JCK Asks…Alison Lou Designer Alison Chemla

We’re overcome with emojis talking to the New York City–based designer behind Alison Lou Who says statement jewelry has to be oversize—or overpriced? Not Alison Lou. The brand has made a name for itself, so to speak, with words, letters, and emojis, all playfully rendered in colorful enamel and solid 14k gold. “Our customers have a strong connection to the jewelry,” says creative director and designer Alison Chemla, who’s also caused a stir with her candy-colored Lucite hoops (dubbed, cleverly, Loucite). “They purchase emoji pieces that represent themselves and gift others that represent their friends. I love that.” Age: 30 Number of years in the biz: Six Number of employees you oversee: Four. We are small but might

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