HE is not the only Special One in the family.
For years Jose Mourinho has lived off that moniker, leading the likes of Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham and now Roma to success.
Jose Mourinho’s daughter is an award-winning jeweller[/caption]
His son Jose Jr is an aspiring footballer and coach[/caption]
But daughter Matilde is showing her own unique talents as a jeweller.
The 25-year-old’s brand Matilde Jewellery scooped the Emerging Brand of the Year gong at the Professional Jeweller Awards.
While son Jose Jr, 21, is an aspiring footballer and coach who has been on the books of Fulham.
Back in December 2020, Jose’s ambitious offspring launched her own jewellery brand.
What made it different from its competitors was her promise to make pieces from sustainable materials.
Her passion for jewellery began in 2018, when she was gifted a gold bracelet for her 18th birthday by her parents.
“I was so excited. It was my first piece of proper jewellery,” she told the Daily Mail.
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She uses lab-grown diamonds because they “have the least impact on the environment.”
Matilde studied her craft at the London College of Fashion before doing an MA in Entrepreneurship: Fashion and Creative Industries at Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design.
It was on a shopping trip with her mum she learned that diamonds can be lab-grown.
She said: “We walked into a shop where a jewellery brand was doing a pop-up. The founder came up and said: ‘Did you know all our jewellery uses lab-grown diamonds?’ I was like, ‘What?’ I was intrigued.
Matilde’s jewellery line won a prestigious award at the Professional Jeweller Awards[/caption]
Matilde Jewellery uses sustainable materials, including lab-grown diamonds[/caption]
Pieces from Matilde’s range can cost up to £1,850[/caption]
Dad Jose Mourinho has been seen wearing Matilde’s men’s jewellery collection[/caption]
“My mum was born in Angola, which is where a lot of the horrible impact from blood diamonds took place. She was always vocal about it. She thought it was amazing that lab-grown diamonds existed.”
Matilde now has her own pop-up shop in the heart of London’s Soho that’s open until Christmas Eve.
Inside, you’ll find pieces for men and women costing up to £1,850.
Celebrity fans include actress Naomi Scott and film producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
While dad Jose has worn a bracelet and ring made by his daughter at training with Roma.
Although he’s currently without a club, Mourinho’s son Jose Jr is an able goalkeeper.
For three years he was on Fulham’s books before he was released in 2017.
Now 21, he could consider a move into coaching.
And, if his dad is to be believed, he could become a better coach than him.
Back in 2018, the youngster was sat on the bench alongside his dad when Manchester United took on Swansea.
For his work experience, he then delivered a tactical analysis of what was wrong with his father’s side.
Jose revealed: “In a period of a few bad results one day, he comes up with some analysis on my team — obviously suffering because Dad wasn’t doing well.
“We had lost to Watford and Manchester City, I think, and he came with the stats of the team. I showed them to my assistants and I told them, ‘Be careful as one day this boy will take one of your places’.
Jose Jr was an able goalkeeper and was formerly on Fulham’s books[/caption]
When his father was at Manchester United, he Jose Jr sat in the dugout for work experience[/caption]
Jose Mourinho believes his son could one day become a great coach[/caption]
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“But in fact I compare him with me at his age, where I would try to do the same sort of things for my dad — of course with different technology methods, but analysis from a kid aged 16 then.”
The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, as Mourinho’s kids are making their own way in life.
Clearly, the Special One has produced a couple of Special Ones.