Wild Things: The Gothic Aesthetic of Designer Alp Sagnak of Atelier Minyon

How Turkish-born Atelier Minyon designer Alp Sagnak built an empire on gold, grit, and Gothic aestheticsA lot can happen in six years. It’s the difference between a newborn and a first grader. Or L.A. Dodger Zack Greinke becoming $147 million richer. But a lot can not happen in six years as well, especially for a first-time jewelry designer out of the gate. For Alp Sagnak of Atelier Minyon, the years since 2008 have been a mix of both—highs and lows. Rinse and repeat. But as a result, the New York City–based Sagnak—who’s from Turkey and is known for a decidedly edgy take on handcrafted gold and silver finery—has become a nimble designer and businessman. For every hurdle, he’s filed away important lessons learned. It hasn’t been easy, and is all the more noteworthy when Sagnak, 37, tells you of his ego issues. “I give too much importance to my ego,” he explains. “

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