In certain cultures it is said that ownership of an evil eye amulet helps to ward off or turn away harm. This belief is the inspiration that Jennifer Mehalko, designer and founder of Parts + Labor, instills in us through her designs. The evil eye makes it’s debut in Parts + Labor’s first full collection called heart-work and we believe this amulet serves “as a catalyst for something so much bigger than the tangible”. We feel Jennifer’s energy while wearing her clothes, and her message via her capsule collection (we assume) goes something like this: to ward off evil or create confidence in the bodies that wear her clothes and to empower the individuals who dare to challenge the status quo. This is not a direct quote nor words from the designers mouth, but I met her one summer night and it felt like catching up with an old friend. Therefore I can put words into her mouth, right? I quickly came to know not only is Jennifer THE sweetest human being but her energy is wholesome and leaves you feeling positive and empowered. That is exactly how I felt wearing her clothes. Case in point this Wild Feminist Bomber.
Kayla and I did a bit of flipping and reversing of our Parts + Labor pieces (You can catch Kayla’s outfit next week). Something that both myself and NEAT enjoy is having unique pieces that we are able to wear and style in different ways. Which is why I am wearing my bomber jacket with a pair of long ass sequin pants…and inside out.
Bombers quickly became the go-to essential outerwear and they don’t intend on going anywhere soon. This bomber in particular though, makes waves and statements. Whether it’s the bold Wild Feminist badge of honor or the pop art cartoon with tender, love confessions, both sides are BA AF. (Bad-ass as fuck for those inquiring)
Jennifer, thank you SO much for everything – for your remarkable designs, your bold inspiration and your contagious positivity. We heart your heart-work collection! Tune in for these next few weeks where we feature more of her incredible work from this inspiring new line.
Write up by Julie from Style by JR
Photos by Kayla Browne