For Hathaway Hutton designer Jen Risk, the reward is creating the Main Line’s most coveted handbags. “These days, luxury has less to do with money than it does with uniqueness,” says the Main Line’s Jen Risk. She’s the creative visionary behind Hathaway Hutton (hathawayhutton.com), the buzzy online boutique that repurposes vintage designer wares using paint, patches or anything else that strikes Risk’s fancy. “Anyone can own the same Louis Vuitton. Luxury in its truest form is having a piece that is custom made just for you.” After discovering the magic of a great Main Line thrift store in her teens (“I’d buy enormous vintage T-shirts at the Junior League thrift and sew them into baby tees. I still have them, and they’re still a vibe”), Risk has since spent her career reworking standard designs to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. And her upcoming spring collection launching March 1 is a real treat for the eyes. “For this collection, I was totally inspired by the 1980s. I’m an ’80s baby and love the cheeky mix the decade evokes. The whimsy of Laura Ashley mixed with the hot neon color palette of Freezy Freakies—what’s not to adore? I sourced the discontinued and impossible-to-find Liberty Magic Mushroom fabric, and have painted playful bows, iconic nostalgia and everyone’s favorite Stealie.” But be sure to get a move on—her last collection sold out in mere hours.
Photography by: LEILA MURPHY, LEILAMURPHY.COM