Meet Jenny and Elaine: together they own Antoinette’s Boutique, an online and non-profit store of handmade, vintage jewelry. The Boutique that’s only about a year old is divided into three sections: “handmade,” “vintage,” and “global.” These jewelries are either handmade by Jenny and Elaine themselves, made and sold by other local boutiques or online stores, such as Etsy, or they come from third world countries, which are made by the women there. Despite the fact that the idea of the company was created a year ago, they have created: partnerships with non-profit organizations and other similar jewelry stores, an up-to-date website that channels their vision of French chic-ness, and have already been mention in established publications such as, Teen Vogue, Seventeen magazine, and Pasadena Star News. Oh, and did we mention that they’re only sixteen and eighteen-years-old?
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“Fashion has always been married to technology,” Jinhee Kim said.
To continue celebrating its union, Korean American Harvard grads Kim and Sarah Paiji developed a new iphone application, Snapette, aimed for the “Snap-Happy Fashionista.”
Kim and Paiji designed the app to create a companion-style application that is location-based and mobile. Snapette is the first app that lets you share and browse the hottest shoes and bags near your current location right from your phone. Searches can be done by brand, store, or description. Snapette allows users to simply snap photos of bags and shoes from their favorite stores and share them amongst other like-minded Fashionistas– like window shopping right from your phone!
If you want to browse styles and trends overseas, Snapette also allows users to browse what other viewers are posting from around the world. With each application, users are given their own “virtual closet” displaying what they’ve snapped, Like and Want, and the ability to share their closets over Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Audrey Mag had a chat with Kim and Paiji about Snapette, being female entrepreneurs, breaking out of the stable Asian American stereotype and fashion.