How To Do Things With Words

Incorporating text in clothing and accessories is always a bit risky. House of Holland t-shirts are cool, but then you're going to have to deal with
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Incorporating text in clothing and accessories is always a bit risky. House of Holland t-shirts are cool, but then you're going to have to deal with
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Incorporating text in clothing and accessories is always a bit risky. House of Holland t-shirts are cool, but then you're going to have to deal with (fashion-ignorant) people asking you what your shirt means all day long. And then there's jewelry that says stuff on it. A lot of times, this means an uninspired design with the sole purpose of conveying an inspirational message (often yoga-related), some pseudo-cheeky label (i.e. "Diva," "Bitch," etc.), your astrological sign, or your name. But let's face it: If people wanted to know your name or your sign, they'd ask you. If they were curious to find out if you were a diva or a bitch, they'd date you. And if they wanted to relax and think about mantras, they'd do yoga. Against all odds, jewelry designer Jeanine Payer has perfected the fine art of using text in rings, necklaces, and bracelets without being annoying. The key to this trick is that the pieces are already beautifully designed and the words are engraved in tiny handwritten letters so the phrase can be a secret message from you to yourself. Also - she actually reads books, and the phrases on the jewelry come from Comp. Lit grad student faves like Proust, Goethe, Rilke, and Akhmatova! --ALISON COOL