Fashion Design Start-up Jenne Rayburn Showcases Leather Clutches and Couture Handbags this October at the Boston SoWa Open Market

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Available Fall 2012 at SoWa, Jenne Rayburn’s Accessories Collection, Manu, includes a unique selection of sophisticated handbag designs suitable for any Fall wardrobe.

Leather Clutch Handbags by Jenne Rayburn

Leather Clutch Handbags by Jenne Rayburn

Each design is thoughtfully pieced together and embellished, and is totally unique.

Jenne Rayburn Handcrafted Jewelry and Wearable Art, a Boston based designer, presents her textile and handbag collection, Manu, at the SoWa Open Market this October 2012. 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. At SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, glass, and custom framed art.

Jenne Rayburn’s accessories collection, Manu, includes handbags that are suitable for any fall wardrobe. The selection ranges from hard-to-find vintage and ethnic fabrics, to designer leather, which are combined with vintage and Italian hardware, buttons and handles. Each fabric, handle and embellishment is selected with attention to detail, quality and individuality. Featuring bold shades of burgundy, bright blues, pinks and gold, this fall’s brilliant palette completes any fall outfit for the professional woman, the fashion maven or those who are simply casual-chic. With thoughtful design touches and by combining the finest fabrics, leathers and superior craftsmanship, Jenne Rayburn creates a unique selection of sophisticated handbag designs.

An avid traveler, Jenne has lived abroad and she travels extensively, scouring local and global markets, auctions, and galleries for eye-catching finds. Antique artifacts picked up from her travels around the world, including rhinestones, cut-steel buckles, antique buttons and sequins, and silk fringe and tassels, are often featured on the one-of-a-kind handbags. “Wherever I go I am always on the hunt for local fashion, handcrafts and vintage treasures,” said Rayburn. “Back in the studio, each design is thoughtfully pieced together and embellished, and is totally unique because no two fabrics in my collection are alike.” From vintage and handmade saris, to kimonos, obis and uchikakes; Victorian trims, dresses and wedding sashes, to wall hangings and drapery, and ethnic and folk costumes dating back to the 1800s, Jenne has gathered her collection from far away places such as India, Japan, Turkey, Morocco, Russia and Mexico.

Known as the place to view and buy the very best in local crafts, at the SoWa Open Market locals and visitors alike can enjoy a shopping experience like no other in Boston. Showcasing an ever-changing group of local and regional artisans not usually represented at local craft fairs and festivals, you will meet the artists, designers, chefs and farmers behind the work. Venders pitch their tents in the parking lot between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street. Several food trucks also serve the market, and a separate farmers’ market sells seasonal produce. The SoWa Vintage market is next door where a carefully curated selection of antiques and collectibles are available. Each week offers shoppers something different and unique including original art of all mediums, gourmet food trucks, indie designer clothing and accessories, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry, handbags, house wares, baked goods, local farmer’s produce – you won’t want to miss it!

SoWa Vintage and Open Markets are at 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 800-403-8305
Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based jewelry/textile artist who also studied interior design and architecture, and her work explores the convergence of architecture, design, technique and identity. Jenne is known for her designs combining vintage textiles, findings and components, with contemporary textile design. A graduate of the University of Washington where she studied metalsmithing and fiber arts, and of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a MS in Design, Jenne has been designing jewelry and accessories for over 20 years. Perpetual curiosity and a passion for experimentation resulted in her first jewelry collection made from etched copper and brilliantly colored enamel. Since then, Jenne has created six unique collections of jewelry and fashion accessories that combine careful workmanship with unique materials and designs. It is her hope that the wearers of her pieces will find joy in a delightful artistic statement, and also something that enhances their individuality and confidence. Her work is carried in local galleries and online. Please visit for Jenne Rayburn’s online flagship store. For wholesale information, please visit

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