Leslie David

Visual delights abound in the light-filled Paris apartment of graphic designer, art director, and illustrator Leslie David. Upon completing her studies at Les Arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, Leslie launched her studio in 2009, offering print and global branding in the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, music and culture. In a short time, she has amassed an impressive list of clients from big fashion houses such as Chanel, Hermès, and Givenchy, to beauty heavyweights like L’Oréal, Lancôme and newcomer Glossier, plus media giants like The New York Times and Jalouse Magazine. 

Entering Leslie’s apartment, it’s not hard to see why prestigious brand and galleries are drawn to the young creative’s well-tuned eye. Her colorful interior invites you in with fun graphic elements that express her world. She deftly mixes disparate design elements- think Memphis with Art Deco – in a way that feels effortless and refreshingly unpretentious. This eclectic mix extends into her extensive jewelry collection, which she was kind enough to share with us when we stopped by for a late afternoon cup of tea. Here, Leslie recalls why the best jewels are gifts and the earrings so irresistible, they caused her to finally pierce her ears. –Emerald Carroll for The Stone Set

“I think I love jewels because my mum didn’t wear any. So for me, a woman with nice, big jewels was very exotic and transgressive in a way. I love jewels and I love to wear them but I’m not a jewel addict. I prefer to receive jewels as gift rather than buying them. For me, it’s a weird feeling to buy myself jewels. I hate to say it, but I feel so guilty after!


My go-to every day pieces are rings. My two favorites are a vintage one that was a gift from my boyfriend and one from Aurélie Bidermann given to me by my best friend as a gift after my daughter’s birth. I thought I lost it few months ago; I was so sad. Fortunately, I magically found it in my daughter’s bag few weeks ago!


The pieces that are the most important to me are the ones from Yemen that were a gift from my mother’s best friend who was living there few years ago. They’re just small things but I love them. I was lucky enough to make two visits there and they were the most incredible trips of my life. I’m happy to have these souvenirs from those journeys here with me.


I love French brands. Studio Uribe, Aurélie Bidermann, Annelise Michelson and Ombre Clair are all favorites. I’m drawn to bold, graphic jewelry—I think being a graphic designer impacts my taste. I also love vintage Art Deco jewels. I collect jewelry books from this time period as well; the shapes are so inspiring.


I just recently got my ears pierced. I think I needed a new playground and something new to shop for, and it finally felt like the right time to pierce my ears! Also I fell in love with Studio Uribe’s earrings, but I couldn’t wear them…that’s when I really knew I had to get them pierced. Now I’m waiting for my birthday to get a new pair. Hey friends, who is reading this?!

As a graphic designer, I’m very interested in and inspired by travel. I love going away, and being surprised by new experiences. I hate routine…when I come back from a trip (even a short one, even just to Normandie), my eyes feel fresh and revitalized. After these experiences, I can enjoy staying home for a bit and work with a clear mind. That’s really important to me.” –Leslie David

Photography by Emerald Carroll for The Stone Set.