Jewellery designer Emilie Austin is inspired by Elvis and American culture, but she is unmistakably French. When we first met, her young bilingual daughter sat at the coffee table in their living room eating petit portions of food in small ceramic cups and bowls. There is a way of living that belongs to the French. It involves a particular attention to detail without being overly formal. This is how Emilie lives her life, although she adds a bohemian and rock 'n' roll aesthetic to the mix, which plays out through her jewellery range Elvis Et Moi. During the visit to her home, Emilie spoke about her plans to expand into leather goods. You can catch a sneak peek of her upcoming range here.
Which five words best describe you? Passionate, creative, ambitious, optimistic, disciplined.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I have always been creative, I just didn’t know how to express it. Then I started to work with jewellery and studying its history. Using my hands was like a revelation, almost like a gateway to my creative nature. Working with metal is humbling, it is ancient, it is traditional, it can last for many years and have many different points of importance for different people. I like to think of jewellery as the missing piece of an outfit, it just finishes it perfectly. Voilà!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? No matter what - always follow your intuition.
What’s your proudest career achievement? To see people in the street wearing Elvis et moi.
What’s been your best decision? To quit everything and concentrate on Elvis et moi 100 per cent.
Who inspires you? I collect a lot of magazines and literature on rock music from the 50s though to the 90s. I look at what they wear, how they wear it, the rock stars of the years gone by and their style. I draw inspiration from them. A lot of my beautiful friends also inspire me.
What are you passionate about? Arts in every way you can express it. If I have to pick two, I will say cinema and music. I couldn’t live without music and motion pictures.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Elvis would be too obvious, so I would pick Jim Morrison, and will ask him to read me some of his beautiful poems.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? Go to America, take route 66, buy some vintage Santiags boots in Las Vegas, then, of course, Graceland in Memphis. And explore every corner of NY.
What are you reading? La première gorgée de bière de P.Delerm or The small pleasures of life by P Delerm
images courtesy of emilie austin