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8B - The Michigan Daily - Thursday,

December 9, 2004

continued from page 4B
think I would enjoy "real" retro
clothes made in 2004. A pleasant
surprise erased my previous mis-
conceptions when I realized there is
more to Henrietta Fahrenheit than
its retro-chic image. Rich, glossy red
paint covers the walls and colorful
artwork hangs above the register.
There is a distinct retro energy,
but the clothing produced more
jewels that I expected. After being
inspired by the Michael Michaud
jewelry at Middle Earth, a 3/4-length
sleeve shirt immediately caught my
eye. The moss-green, boat-neck top

with a vivid yellow leather fern leaf
stitched on front, by Lorna Leedy
for Fancy Pony Land, is a delightful
blend of earthy influence and mod
While the shirt was intriguing,
the most exciting items in Henrietta
Fahrenheit are the vintage tie brace-
lets. Made from sections of vintage
ties, no two bracelets/wristbands are
the same. I was drawn to a wristband
with fanciful fabric, consisting of
brown koalas in tree branches dis-
persed over a deep teal background,
with an iridescent beige backing
and an opal-blue button. Keeping
the bracelet in mind, I continued my
shopping excursion at Poshh.

Located at the intersection of
Maynard and Liberty Streets, Poshh.
is the only authentic boutique near
campus. Consistently providing Uni-
versity students with a link to up-
and-coming designers, I was eager
to see what Poshh. is selling this
season. Among the mix of the mini-
malist 1940s boudoir meets urban
industrialism decor; the clothes beg
to be admired. Poshh. provides a
fashion-forward selection of clothes,
in addition to its selection of design-
er jeans. Walking into the store, I
was struck with the rainbow made
by the clothes along the wall - col-
ors ranging from ruby red to baby
blue. Ella Moss striped jersey sepa-

rates are especially popular this sea-
son, and with such delicate draping
and a luxurious'feel, there's no ques-
tion why. Her vibrant green-capped
sleeve-top captured my attention,
and it took several moments of fin-
gering the fabric's softness before I
could move on.
Further down the rack, I came
across a beautiful robin's-egg blue
pair of boiled wool trousers by Susa-
na Monaco. Continuing the blue and
green theme, the rack of dresses and
fancy halters is laden with emerald

and teal garments. My favorites, by
Black halo, also outfit the manne-
quins in the display window. These
mermaid-worthy shimmering vis-
cose mini-dresses and halter tops
in royal blue and sea-foam green
are perfect for a night dancing at
the recently revived Necto. Seeing
clothes in all shades of the rainbow
gave me a much-needed dose of
color therapy during our gray Mich-
igan winter; I left the store feeling
uplifted and ready to have fun with
the excitement of the season.

The Michigan D
Jess L.C. mixes business with pleasuri


By Bernie Nguyen
Daily Arts Writer
Classes, jobs, extracurriculars, com-
munity service. Most students are
stressed out trying to figure out what to
do with their lives, but LSA sophomore
Jessica Constable has gotten a jump-
start on her ambitions. She is already
running a business on top of her course-
load. This down-to-earth entrepreneur
has been in business for more than three
years running Jess L.C., which sells
beaded and silver jewelry - all hand-
made by Constable.
"I started it in high school," she says
of her business, which began her fresh-
man year of high school when a woman
approached her as she was making jew-
elry and began buying pieces. "I sold ...
in 12 stores around Michigan." Consta-
ble obtains her materials - primarily
sterling silver and crystal beads - from
a variety of sources all over the coun-
try and uses about "six different kinds
of pliers" to create her jewelry, she said.
She is also experienced in metal-cast-
ing and smithing, though due to lack of
facilities she doesn't incorporate those
into her business. "I don't know how
to set stones," she said. "That's pretty
much the only aspect of jewelry I can-
not do."
Her pride in her work is evident
from the careful way she handles the
delicate pieces and her enthusiasm for
the things she creates. "I'll show you

my favorite things at the moment," she
says as she holds up a pair of beaded
earrings that turn and catch the light.
The array she has set out on the table
is impressive - earrings of varying
length, with different-colored bead
designs. Some are even decorated with
freshwater pearls. All of her earrings
are stylish and pretty - trinkets that
catch the eye and complement faces
and clothes.
Besides earrings, Constable also
makes delicate necklaces and wristlets,
an innovative design for a bracelet-like
chain that loops around the wrist and
can be used to hold anything from cell
phones to keys to Mcards, a refreshing
alternative to the lanyard. Each wristlet
is sterling silver chain and decorated
with beads in a variety of colors, a cre-
ative and decorative twist on practicality.
Though they are the most time-consum-
ing of her products to create, they are
consistently in demand with her fellow
Constable knows firsthand the col-
lege student's financial situation and
strives to keep her business accessible
and her products affordable. "I make the
jewelry that is easy for people to afford,
but still up to the minute. The prices are
between $8 and $20. My demographic
is college-age girls who don't have a lot
of money, so this is perfect - to give
them what they want without them hav-
ing to spend so much money on it."
She cites Tiffany's as one of her

LSA sophomore Jessica Constable designs jewelry with students in min

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sources of inspiration. "I have a lot of
new products that are similar to the look
of Tiffany's for $10 or $15," she says,
displaying a pair of sterling silver post
earrings. Her prices are reasonable, but
she never sacrifices style for frugality.
As an experienced player in the retail
market, Constable has seen the trends
come and go and has devised creative
ways to make Jess L.C. available to
customers. Among them is her jewelry
shows, an event in which she shows her
pieces at the request of a host and takes

orders for later delivery. The holi
season is her most hectic as her jewe
is ideal for gifts.
Though she doesn't view jewel
making as a hobby, she describes it
her creative outlet. "I love graphics,
I love color and design, and to be able
use those in a practical way with bu
ness is really good for me."
Constable's jewelry can be purcha
at her website, www.jesslc.com.
said several stores on campus may be
selling her merchandise soon.





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