Passionate about design from an early age, it was through the universe of fashion that the Flemish-born Elie Top entered into the world of jewelry. At 17 years old, he left his native north to study in Paris at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Then, at the age of 19, Top went to work for Yves Saint Laurent, where he made many of the decisive encounters that would determine his vocation, forge his tastes, and shape his way of working.
First, Yves Saint Laurent himself, from whom he learned rigor, high standards and integrity. Then Saint Laurent designer Loulou de la Falaise, who imparted a mastery of bold combinations imbued with aristocratic nonchalance. And lastly, Alber Elbaz with his insatiable creative drive who, when called upon to take over from Saint Laurent, entrusted him at the age of 21 with the creation of his first jewelry pieces. This gave rise to a collaboration that persisted at Lanvin for over ten years: it oversaw the triumph of “couture jewelry”, finally refreshed for modern tastes, displaying exuberance and relevance season after season.
In parallel, Elie continued to collaborate with other fashion houses which led him to Baccarat. It was at Baccarat that for the first time, he was able to create a line under his own name, the Bouchons de Carafe collection.
In the wake of these various successes, he decided to create a jewelry line that would bear his name, and Maison Elie Top came into being in 2015. Maison Elie Top is a universe marked by a pronounced taste for strong lines and solid volumes, with baroque and futurist accents. Top creates jewelry of a playful and surprising nature, that crosses eras and styles to capture the present moment, a fine balance between tradition and innovation.