Handcrafted Leather Clutch Handbags ~ Now at WULLA!

June 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am excited to share with you that my handcrafted leather clutch handbags, sometimes embellished with antlers and horsehair tassels, are now available at Wulla in Gloucester, MA!

Handcrafted Metalic Leather Clutch by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Metallic Leather Clutch with Vintage Glass Sequins by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Leather Clutch with Vintage Glass Sequins by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Leather Clutch with Antler Toggle by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Metallic Leather Clutch by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Metallic Leather Clutch with Horsehair Tassel by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Black Leather Clutch by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Black Leather Clutch by Jenne Rayburn


Sundays at the SoWa Artisian Market Boston’s Largest Outdoor Market

September 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am so excited to be selected to present my textile and handbag collection, Manu, at the SoWa Open Market. We will have a display every-other Sunday from September 2nd – October 28th.

Jenne Rayburn Handbags and Jewelry at SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Silk and Leather Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

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.

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

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.

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa

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!

A Week-end At The Vintage Bazaar

June 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week-end Jenne Rayburn Jewelry joined antiques, architectural salvage, vintage clothing, and original art at The Vintage Bazaar, an upscale outdoor market in Salisbury, MA.  Despite being book-ended by rain on Saturday, the two days turned out to be delightfully warm with great live music and homemade ice-cream.

Jenne Rayburn Vintage Jewelry

Vintage Inspired Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn at The Vintage Bazaar

Thank you to Devon Chouinard-Allen for her hard work and wonderful style, which made the week-end a huge success. You can check out pictures from the day on The Vintage Bazaar Facebook page.

Jenne Rayburn Handmade Jewelry

The Jenne Rayburn Jewelry Display at The Vintage Bazaar

The feedback from the day was amazing, especially from customers admiring the recycled plastic necklaces.  And the other venders were so generous with their advice and wisdom.  We had a great experience!

Jenne Rayburn Recycled Plastic Jewelry

Jenne Rayburn Recycled Plastic Jewelry and Vintage Flower Necklaces

Here is the treasure I let slip away – Owl fire irons circa 1950…

The Vintage Bazaar

Vintage Flower Statement Necklaces

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nature is a primary source of inspiration for color, texture and form combinations for my work. Whether I’m driving New England back roads or wandering conservation land near our house, the creative juxtapositions of colors, textures, shapes, and symbols, even in my back yard, are endless.

Statement Necklaces with 1960s vintage enamel flowers, vintage glass and lucite beads.

Using both found objects and my own designed vintage inspired components, the vintage statement necklace collection is designed around eye-catching focal points and intentionally combines earthy with elegant. Usually colorful enameled flowers and rhinestone floral spray brooches take center stage, inspired by my love of gardening, and especially the flowering Clematis vines that bloom in the back yard all spring and summer. I have pretty much planted them to cover every vertical surface!

Late Spring Flowering Clematis Vines, in our Malden, MA garden.

Whimsical yet sophisticated color and texture combinations play a huge role in the unique personality of each piece and in the success of a statement necklace. Customers are very intrigued by the vintage craftsmanship mixed with the contemporary creativity of the collections. The handmade pieces are wonderfully original, combining artistry and imagination with functional details. I strive to create bold yet versatile jewelry that is also comfortable enough to wear all day, and easy to pair with any outfit. That is why ergonomics and wear-ability is carefully integrated into the design of each piece, resulting in jewelry with personality, that you can really live in.

Vintage Statement Necklaces with Enamel Flower Brooch, Vintage Glass and Lucite Beads.

It has always been my dream to own beautiful, confidence building jewelry, and that dream was the catalyst for becoming a designer. The right accessories can transform a simple, everyday top or dress into the outfit everyone remembers. While each woman is different, being genuine and original is key to a successful style no matter what your taste or personality. Be true to yourself, and try not to be concerned with trends or the opinions of others. Whether you love big, bright, contemporary statement earrings, or your grandmother’s favorite necklace, accessorize yourself with what brings you happiness. Adornment should be inspiring and a reflection of your individuality. When you feel good about yourself, you approach the world with confidence, which is the ultimate in polish and style!

Recycled Plastic Statement Jewelry

March 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

Bold, architectural accessories handcrafted from recycled plastic – a material that has been reclaimed from unwanted plastic foot ware.

Show off your personality with a Recycled Plastic Statement Necklace - by Jenne Rayburn

For Spring 2012 we are excited to introduce this unique line of jewelry featuring colorful necklaces, bracelets and earrings constructed from recycled plastic components reclaimed from plastic shoes. Pressed and twisted, then cut and woven, I construct the plastic bits into multi-dimensional shapes, strung together using patina brass wire to create dynamic jewelry accessories. My son Max says he is glad to see us keeping plastic out of the North Pacific Gyre!

