Interview

Elie Top

This week, in our special issue for men, Elie is truly the gem of our new series.

All his life, Elie Top has followed his passion for design. From his early years drawing architecture all the way to the present day with his exquisite jewelry collections, this man has never sacrificed an inch of beauty or perfection in his creations. Many renowned figures in fashion have influenced Elie throughout his career, including Yves Saint Laurent, Loulou de la Falaise, and finally Alber Elbaz. They all taught him the importance of embracing new creativity, achieving the visual ideal, and trusting his own instinct in making art. Since then, his quest to reestablish couture jewelry as integral and relevant to the fashion industry has proven successful. After launching his own jewelry line in 2015, he has crafted a number of pieces that are far too superb to describe. Elie has reminded the world that, yes, fine jewelry can and should be a part of your everyday composition.

This week, in our special issue for men, Elie is truly the gem of our new series. A few months ago, we had the special opportunity to view one of his collections up close. The memory of his breathtaking work now has us coming back for more, eager to learn about what lies behind those brilliant hands, that creative mind, in his everyday life.

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YOUR INSPIRATION

For starting your business…
I went back to childhood to truly find myself, and rediscover my aesthetic.

To stay creative…
I keep my eyes and my ears open, I peruse books and listen to the radio.

YOUR CITY

What you love most…
I love the Cour Carrée at the Louvre Museum. It captures perfection in balance and proportion.

Favorite afternoon café…
I always love to go to the Flore on boulevard Saint Germain; it’s the most Parisian place.

Go-to lunch place…
There is a delightful Italian restaurant called Crudus on rue Saint Roch, very close to my jewelry salon on rue Saint Honoré.

A night on the town…
I visit the new place at Pigalle called le Carroussel located on rue Fontaine.

YOUR DAY

Morning routine…
I drink hot water with lemon, have avocado, and coffee.

Perfect outfit…
It’s always the same! I wear a striped shirt, a knitted tie, a tweed jacket, blue jeans, chelsea boots, and a printed scarf.

Evening relaxation…
I’ll have a glass of red wine.

YOUR FAVORITES

Skincare…
Everything from Clinique.

Sports…
Swimming.

Perfume…
Cuir de Russie, Chanel.

Gadgets…
My Iphone – it is just difficult to do without.

TRAVELS

Favorite cities to visit…
I adore Italy. I have travelled to Rome, and I certainly love Venise. I am waiting to visit Napoli and Palermo.

Favorite places to totally disconnect and recharge…
I escape to paradise in Paxos, the Greek island, and les Cevennes, the old mountains in the south of France.

Necklace: Sirius Scaphandre Pendant Amethyste (Closed)

Lani Allen

Lani Allen is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Creative Writing with a concentration in Spanish. Having served as Vice President of her class for two years, she has since contributed written pieces and illustrations to many on-campus publications. As a writer with an interest in the beauty industry, Lani intends to pursue a career in either journalism or fashion marketing.

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