Alums who do cool things: Chloe Swirsky ‘11.5

There are really cool clothes in JWW! I don’t know about you, but every time I see hamster jackets and high end designer bags on sale, I get a little bit excited… After graduating from Brown this past January, Chloe Swirsky ‘11.5 founded Crystal Cat on Etsy, an online shopping platform for vintage and handmade items. These clothes are both fashion forward — or backward, depending on how you look at vintage apparel — and consumer friendly. Don’t worry, no musty grandpa cardigans here (if you want those, check out what Macklemore has to say). Chloe sells high quality winter coats, scarves, bags, and shoes, ranging between thirty and sixty dollars. You might be thinking, “But Caitlin, everything at Salvation Army is under ten, why don’t you just go there?” Well, these clothes don’t smell bad, and they’re way trendier than anything you could find at Salvation Army.

Let’s go over some more reasons why you should support Chloe Swirsky besides the fact that she will infinitely enhance your wardrobe:

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Meanwhile, at RISD…

Etsy announced today that it would grant $300 fellowships “to two of the most promising Etsy shops coming out of the RISD community.” The idea for this prize came from a conference called RISD Entrepreneur Mindshare  that took place last November — at this conference, guest speakers from creative businesses shared their experiences with RISD students and provided insight on how to succeed in the creative industries.

Vanessa Bertozzi, the Director of Community and Education at Etsy, spoke at the conference back in November. She noticed incredible interest from young artists in creative businesses and decided to team up with RISD showcase students’ most “promising” Etsy shops.

The recipients of this award were Matt Vidalis and Deborah Fulop, both from the illustration department, and Michelle Hur, a jewelry and metalsmithing student. Check out their shops and support local art from down the Hill! Who knows, you might find a good belated Valentine’s Day gift…