and style. How would you describe your personal style? Is your personal style reflected in your collection Evocateur?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati: My personal style is classic eclecticism I like to mix things up.  For example, it’s interesting to pair a vintage satin top covered in bugle beads, with a pair of straight leg J Brand jeans – mixing the old with the new.  It all works!  And I find it a lot more interesting than wearing the expected pairing the antithesis of “matchy- matchy”.  This is reflected in our jewelry and accessories where for example, we mix authentic vintage elements with contemporary cuff bracelets and pendants.  Also – in our other collections where we might pair for example, an image of a lion over the map of Botswana.

Naima: When did you first fall in love with jewelry?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati: That’s a tough question. I have loved jewelry from as far back as I can remember.  I think it all started when I was in the first grade.  I made a macaroni necklace, strung on yarn and then I covered it with gold glitter.

Naima: Because each piece is one-of-a-kind work of art, do you offer custom-made service for those interested in purchasing from Evocateur?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati:  Yes, we do offer customized jewelry and we have worked with several museums to produce jewelry and belts with images of their collections. We have also created vintage cuffs with customers’ own vintage brooches.  It is really gratifying to see an old piece that has been given a new lease on life… suddenly something that was sitting at the bottom of someone’s jewelry box is being worn and adored in an entirely new fashion.

Naima: What inspired your collection of bracelets for Fall 2011?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati: Most of my inspiration comes from my travels and from visiting all kinds of museums.  Our Catacombs collection was inspired by a recent trip to the Catacombs of Rome.  Our Spring 2012 collection, Oceana, was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis  which was showcased recently at the Savage Beauty exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Naima:  Personally, I absolutely love art and can imagine that your art studio where all the magic happens is amazing – especially by the look of your pieces! What was the first piece of jewelry that you made?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati: Besides my first glitter macaroni necklace, the first piece of jewelry I made for Évocateur was “The Kiss” cuff—Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece.  Klimt’s art was the inspiration for my work with 22K gold leaf.

Naima: I consider your collection as “timeless eclectic style”. There is something in the collection for the fashionista who is hippie chic, edgy, or classic. What celebrity fashionistats would you like to see wearing your items?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati:  Because our jewelry and accessories span such a wide artistic sensibility, the celebrity fashionistas who would look great wearing Évocateur include a diverse bunch- from the classic to the edgy hip:  Barbara Ross – Innamorati:  Kate Moss, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively and Rihanna.

Naima:  Where is your collection sold? Where can my readers find your pieces?

Barbara Ross – Innamorati:  Online at:


at select Nordstrom stores and at independent boutiques throughout the US, Canada and other international locations.  Check our website for store locations:



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