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Women and jewelry are inseparable. Even so, choosing a signature jewelry style can be a challenge. The pieces you wear every day should reflect your unique personality, fit with your wardrobe, and balance trendy and timeless.
I love big bold cuff bracelets. Maybe because I watched Wonder Woman as a girl… Actually I insisted on watching a Wonder Woman movie with the boys recently, wanting them to have a holistic view of the superhero universe. (Queen Hippolyta, the mother of Wonder Woman, wears fabulous star earrings. But I digress). Needless to say, the cuff is a powerful look that has appealed to warrior women throughout fashion history.
Our SoWa booth is awash in bright summer colors, with a new collection of vintage Lucite statement necklaces, fashioned from my huge collection of vintage beads and findings. Lucite makes a wonderful fashion accessory for several reasons. Foremost, Lucite is lightweight, making dramatic statement necklaces easy to wear. The colors still available from vintage stock are exotic and vibrant, making it a fashion accessory to compliment any style or outfit while letting your inner fashionista shine through. Be sure to stop by and try them on!
You can find me at SoWa again this summer! Touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston, at SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, ceramics, and glassware.
It’s hard to believe that this Sunday marks the end of the open market season. We will have our last trunk show at the SoWa Open Market on Sunday, October 28th, 2012. Featuring a costume contest, pumpkin carving and live music, the last SoWa Open Market is entitled “The Market of the Living Dead”. Looking at the pictures from last year, it is a very serious costume contest!
The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays from May through October, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue. One of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End has been touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston. At SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, glass, and custom framed art.
Always on the hunt for rare or out of production vintage textiles and findings, and unique ethnic specialty fabrics, the Manu collection includes silk, local wool, organic cotton, and leather. Several of the fabrics have been hand-dyed or graffiti printed in the studio, a technique I discovered while traveling in Japan and studied after returning home.
I am passionately curious about other cultures, their identities and design traditions, and I love to I travel the world hunting for materials, sketching and photographing. Everything I discover and experience is incorporated into my design process. Hand-selecting unique materials with distinctive details or that have an elegant flair; antique buttons, vintage Lucite handles and elegant trims often find their way into my designs.
These many beguiling finds are playfully combined with sometimes unexpected colors and textures to create unique, timeless designs – blending surprise and romance. Manu designs are inspired by my personal aspiration to feel sexy and confident with a sophistication that is also whimsical and fun.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Here are a few pictures of our display this past Sunday. I introduced Manu, my collection of handbags, belts and scarfs. I’ve been scouring vintage markets and antique shops for fabrics and components for years, and am really pleased with how they have come together with my own contemporary accessories in this new line. I have also developed custom-dyed fabrics, including silk, wool and organic cotton, which are then manipulated through traditional and contemporary techniques such as knitting, stitching, nuno felting, batik, crochet, embroidery, quilting and collage.
The resulting fashion accessories are a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage textiles inspired by the mix of color and ornament in indigenous folk art and the rough and weathered look of things well-worn and well-loved.
The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue, in one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End, which is touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston!
Jenne Rayburn Recycled Plastic Statement Necklaces and Cuff Bracelets were featured at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim at a party for Miami based fashion bloggers on July 19th, hosted by Bloggers Night Out and sponsored by Plastics Make it Possible, Schick Quattro for Women, Orchid Boutique and LYST.
Thank you to stylist Isabelle Philogene, Allyson Wilson at the American Chemistry Council and PR firm Ogilvy & Mather!
Custom statement necklaces that combine vintage jewelry with new materials to create a beautiful updated look; a new statement piece from recycled costume jewelry.
These three lovely necklaces were custom designed at the request of a client who wished to modernize and reinvent their vintage costume jewelry while retaining the sentimental value. Each piece is carefully put together and one-of-a-kind.
The talents of so many craftspeople who dedicated themselves to the art of fashion jewelry design are represented in vintage costume jewelry. And, with so many styles to choose from, vintage costume jewelry is the perfect accessory for casual to formal dress. From antique Victorian jewelry of the 1800’s, to rhinestone necklaces, earrings and brooches from the 1920s to 1950s, and enameled fashion jewelry, Lucite and plastic of the 1950’s and 1960s, you’re sure to find costume jewelry perfect for your style.
To collect the many unique pieces used in the jewelry collections, I spend countless hours traveling back roads and searching online, looking for vintage beads, brooches, rhinestone clip-on earrings, and distinctive jewelry that can be incorporated into my designs. In the studio, I rework these treasures, mixing the uniqueness of vintage components with my own custom designs and findings, semi-precious stones and enamels, to bring new life to timeworn materials. Taking jewelry from the past and recycling it into a contemporary work of art that can be enjoyed once again is both creatively exciting and energizing – even more fun when your client brings you these wonderful components to work with!