Contemporary Necklaces Crafted From Recycled Plastic Footwear - by Jenne Rayburn

Contemporary jewelry designs, individually created using recycled plastics and other found elements. Recycling can be stylish! The reclaimed materials and components for this contemporary jewelry line come from women in Djenné, Mali, West Africa, using techniques that make use of natural resources and waste materials to create engaging and desirable end-products. Money earned is used to supplement the family income, in some cases it is the only income.

Recycled Plastic Loop Necklace by Jenne Rayburn

You might be wondering, what is the North Pacific Gyre {sometimes called the Western Pacific garbage patch} and what does it have to do with plastic? The North Pacific Gyre is an area of marine debris concentration in the North Pacific Ocean, and much of the debris found there is small bits of floating plastic. The “patches” are not the only open ocean areas where marine debris is concentrated. According to Greenpeace, around 100 million tons of plastic are produced each year of which about 10 percent ends up in the oceans. About 20 percent of this is from ships and platforms, the rest from land. For a startling look at the issue of plastic in the ocean, check out this article called Plastic Ocean originally published in Best Life Magazine, by Susan Casey

Color Trends Spring 2012

February 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

For Christmas this year my mother-in-law received the gift of a closet clean out. Shirt by shirt, pant by pant, her daughter and I gave the thumbs up or thumbs down, and when all was said and done, I think she had about five outfits left, and this was out of a very full walk-in closet. The main culprits? Clothes that were too large, ill proportioned, or the wrong color for her skin tone. Now, with all that real estate to fill, she is eager to shop the new spring collections.

Shocking red, pumpkin, apricot, pink and vivid yellow, combined with english greens, turquoise and sandy nudes. Image from weconnectfashion.com

If you are in the fashion or retailing world, you probably have been thinking about Spring 2012 color and fashion trends for several years already. If you are a trend analyst, you are traveling the world now in search of new trends to create innovative forecasts for Spring 2014. If you are my mother-in-law (the average consumer), color trends might fall into the same category as “what should we have for dinner?” You are living in the moment!

Navy blue, teal, blend of browns, creamy beige's, leather, suede and polar white, with accents of blue. Image from weconnectfashion.com

Trend forecasts are created anywhere from 18 to 24 months ahead of the selling season. The forecasting is approximately a six month process involving extensive travel to seek out samples of new and innovative fabrics and materials, to take pictures of trendsetting locals on ‘the street’ and their organic fashion silhouettes, and to be immersed in culture, politics and the global environment – all of which can impact fashion trends. The goal is to paint a comprehensive picture of where consumer taste, style, and sensibility is headed. For the fashionably curious, trend research and reports are available online from many sources. Pantone, Peclers Paris, (you can find Peclers Paris colour trends HERE.) and mudpie and mudpie trends (you can find examples HERE) all have great reports that include color, silhouette and style information.

Different seasons have different and reoccurring color trends, and for spring you typically see bright warm colors in vibrant tones. For 2012 there are classic reds, elegant corals, saturated yellows and soft pastels, along side cool neutrals like gray and navy, as well as metallic and cream.

Pantone Spring 2012 Warm Color Trends - Perfect for Warm Skin Tones

While trends are great for adding fresh air to your wardrobe, another important factor is your personal coloring and what colors will make your features shine. Which colors you select to wear is very important, because the right colors can add clearness or glow to your skin and enhance the color of your hair and eyes. Take time to determine your best colors based on your skin, your eyes and your hair. What is the underlying color in your complexion? Is it warm or cool? Once you have determined your skin coloring, you can select the fashion and makeup colors that are most flattering to you. Warm complexions have yellow, peach or red undertones and look better in warm tones. Cool complexions have pink, violet or blue undertones and look better in cool tones. A stylist once told me that your face should be the center of interest, not the color or colors being worn. If you have light hair and delicate colored skin, avoid intense colors. If you have strong value contrasts in hair and skin you can wear strong contrasts such as black with white.

Pantone Spring 2012 Cool Color Trends - Perfect for Cool Skin Tones

Knowing your best colors will help you feel more confident about your wardrobe selections so that you can look and feel beautiful, always. You may find, however, that some seasons none of the trend colors look good on you, or you might feel that your wardrobe lacks interest because the pallet of colors is limited. Accessories are great way to add accent and update – a bright colored belt or handbag is an elegantly simple way to stay current. Just remember to wear your most flattering colors around your face. And have fun with it! We could never have cleaned out that closet without a sense of humor.

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