Nov 26, 2013
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Style & Design

Jewelry Trunk Show Brings Small Business Saturday Sparkle to One Connecticut Village

Jewelry Trunk Show Brings Small Business Saturday Sparkle to One Connecticut Village

Designs by Jody Lyons.


If you’re not a shopping bot, but you do like the finer things in life and want to bless loved ones with unique high-style holiday gifts this year, get ready for some balm to heal the hangover of Black Friday.

It will come in a singular Connecticut locale—what other village can claim its own waterfall?—this Saturday, Nov. 30, which is Small Business Saturday, a promotion meant to drive holiday shoppers toward small and independent businesses to balance the retail feast enjoyed by the big box and other major retailers on the day after Thanksgiving.

In Connecticut, one of the best venues this year for Small Business Saturday is the tiny village of New Preston in the town of Washington, nestled against Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield Hills.

New Preston is home to a collection of stylish and sophisticated shops, and dining venues, and while its major holiday event takes place in the form of The Fifth Annual New Preston Winter Stroll on Dec. 7, this Saturday brings a trunk show to the shop D.K. Schulman, featuring the jewelry of designer Jody Lyons, who will be on hand to mingle with visitors.

And just doors away at Privet House, the private sale continues of handbags and other leather goods designed by Lambertson Truex, whose partners, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, were most recently the executives in charge of rebranding the leather goods line for Tiffany & Co.

See our story on the Lamberston Truex private sale

And the story on New Preston as a luxe shopping haven

Jody Lyons inadvertently began Joli Jewelry in 1984 as an undergraduate in marketing at New York University, D.K. Schulman says in a release. “She decided to replace some lost costume jewelry by creating her own out of old buttons and trimmings. While wearing her creations, local boutique owners encouraged her to design her own line.” 

Influenced early on by the stylish and artistic women in her family who passionately loved wearing unusual jewelry, her appreciation of all things vintage developed into a colorful style of eclectic, fun jewelry, says D.K. Schulman, a boutique that offers everything from bespoke special events invitations to home design flourishes.

“Her hope is to bring together components from all over the world and eras to create funky, modern-yet vintage, limited edition pieces,” D.K. Schulman says of Lyons. “Whenever possible the emphasis continues to be in reusing what already exists—valuing the importance of recycling.”

While you’re in New Preston, make plans to return Dec. 7 for The Fifth Annual New Preston Winter Stroll, taking place from 3 to 6 p.m.

The village will be filled with holiday lights, festive window displays and more, there will be drinks and treats in every shop and The Social Gents Club will play an acoustic set at Dawn Hill Antiques.

“The Village of New Preston is one of the most unique places to visit in Litchfield County,” the village’s website declares—without exaggerating. “This walkable historic village is filled with owner-operated fine eateries, and shops run by highly creative local people selling antiques, home design and clothing collections, cookware, stationery, fine wines, garden accessories and books. All in one location!”





Jewelry Trunk Show Brings Small Business Saturday Sparkle to One Connecticut Village

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