Elise By Olsen

is a publisher based in Oslo, Norway. She was, aged 13, internationally reckognized as “the world’s youngest editor-in-chief”, of youth culture magazine Recens Paper. As she turned 18 Elise resigned from her position as editor of Recens to make space for a new generation of creative youth, and to contribute to a looping creative scene. She also works as a brand consultant, exhibition curator, fashion critic and university lecturer. Elise currently holds the position as editor-in-chief of Wallet.

Established Recens Paper in 2013, youth driven media platforms taking young people seriously were lacking. It was at the time unprecedented that youth would have impact in the global cultural conversation. Elise led Recens Paper into a magazine with “progressive ideals and post-digital aesthetic, at peak relevance in a season of fashion collections offering their interpretations of androgyny, individuality, and every possible permutation of youth subculture” (SSENSE, 2016). Recens is the ultimate showcase of young talent under the age of 25, a platform to bring young people’s creative narrative into print and into newsstands – a celebration of youth culture generated by youth culture. “Recens Paper is challenging the print magazine status quo, offering a space for young people to showcase their work whilst breaking down stereotypes of gender and race” (i-D, 2016) Recens Paper was included in HighSnobiety’s list of “the world’s top 5 alternative fashion magazines” and ArtForum’s “top 5 magazines of 2017”. “Olsen’s Recens has landed a place on the shelves of Tate Modern, Dover Street Market, 10 Corso Como, Palais de Tokyo, colette and Opening Ceremony” (HighSnobiety, 2016).

Established Wallet in 2017, a publication for your pocket – a small start to a larger conversation on the fashion industry and how it operates and capitalises on us. A new pair of glasses to see through the blur of the industry, to clarify and provide perspectives. With a sharp pen Wallet applies political dimensions to the sleek surface of fashion. Wallet is pocket sized and compliments the concept of an actual Wallet. A part of one’s essentials, highly personal and a symbol of capitalist values – your Wallet is a reflection of who you are in the environment you live in. And if you don’t have one, you are either too rich or too poor. The format enables a mobile function – you are able to carry Wallet with you, able to share; to reference, to write notes in and take notes from.