"IN TEES" Emilie Poulin of Llayers Jewelry


Tell us a little about yourself and your brand/work:

Llayers™ is a jewelry brand based in Brooklyn, New York. The line is based on a desire to create timeless minimalist products using quality materials and mostly inspired by art, architecture and clean lines.

I’m a New York based fashion designer and consultant, born and raised in France. 
After my studies and diploma of literature and languages, I studied fashion at the famous fashion school Studio Berçot in Paris. 
Soon after, I started to work as a fashion designer, working with a wide range of fashion houses, magazines, and press offices…
A few years ago, I decided to move to New York to work for Calvin Klein as a Menswear Designer. 

This year I was ready to finally launch under my name and llayers is the natural continuation of my work as a fashion designer.

Online at: llayersnyc.com

How did you initially get into jewelry making?

I started learning about jewelry last year and was fascinated by the handmade process.  I gave myself a year to launch my first project! I think jewelry allows me to explore more of the architectural shapes and inspiration I like (that fabric doesn't necessarily allow). 

What inspires you most in your day to day?

I like that NYC itself always challenges me. The city itself brings upon new ideas to explore at all times. Music and art books also bring me a lot of inspiration. I love looking into anything vintage! 

Who are some of your favorite artists/designers and why?

I like artists such as Sol Lewitt, Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand, James Turell, Jenny Holzer. It inspires me how to mix minimalism and clean lines with different textures, colors and materials.

As for fashion I always admired designers like Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, Hedi Slimane and my friend Nicolas Andreas Taralis mastering cuts and details (with whom I had the pleasure of working with about 10 years ago).

What is your daily uniform?

A pair of jeans, tee and long messy hair…

At 1 9 2 0, T-shirts play a significant role in our day to day life. Tell us about your favorite T-shirt and how you acquired it?

I really like this Vintage Japanese black washed t-shirt I have that I got at a vintage store in Paris. I love the softness of the fabric but it also has a slightly dry touch to it which is so unique since it's so soft. I love the  washed color and easy fit. It is not too feminine and has a slight tomboy fit. 

Also, as a child I remember some printed Mickey tee's that I loved so much, I wish I still had those! 

Do you have a favorite 1 9 2 0 style?

I absolutely love slim sleeve crew. It’s simple while still feeling elegant; you can roll up the sleeves and wear it during the day or at night. The color Orange is so vibrant and special, I get compliments on it every time I wear it! 

Words to live by?

I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. –David Bowie

* All original photos courtesy of Emilie Poulin for 1920, Inspiration via Tumblr