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Jenny Milne

November 30, 2011

Jenny Milne

Introduction by Sara Downey @downey_robinson

Full disclosure: Jenny Milne is a friend of mine. That said I’m about to make a bold statement: the independent fashion design scene in Denver would be the esoteric winter of my discontent without her latest line, billie & honey.

Inspired by her two fiercely independent and spirited grandmothers, her designs mix feminine details with strong, bold elements to make women’s clothing as beautiful as the woman wearing it. And seriously, what woman buys any frock without at least the slightest hope that it will make her feel beautiful? With all of Jenny’s designs she finds a way to emphasize the strength of femininity with a playful whimsy. Her sleeker designs are reminiscent of a fantasy world where all things woman—curves, softness, strength and beauty— rule.


Merging unique perspectives with her technical training in fine tailoring, costume construction, and pattern-making is at the heart of her work. She features interesting combinations of color, texture, pattern, elements of architecture, and quality craftsmanship. The woman is also committed to using second market, reclaimed and vintage materials as often as possible in her women’s clothing line, as well as in her accessory and handbag line, Killer Honey.

Yeah, swoon.

Fashion and ethics? Want to cyber stalk her, visit her website. Do it. You’ll have the biggest lady crush ever.

billie & honey are featured in the Stranded Jewelry trunk show on December 4 from 11am-3pm at Denver’s Illiterate Gallery, 82 South Broadway. Be ready to swoon.

1. What is your hometown?

D.C. Austin, Texas. Denver, Colorado

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

James and the Giant Peach

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Someone who can really pull off a fake mustache.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Everyday objects

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

“The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin. I love reading about other creative entrepreneurs. Their personal stories help keep me motivated & on task. I am easily distracted. I also read a lot of crafty & artsy blogs. Personally: “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez & “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Podcast: This American Life. Music: PJ Harvey, Carolina Chocolate Drops, tUnE-YarDs

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Most of them. I’m a sucker.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Cats all the way. But I have two dogs.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Telling the truth in a kind way.

10. How do you define sin?

Not enjoying a moment.

11. How do you define virtue?

Being honest with yourself & others, openness & flexibility.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I’d rather become ash so I can float around on the wind.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Roald Dahl, Miranda July & my Grandmother Honey Fay Knopp whom I never had the pleasure of meeting.

billie & honey

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