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For the most part, Jewel is not cheap. This is a decidedly upscale Woodstock store, but its merchandise comes with a guarantee. As Widener says, “Clothing choices are so limited now because it’s Mall America. When people come here, they know that my pieces are always unique.”

Loominus Weaving a New Game

It began with the purchase of a single loom. Twenty-five years later, Marsha Fleisher continues to practice what she refers to as the “meditative art” of weaving. Loominus of Bearsville is a cottage industry owned by a woman, which makes it an emblem of the gutsy and grassroots Hudson Valley community. It sells to over 100 stores, including Barneys New York, which makes it a thriving enterprise. The Route 212 building houses a full showroom of hand bags, scarves, jackets, pillows, and throws of gorgeous colors and textures. A working studio surrounds the showroom. Looms and samples abound. Every day Fleisher and her staff generate something out of nothing: fabric out of air and clothing born from their true creative hearts.

Says Fleisher, “People here are both cosmopolitan and country. They enjoy getting dressed, enjoy the work of color and texture. They are aware of art and fashion, although by moving here, they choose not to play that game. With their sense of taste and tremendous life experience, they appreciate my wearable art.”

Sweet Taste of Freedom
A new fashion game has emerged from our fertile Hudson Valley, and it’s all about originality. The shoes on my feet, the bracelets at my wrist, the shade of my hair, and the threads across my back are all indications of who I am and who I can be. This former Connecticut girl, victim of uptight cookie-cutter fashion, seems to have escaped the bully of Mall America.

May my scarves and my stockings forever clash in an enticing manner that is thoroughly me. May your blouse wrinkle in perfect line with your character, not perfect but perfect just the same. And may we all prevail in our thread-by-thread escape from the dictates of fashion conformity.

Frida Kahlo necklace from Hotcakes Design, at Jewel in Woodstock. - JENNIFER MAY
  • Jennifer May
  • Frida Kahlo necklace from Hotcakes Design, at Jewel in Woodstock.
Tsonga sandal at Pegasus in New Paltz. - JENNIFER MAY
  • Jennifer May
  • Tsonga sandal at Pegasus in New Paltz.
Handwoven chenille jacket at Loominus Handwovens. - JENNIFER MAY
  • Jennifer May
  • Handwoven chenille jacket at Loominus Handwovens.
Handcrafted jewelry at Shelley K in Saugerties: oxidized sterling and sapphire and diamond rings by Billy Van Bakker; rings by Klaus Burgel (top); and gold rings by Barbara Zucker (center). - JENNIFER MAY
  • Jennifer May
  • Handcrafted jewelry at Shelley K in Saugerties: oxidized sterling and sapphire and diamond rings by Billy Van Bakker; rings by Klaus Burgel (top); and gold rings by Barbara Zucker (center).

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