Jenni Avins

Author archive, Quartz

Click here for a link to Jenni’s author archive at Quartz, the Atlantic’s global business site.
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Reviving the General Store, for the Wall Street Journal

< There’s nothing generic about the new general store. “We felt like a certain quality, craftsmanship and timeless feel would be more than enough to unify the things we carry,” said Charlotte Bonner, who opened the Trove General Store in Paoli, Pa., with her mother, Molly Brandolini, and fiancé, Foster Zeh, in 2010. “That was more important to us than just saying,...
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Marina Abramovic Loves Face Lasers, James Franco, for the Cut

Last night at the CFDA Awards, artist Marina Abramovic showed up wearing a Givenchy athletic jersey with the word favelas and the number 74 (designer Riccardo Tisci‘s birth year) printed across the front along with intense leather opera gloves that would’ve likely withered had it kept raining. As celebrities streamed along the red carpet outside Alice Tully Hall, Abramovic...
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VICE: De Nimes, the Long Journey of Blue Jeans

DE NIMES THE LONG JOURNEY OF BLUE JEANS By Jenni Avins   A farmer shows off his trusty blue jeans in Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940. Photo courtesy of Russell Lee/Library of Congress Before we had low-rise, straight-leg, skinny, selvage, stretchy, resin-coated, lotion-infused, or mom jeans, there was simply jean—the fabric. The name likely originated from gênes, referring to Genoa, Italy,...
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The Night I Ate Raccoon, Bobcat, and Coyote with Baron Ambrosia, for First We Feast

To wake up the morning after the Bronx Pipe Smoking Society Small Game Dinner is to have a very special sort of hangover. It’s not just the primal thirst and protein sweats one might expect from pipe smoking and small game. It is a barrage of inescapable, visceral memories that mingle with one’s dreams, as if the evening’s host, Baron Ambrosia (the creation and alter-ego of filmmaker...
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Contributor, New York Magazine

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Tuck It All in There, for VICE

FETISHIZING THE LATEX DREAM IN THE BRAZILIAN RAINFOREST Jenni tries on Fetisso’s best-selling gloves in the factory’s stockroom. Sometime in the mid-1960s, near the small Swiss town of Vordemwald, little Willi Graber was playing by himself on his grandparents’ farm. He wandered into the kitchen, where something in a basket of old clothes caught his eye: a pair of yellow latex kitchen...
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Free Range Fur, for VICE

FREE RANGE FUR: IS IT STILL MURDER IF YOU TRAP IT, SKIN IT, AND SEW IT YOURSELF? By Jenni Avins Photos by Dustin Fenstermacher Coming face-to-face—actually, face-to-exposed-leg-muscle—with the half-skinned fox. That’s Larry laughing in the bacakground. Years ago, I worked for a fashion designer who had a penchant for fur dyed in bold colors that ranged from acid-green to plum. Most of...
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He Kills It: On the hunt with a local muskrat trapper, for New York Magazine

For New York Magazine, Jan. 8, 2012   A south Jersey marsh in a December drizzle isn’t pleasant. It’s gray. And there’s a great deal of mud. But with a guide like John Zander—all strong shoulders and Boy Scout manners—the salty morning breeze has a measure of charm. Zander is steering an outboard motor­boat across the creeks of the Cohansey River, raindrops beading on...
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Yvon Chouinard: Cat Food, Climbing and Commitment

for TakePart.com: Wednesday, at the Sustainable Textiles Conference in New York, Yvon Chouinard, founder of outdoor super-brand Patagonia, told industry insiders from brands like Nike, H&M and Eileen Fisher that he never wanted to be a businessman, and remembered leaner days as a young alpinist. “I used to eat cat food,” he said. “That’s all I could afford to eat. I’d go to the...
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