Aylin, clad in a Levi's x Opening Ceremony chambray dress, lounges on a custom sleeper couch a friend made for her.
It seems like Levi’s just keeps getting cooler by the season. This is in no small part due to a string of on-the-pulse collaborations with some of today’s best designers. From Levi's x Opening Ceremony’s chambray frocks to Levi's x Pendelton’s cozy trucker wraps, who’s the force behind it all? Meet Aylin Beyce, the denim house’s collaboration designer, who has a life any creative type would envy. Her globe-trotting schedule takes her to Alabama to hang out with Billy Reid, then to the Scottish countryside to check out historic fabric mills. Of course, all of this traveling (and the treasures she scoops up along the way), make for a very interesting abode back in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights hood. It's at this eclectic space that we caught up with the designer to talk about personal style, her favorite souvenirs, and her dream collaborator.
The bookshelf in the living room is topped with an antique typewriter.
We know you live in this gorgeous Bernal Heights apartment now, but where are you from originally?
“I was born in Turkey, but my family moved to the States when I was really young. I grew up in the Bay Area and my grandmother is from San Francisco, so I spent a lot of time in the city as a child and a teenager. After high school, I moved around a lot—Portland, Oregon, St. Petersburg, Russia, Paris, France, Berlin, and Los Angeles—but I ended up moving back to San Francisco when a position opened up at Levi’s.”
Aylin, in a pair of unisex Levi's x Opening Ceremony jeans, lounges on her bed, which is covered in a Levi's x Pendleton blanket.
One of the many perks of your job is traveling all over the globe. What's your most treasured item that you've kicked up on the road?
“It's hard to choose! I just went to Turkey, so my newest true loves are these traditional handmade Turkish slippers and a vintage robe from Uzbekistan. Another old favorite is a Fassbinder poster from a bathroom in Berlin. I can also tell you about the object that I most regret giving away! I found some really old, hand-drawn architectural plans in a dumpster in Paris, and they were so beautiful. But I got rid of them before I moved back to the USA and I still think of them to this day.”
The light-soaked wash area (left), and a view from the living room to one of the three bedrooms in the space (right).
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