Jane Round is an awesome designer and we have her exclusive collection.

I wanted to share with my own readers a little bit about Hello Holiday’s first emerging designer, Jane Round.

I met Jane through Omaha Fashion Week where she first debuted her work on the runway at age 15. Now she’s flown the coop from her beautiful home in the scenic woodlands west of Omaha and is studying fashion design at FIT in New York City. I visited her often over the summer at her well-outfitted studio just down the hall from her parents’ bedroom discussing the line she designed exclusively for Hello Holiday, advising fabric choices, and checking in on progress. The work she created–six original pieces designed to dress up or down, wash in your own machine, and last for years–couldn’t be more representative of Jane’s aesthetic of easy-to-wear vintage-inspired glamor, or her carefree, easygoing personality. Truly beautiful.


A few of my personal favorites

I encourage you all to check out what she’s designed for us. If you have any questions about the look or fit of a certain piece, we’d be happy to show it on a fit model in your size. We also offer free exchanges on our emerging designer pieces–just return the garment with the included shipping label, and we’ll be sure you get the right size.

Jane is incredibly sharp, talented, and certainly one to watch in the fashion world. I’m excited to have had the chance to work with her.

xx

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Awful things
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