Suitcase Series: Georgia Wyrill Founder of Jewellery brand SAINT VALENTINE
This week we caught up with Georgia Wyrill, the woman behind Sydney-based jewellery brand SAINT VALENTINE, to find out what she never travels without, her packing tips, and what her most memorable trip has been so far…
Designer and Founder, Georgia Wyrill, graduated with first-class honours from Fashion Design at RMIT in Melbourne before moving to Sydney to work in fashion.
Finding more longevity and sentimentality in jewllery, Georgia studied jewellery making before launching SAINT VALENTINE (formerly known as BY.G) in 2016, seeing a gap in the market for high-quality affordable pieces.
After years of selling at Bondi Market, SAINT VALENTINE opened its first retail store in Bondi in 2020 and a second store in Manly in 2021 and is now stocked in stores nationally.
Georgia works with a small team in the Sydney head office where she is designing and creating the jewellery pieces for SAINT VALENTINE including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and ear cuffs.
What’s been your most memorable trip, and why?
My most recent trip to Greece in May was amazing as it was my first trip overseas in years after Covid, the biggest break I’ve had since starting my business 6 years ago, my first trip with my partner, we’d both never been there, we met some friends over there who showed us all the best local spots and we also got engaged. We especially loved Milos and definitely want to return to Greece to visit more of the other islands.
What’s your favourite ever hotel?
I wouldn’t say I have an absolute favourite yet, but on our recent trip to Paris, we stayed at a super cute boutique hotel called Le Petit Beaumarchais that had an underground spa with an incredible float pool and sauna which was amazing after a 24-hour flight and very unexpected. Would happily stay there again on my next visit to Paris.
Where or what is your escape?
I love going for morning walks by the coast near where I live in Bronte, Sydney, reading a book by the water and swimming and snorkeling when it’s warmer. Even though close by, this is my real way to switch off, enjoy nature and get back to myself and reality away from work and the busyness of life.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, it would be…
I am dying to go to Japan as I have never been and think I would be really inspired by the culture, art, food and design.
What’s your idea of a luxury wellness holiday?
Going anywhere where I can take a slower pace and won’t feel guilty about it. I love spending time in nature, having time to reflect and get some exercise, walking, swimming, or doing yoga. We often do this for short weekends away in New South Wales and Victoria, and I have also enjoyed some luxury wellness breaks in Bali and going to Gwinganna, a wellness retreat in Queensland. Usually, holidays for me are a faster pace and somewhere I haven’t been before so I spend the time being very busy seeing as much as possible and often come back not well rested and needing another holiday! So it’s important to take some more relaxing and wellness focussed breaks.
My top bucket-list destination is…
Portugal. I’ve been to Lisbon before and would love to spend more time seeing the rest of the country.
If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
I would love to sit next to designer India Mahdavi and hear all about her design work, process and life as I’m a big fan. Brad Pitt would also be fine.
What is your jet-lag recovery tip?
Try to stick to the time zone you’re entering when you sleep on the plane and if you’re really tired when you arrive somewhere, only allow yourself a one-hour nap maximum so you can acclimatise to the timezone quickly and sleep well the first night. I also don’t drink alcohol on flights and stick to lots of water as I find this leads to jet lag and not feeling fresh on arrival for me.
Paris Tennis Bracelet
What is your number one packing tip?
I recently packed many items on hangers so they could be taken straight out of the bag and hung up which really saved time and didn’t take up too much space so I would do this again. Definitely leaving space for purchases too and not having to worry about your bag being too full and overweight.
I never travel without…
A few key pieces of jewellery which are great for dressing up and transforming a simple outfit.
The Sienna Hoops are the perfect day-to-night statement hoop that I wore very regularly on my recent trip.
In my beauty/toiletry bag I always bring…
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