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Winter 2011
Fashionology adds chic handmade goods
Marist Fashion students were awarded the prestigious YMA Fashion
Scholarship, which comes with a $5,000 prize, an invitation to a banquet in January
2011, and a chance to compete for a $25,000 scholarship. The winners this year are
Emily Banas, Meghan Crane, Samantha Duke and Grace Buckley.
The Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-proft association consisting of
infuential members of the fashion community, dedicated to promoting education
of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and
facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs.
FSF’s goal is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enter-
prising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and
business so the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative
Several faculty members of the fashion department will be traveling to Hong
Kong to visit Hong Kong Polytech to try and set up a capsule program and/or se-
mester abroad in fashion design and merchandising this spring semester.
Fashionology, the student-run boutique at Marist, has
always been known for selling fun and stylish accessories.
This year, the boutique has decided to do things with a
much more local approach, by featuring products designed
and handmade by students. Some of the most eye-catch-
ing and popular jewelry at Fashionology this fall is made by
Ariel Munzer.
Munzer, ‘11, a fashion merchandise major, started making
jewelry six years ago as a hobby with the hopes of being
able to play up her drab work uniform by accessorizing it
with fun, bright jewelry. She has now turned that hobby
into a moneymaking business she named Pistol Haute.
“I was always a crafty kid who threw on cheap, plastic cos-
tume jewelry,” Munzer said, “Once I started making my own
jewelry, it was just for fun. However, people started asking
me to make them pieces and I realized I should probably
begin to sell it.”
Munzer understands how it is for many young women to
want a piece of jewelry that they cannot aford. This is the
inspiration that defnes Pistol Haute.
“I am constantly fipping through magazines and seeing
pieces of jewelry that I can’t aford,” Munzer said, “I’ll make
the piece instead and sell it at an afordable price.”
It’s no wonder why Munzer’s jewelry has appealed to so
many. The collection has an eclectic Betsey Johnson look
with much more attractive price tags ranging from $12 to
$40. Fashionology associate Kira Kazamatsuri feels that
Pistol Haute has drawn in new customers to the boutique.
“Ariel’s jewelry has a really unique and quirky sense of style
that is easily identifable and that’s part of the reason people
are so drawn to it, ” Kazamatsuri, ”They know that what they
are buying is handmade and a one-of-a-kind original. They
are always the frst pieces to go.”
As much as the young women at Marist are grateful for
Munzer’s jewelry, she is just as grateful to those who love
and purchase her pieces.
For life after Fashionology and Marist, Munzer hopes to
open a small boutique for her jewelry and run it as a fam-
ily business. Until then, she’ll continue to make pieces for
Fashionology to keep Marist students looking chic.
has saved me in
regards of being a
jewelry designer,
but not only in the
money making
sense, ” Munzer
said, ” I am most
fattered when
people recognize
my jewelry and tell
me how much they
love it.”
photo by Leanna Brittis, ‘12