Áslaug Fridjónsdóttir, Designer

A conversation with Twin Within accessories designer and Iceland native Áslaug Fridjónsdóttir

By Laura Cassidy May 22, 2013 Published in the June 2013 issue of Seattle Met

What does it say about us that fashion’s most of-the-moment accessory materials include bungee cord and rock climbers’ clips? Something about gold prices and hanging on for the ride? For the just-launched line Twin Within, part-time Queen Anne resident—and eternal Icelander—Áslaug
Fridjónsdóttir and her sister hand-stitch rope, plastic tubing, brass hardware, and other colorfully industrial materials into bib-style necklaces. The fantastically tubular designs—find them locally at Far 4, Prism, and Cairo, and in Brooklyn, Copenhagen, and London—feel at once tribal and urban, a duality that ought to up their investment value. 


The dress is by a friend in Iceland whose line is called Eyglo; the fabric design is a digital print of her hair. The necklaces in our first collection are named after cities; this is Rome.

Your Hair
My friend Misa Ayala, who apprentices at Vain downtown, did my hair. I wanted to try something fun without taking a big risk.

Closet Essentials
I love dresses that I can wear casually over pants or pair with heels for a night out. I always look for things that I can dress up or down, like the American Apparel chiffon shirts I have in different colors. They’re inexpensive and they look fancier than they are. Since having my daughter three years ago, I’ve learned that lipstick and the right accessories can make almost anything work.

Iceland vs. Seattle
We are so few in Iceland; there are only 300,000 of us, therefore the sense of individuality is heightened. I do dress more creatively when I’m there.

Designer Dream
I think our necklaces would look amazing with Stella McCartney’s clean-cut lines and the sporty feel of her collections—especially her current spring/summer pieces.


Published: June 2013

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