Atelier Paulin jewelry

Item of the Day: Atelier Paulin Wire Writing

In Item of the Day, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

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The customization and artisanal trend remains in high demand, and we love this relatively new wire-writing brand Atelier Paulin. Based in Paris with a new showroom in New York, the French brand got its start when Anne-Sophie Baillet created items for herself using her daughter’s name Colette. She put it on social media, where it was noticed and subsequently picked up by Parisian retailer Colette. Realizing she needed to create a company, she teamed up with  Matthias Lavaux and officially launched Atelier Paulin in 2014, named after her dad Paulin. The company now offers both finished jewelry with pre-established words (“amour” is a favorite, naturally) as well as in-store pop-ups with artisans doing on-the-spot customization.

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An Artelier Paulin artisan at work

The 29 wire artisans who work at Atelier Paulin are all trained in the same manner, but each will have a slightly distinct “handwriting.” So each item is packaged with a card stating the artisan’s name, should the wearer want to request the same artist to make additional pieces. “It’s a very personal experience, especially to get to see the artisan create it in front of you,” says Baillet. It takes about 20 minutes to create a piece.

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As for the finished product, there are hoops and ear cuffs, bracelets and wire rings, each made from a single piece of wire. There are even single letters on rings so each hand can spell something out. Wire is sterling silver or rose or yellow gold filled, and can be solid or twisted for added dimension. A single sterling silver ring sells for $95 and a gold-filled collar necklace will run $325.

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