Monday, March 16

Profile: Carlos Souza

When it comes to sophistication and style Carlos Souza defines both words. An internationally recognized style icon, Carlos began his fashionable and formidable career with the incomparable Valentino. In his 20+ years with the Italian fashion house, he served as vice president of worldwide public relations, celebrity liaison and confidant to the legendary designer.

Inspired by his upbringing in Brazil, life in Europe and international travel, Carlos founded his own jewelry line—Most Wanted Design (MWD). An unpretentious mix of metals and precious stones are the foundation of Carlos’ unisex jewelry. Yes, unisex. Carlos publicly acknowledges the fact that it takes “guts" for men to wear his jewelry designs, yet many have wisely followed his fashionable lead.

His Most Wanted Design millennium debut took place on a yacht in the Caribbean with Claudia Schiffer, Liz Hurley, Tim Jeffries, Giancarlo Giametti and Valentino. Carlos gave Valentino and Giancarlo his unique, inscribed Charlemagne crosses, and thus his collection was born.

What inspires your creativity and designs?
My travels, fabulous friends and my sons.

What are your most prized possession
I prize my health, sanity and acute intuition.

What are the things life you cannot live without?
Love, peace of mind and yoga.

Who has inspired your personal style?
I have lived and worked in the very high altar of Haute Couture when exercising my PR activity for the house of Valentino. Nowadays I find that inspiration comes in the simplest forms and from nature.

Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project
My sons. They have very good direction in these hectic times that we are living.

What books are currently on your bedside table?
Coetzee and always some Rumi.

What is your favorite luxury in life?
I love to retreat to my farm outside Rio when I want to shut off the phone and my PC .

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To feel love, peace and harmony inside my heart and to share that feeling with the people closest to me.

Past or present who or what has most influenced your direction in life?
The love of my family and close friends. They influence me daily in my quest to be a better person. A good direction indeed.

Profile by Ronda Carman


Anonymous said...

Ronda I am most impressed. Each day you bring us the very best! I love each and every answer!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you Anne! I could not be more pleased. Carlos is a true style icon and a wonderful person - as evidenced by his answers.

Karena said...

To be trained in the design world with the best of the best. An honor indeed, and what cool jewelry!

Laura said...

This is so interesting...Mr. Souza seems like an extraordinarily grounded, spiritual person who knows what is truly important in life. And his jewelry designs are organic and beautiful...simple and exquisitely detailed...they seem a perfect reflection of who he is as a person. P.S. I adore that bangle with the stones. Perfection!

pve design said...

Indeed, each of us should be on a quest to be a better person. Just think of the world, we might all be the better off for it. Might I add, you are prolific at these wonderful profiles.

ALL THE BEST said...

You are so right! To work with the best of the best must be a true joy and privilege.

ALL THE BEST said...

Laura I felt the same way. You really can see his 'spiritual' and his 'worldly' outlook on life his designs.

Debra said...

Great post~ whatever are those bluish gems in the second jewelry image?
When we are our best, we do our best and the best, most sincere return to us.

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you Patricia! I so enjoy getting to 'know' the creative minds behind the work.

ALL THE BEST said...

Debra that is so true! They're pearls...aren't they beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Nice work Ms. Ronda. Carlos has amazing style!

cassandra said...

what amazing experiences he's had! every time i see that pearl necklace on vivre i swoon... it's one of my all time favorite pieces with the pop of lime green against those gorgeous pearls!

Anonymous said...

Hello Ronda,

Love Souza and all his designs...I think there is a lot of Brazil!!

Everything Fabulous has a new house and I would love it if you can stop by and let me know what you think!!
Hope you like it!


I have always admire Souza's work - another great interview. Thanks!!!

Mary-Laure said...

That bouquet next to Carlos in the top pic is just breathtaking!

ALL THE BEST said...

C+K they are soooo stunning! Love the green too!