Stephen Webster Joins Garrard

Garrard Holdings Ltd. has named Stephen Webster as its Creative Director, where he will oversee the Garrard design team and development of the brand’s creative process.

Garrard is controlled by Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., which recently bought a 49 percent stake in Stephen Webster Ltd.

Among Webster’s first projects for the international luxury jeweler is the design of three new collections: a new women’s collection comprised of a fiery combination of red, black, and white gemstones; a men’s collection with a palate of black, green, brown, and gold playing tribute to the English sportsman; and the recently announced – Georgina Chapman for Garrard Collection that will launch in Fall 2009.

Webster will also play a major role in modernizing and distinguishing the brand while maintaining its heritage.

Webster, who is based in London, will report to Terri Eagle, president and chief executive officer of Garrard Holdings Limited, as well as the board of directors for the holding company. The appointment represents a strategic next step in the evolution of Garrard within the global luxury market.

Webster, who began his own jewelry company in London in 1988, has attracted some of the world’s most glamorous and famous clients and established a loyal global customer base. His edgy approach and unmistakable designs have garnered him praise from his industry peers and awarded him numerous accolades such as the three-time win of “British Luxury Jeweler of the Year”, winner of the “UK Jewelry Brand of the Year” in 2008, “Diamond Jeweler of the Year” in 2004 and 2005, and “Jewelry Designer of the Year” in 1997, 1998 and 2006.

“I have always admired Stephen’s exquisite talent and passion for jewelry design and craftsmanship. The global expansion of his own brand has been tremendously successful and Garrard is thrilled to have such an achieved designer on board,” Eagle said.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to further develop my creative talent and contribute to the success of the world’s oldest luxury jewelry house,” Webster said. “I look forward to working with Garrard’s talented design team while bringing new inspiration to the iconic brand.”