JAN’S AC­CENTS

Earthy and so­phis­ti­cated style

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR FASHION - Jody-Anne Lawrence Lifestyle Reporter

JAN­ICE FOR­RESTER never thought of her­self as a cre­ative per­son. She went from cor­po­rate to home­maker, but never once thought that be­ing a de­signer was in the cards for her.

For­rester thinks of her­self as a cre­ative late bloomer, as most of her pro­fes­sional life was spent in the cor­po­rate arena. When she had chil­dren, she de­cided to stay home with them as they be­came her pri­or­ity, and she wanted to make time for them.

“Then they (her chil­dren) made me re­dun­dant, in a sense, when they went to school. While they were at home, you were so busy that you could not think, and af­ter that, you needed some­thing to do. I started de­sign­ing as a hobby,” she told Flair.

She started with cloth­ing, but it was her jew­ellery mak­ing and san­dals that re­ally blos­somed into a busi­ness. She spent sleep­less nights cre­at­ing the pieces just for fun. That was how she dis­cov­ered her pas­sion. She started with bead­ing, un­til she met and fell in love with

me­tals. Now her jew­ellery is made with me­tals, gem­stones, co­conut, leather, wood, and shells as well as glass and other con­tem­po­rary ma­te­rial. She later dab­bled in mak­ing san­dals, and now she is more known for her san­dals than her jew­ellery. Jan’s Ac­cents started in 2011. For­rester de­signs san­dals, jew­ellery and belts, cov­er­ing al­most ev­ery ac­ces­sory a woman could need. She ad­mits that she is mo­ti­vated by see­ing peo­ple looking “smash­ing” in her de­signs. “There is a pro­found spir­i­tual con­nec­tion when I’m cre­at­ing. At those times, I feel very close to God – the Ul­ti­mate Cre­ator. There is a strong sense that I am utilising a God-given gift; it’s like a di­vine down­load takes place,” she explains. She hopes to one day ex­pand with a men’s line, as she has been re­ceiv­ing re­quests. Her favourite pieces to cre­ate are ear­ring-and-bracelet com­bos, “maybe be­cause I like to wear a long, dan­gling ear­ring with a com­ple­ment­ing cuff bracelet to com­plete an ensem­ble,” she told Flair. She hopes to one day ex­port her prod­ucts, but she has al­ready ex­panded,

mov­ing from 11 South Av­enue to her new location on Hope Road. pas­sion ad­vice to fel­low de­sign­ers is: “Don’t do it only for the money. Yes, we all have to eat, but find your and start at that point. Also, fear is the en­emy to cre­ativ­ity. Shake it off and go for it!”

This brass and leather bracelet with a touch of gold and pur­ple is roy­ally gor­geous.

PATRICK PLANTER/ PHOTOGRAPHER

Up­grade your style with this bronze san­dals with gold fo­cal.

It’s all about this Curvy Wrap leather san­dals. If you are into earth tones and looking for the per­fect ac­ces­sories that you can rock all year round, this cop­per ear­rings, cuff bracelet and obi leather belt combo is just for you.

PHO­TOS BY PATRICK PLANTER/ PHOTOGRAPHER

The cre­ative ge­nius be­hind Jan’s Ac­cents – Jan­ice For­rester decked out in her own cre­ations. Earth tones never looked as great as they did in the form of this gold tri­an­gle neck­lace, with match­ing ear­rings and white leather bracelet. Leaf Wrap leather san­dals. This yel­low medal­lion thong san­dals will look great on your feet.

Vic­to­ria Gre­gory steps in con­fi­dence as she em­braces Jan’s Ac­cents.

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