Allison Jayjack: Dublin native opens vintage shop, Ladybird
By Leigh Brock
Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Short North added another boutique to its list of storefront shops when Ladybird opened its doors for the first time Saturday night.
“I’ve been around retail all my life,” said Allison Jayjack, 26, the owner and creator of Ladybird who is eager to share her sophisticated vintage style with the fashion forward of Columbus.
Jayjack’s love for fashion and all things vintage began at a young age and has inspired both the decor and the collection at Ladybird. The store is thoughtfully staged with displays, artwork and vintage books and photographs – many of which are original family prints.
After graduating from Marshall University with a degree in fashion merchandising, Jayjack, a Dublin native, spent time in New York City before joining Abercrombie, where she opened new stores in Toronto. After returning to Columbus, Jayjack worked and sold jewelry to Grandview’s Principessa.
While clothing from upscale designers such as Susana Monaco, Built By Wendy and Charlotte Ronson are a large part of Ladybird’s inventory, the heart of Ladybird is its vintage jewelry, accessories and bits of clothing.
“I have always loved vintage jewelry,” Jayjack said. “My grandmother has boxes upon boxes of it and I was always obsessed with it.”
Jayjack first started selling her redesigned vintage jewelry at parties and local boutiques, including Ivy Hill, which occupied the space before moving to St. Louis, Mo.
The boutique boasts a diverse inventory that includes Alternative Orange Label tees, BLVD signature handbags, vintage jewelry and many lines that cannot be found anywhere else in Columbus, Jayjack said.
Because items range from $15 vintage scarves to $370 For Joseph leather jackets, shopping at Ladybird can be a treat even for shoppers on a budget.
Ladybird is located at 716 N. High St., between Jeni’s Ice Creams and Rowe and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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