The Map Collection is designed to commemorate the moments in our customers’ lives that have defined them in some way and the milestones that have made them into the people they are today.
One of my favorite things about licensing the Map Collection to A.JAFFE is our charm bracelet. So many people used to tell me, “I have so many places that I want to map. How do I choose between them all?” Now, with the help of A.JAFFE, you don’t have to!
Keep reading to hear all about my charm bracelet and the different places it represents.
1. Forest Acres Camp
My first charm is my summer camp, Forest Acres. Forest Acres is the first place that really formed me. It was a place I learned about myself, established a sense of independence, and found that I could be a leader, regardless of what happened during the school year. I went to summer camp for years, including those questionable middle school years, where you are self-conscious and unsure of yourself. Those are the very years, that are most important in terms of establishing a sense of self, a strong one, that can get you through September through June.
“From the house that built me,” is engraved on the other side of this charm. In all honesty, besides the occasional summer vacation or spring break, I actually never lived there, really. My parents moved into this house the summer before I went to boarding school, but with that said, there’s no place that feels more like home. First, I love this house. It’s beautiful, perfect for entertaining, and it’s the place I think of when I’m stressed out and need to recollect my thoughts. There’s nothing that rejuvenates me more than a weekend at home, eating my favorite foods, going for a long run, and being with my family… Even to this day.
3. The Kent School
From an early age, I loved being independent, beating to my own drum. In middle school, I decided that I wanted to go to boarding school. I hired my own SSAT tutor off the Internet from the comfort of a colorful iMac. I called each school. I sent away for information. I researched. I called each school to schedule interviews. I walked downstairs before dinner one night, and I told my mom which days I wouldn’t be able to attend middle school.
“And why won’t you be able to go to school, may I ask?”
“Because I have boarding school interviews, of course.”
The list got refined from there. The Cate School in California (they have windsurfing!) was quickly nixed. So were the the schools in New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and, well, pretty much every state except for Connecticut and Rhode Island.
I ended up attending The Kent School in Kent, Connecticut.
Kent is by far the most beautiful campus, college or otherwise, that I’ve ever visited. I’m proud to say that I’m a Kent alumna, because of the people in my company. Out of every boarding school, the most interesting people come out of Kent. They are the creative, unique adults that you would want to sit next to at a dinner party. My dinner party consists of Lana Del Rey, KT Tunstall, Lauren Santo Domingo (founder of Moda Operandi), three-time Emmy Award winner Frank Celenza of Frankie Cooks, fellow jewelry designer Paola van der Hulst… The list goes on of people that I’m proud to know.
Some of the best friends I have in life came out of late nights at Kent, because we really grew up together. We became the people we are today, together. We grew up more like sisters than friends, and they are relationships that I’m proud to have.
Since, again, Kent is the prettiest school I’ve ever been to, I decided that I didn’t need a campus for college. I ended up attending NYU, and I wouldn’t have graduated from anywhere else. I had incredible opportunities at NYU. I interned every semester, from fashion designers like Erin Fetherston to jewelry designers such as Lisa K. and Rachel Leigh. I wanted to learn how the industry worked as a whole, which led to internships in the PR department of YSL (now Saint Laurent) to the buying office of Bergdorf Goodman in fine & designer jewelry.
Inside the classroom, I went to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where I took most of my classes at the Stern School of Business, supplementing my coursework with tutorials and independent studies with Parsons & FIT professors.
5. Study Abroad: Paris, France
Diana Vreeland once said, “The first thing to do, my love, is to arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally.”
I may not have arranged accordingly, but while at NYU, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Paris. I lived on a street called Rue de Monttessuy, which is located one block away from the Eiffel Tower and on the same street as three Michelin Star-rated restaurants.
On that street, I made all of my best friends from college. One of my closest friends from college, who subsequently introduced me to all of my college friends through the next semester, lived two doors down from me.
Bottles of wine cheaper than water, baguettes that never made you gain a pound, to late night dance parties on the Seine, there was never a day that went by where I wasn’t grateful for everything I had in Paris.
6. Three Jane
On the reverse side of this charm, it says, “Let’s get lost in imaginary places.” As you might know, Jane Street skips from one to five, so three is this imaginary space that works in conjunction with the Map Collection, in that you can take any place and make it your own.
Having Three Jane, helped define me as a person. I have been growing with Three Jane since November 2012. I have gone through insane times where I couldn’t keep up with the product. Times where I was confused about what to do next, especially after licensing 90% of my business to A.JAFFE. I’ve gone through the highest highs and some low lows as well, but the thing that never has changed is my love of Three Jane.
Jane Street has more published authors living there per capita than any other street in the world, and one walk down it, you know why. When I pass by any townhouse on the street, I imagine the lives behind those walls: The dinner parties, the conversations, the art work to the moldings.
I’ve had the opportunity to think a lot about what I want Three Jane to be within the past few months, and a lot of changes are about to take place, so stay tuned as we continue to grow and develop Three Jane!
What are the places that mean the most to you? Tell us in the comments or better yet, map your own on ajaffe.com. #MapYourMoment