We caught up with mother-daughter duo Toni and Chloe Goutal to discuss starting their business, what inspires their designs, and where they go to relax in the Hamptons.
Toni and Chloe Goutal
Growing up, Chloe often found herself in jewelry markets with her mother, Toni, which sparked her own passion for antique pieces and celestial motifs. With their first collection comprised of one-of-a-kind pieces featuring stars, crescents, and handcrafted Victorian gold chains, Toni + Chloe Goutal are forging their own path in the jewelry world with unique designs containing historical significance.
With an upcoming event at their Sag Harbor home, Toni and Chloe talk to us about building their business together and what attendees can expect on Aug. 17.
Why did you decide to enter the jewelry business as a mother + daughter duo? CHLOE GOUTAL: My mother (Toni) has been a collector of antique jewelry and all things celestial and astrological for as long as I can remember. As a little kid I used to ask her over and over again to open the safe so I could play with my favorite pieces on repeat. I eventually began to collect with her and we made it a point to source while traveling. Forming a business came naturally—we had collected so many antiques from around the world and begun crafting into actual pieces of jewelry—we were practically selling pieces off of our necks to friends and family.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs? TONI GOUTAL: Each one-of-a-kind piece has been sourced from the Victorian era. We have a range of broaches, pins or part of a tiara that we then pair with similar antique chains from the same period.
Do you have a favorite piece from the collection? CG: Each piece from our collection is one-of-a-kind and holds so much history behind it so it is kind of impossible to have a favorite. However, some of the earlier pieces we found prior to starting a business including a ruby and diamond crescent are absolute favorites that I'll never part with!
Your collection is made from globally sourced 19th-century materials. Can you tell me a bit more about how that came to be? CG: On a trip to London, my mom took me to one of her favorite antique jewelry markets where she had collected pieces over the years. I had my first celestial discovery, finding a diamond star brooch from 1860. My mom surprised me with it as a gift—I strung it on an old chain I had in my jewelry box and wore it all summer long. That summer in the Hamptons, I was approached by woman after woman asking where I had gotten my necklace, one even asked if she could buy it off my neck! This was the impetus of our business.
What can guests expect from your shopping event in Sag Harbor on August 17? TG: It will be an inspiring evening that combines stunning works from two artistic forms: art and jewelry. Our event will feature Toni & Chloe Goutal’s newest collection of Edwardian-inspired antique jewelry alongside a curated selection of contemporary art from Artemisa Gallery. The intimate setting will allow guests to experience the craftsmanship of the jewelry and appreciate the artwork on display.
What sort of pieces can we expect to see from Artemisa Gallery? CG: We want our guests to get a taste of the diverse and exciting contemporary art from Artemisa Gallery’s roster of acclaimed Latin American artists. On view will be a range of visually and poetically stimulating artworks from abstract painting, geometric sculpture, landscape drawing, to photography.
When you aren’t busy designing jewelry, where are your favorite spots to go in the Hamptons? CG: I have grown up spending every single summer in the Hamptons and it is one of my favorite places in the world. I love going to Sunset Beach on Shelter Island or Dopo la Spiaggia in Sag Harbor for dinner. However, I most cherish being at home in Sag Harbor with friends and family. We frequently BBQ and Round Swamp in East Hampton/Bridgehampton have amazing side dishes to pick up. Beyond that I have become obsessed with Holly Rilinger's workout class, Lifted, on Sunday mornings at Gurney's in Montauk.