James de Givenchy operating under the name of his firm Taffin, is creating the most impressive contemporary jewelry anywhere in the world. Givenchy's use of gemstones and unexpected materials take his jewelry into the next century. He is quite simply, the master of design. De Givenchy grew up in Beauvais, France, a suburb of Paris where the Parfums Givenchy has its factory. Yes, he is from that family. His Father, Jean Claude Taffin de Givenchy and his uncle, Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, (the famous fashion designer) were both born there. Taffin as you can see, is a family name.