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GARLAND COLLECTION. What do Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? All have worn made-to-order jewelry designed by Nicole (Mann) Novick ’00, proprietor of Garland Collection. An L.A. Magazine style writer whom Elle called a “cult West Coast jeweler,” Novick got her start when people noticed the throwback name-plate pendant she created for her first wedding anniversary. Now a Long Island resident, Novick named her company after the Garland side of her family, including her Business Week White House correspondent aunt, Susan Garland ’73, one of the first 11 women to graduate from Colgate. “I went to Colgate because I admired her,” Novick said. Novick’s baubles, in solid 14k or 18k gold and some with personalized engraving, range from her sentimental signature pendant to “jingle-jangle” charms to signet rings. garlandcollection.com; $300 and up

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Made for TV: Novick’s first job out of Colgate was at a Manhattan law firm representing Hermès. She found herself prowling Chinatown undercover to find counterfeit merch, all while wearing a wire.

PERSIFOR. When Persifor Frazer Smith IV boarded a ship dressed head to toe in white with his chic wife decked out in a wide-brimmed hat, clutch, and scalloped-edged gloves, grand travel was at its height. You’ll find a current take on that at Persifor, the brainchild of Alexandra (Rice) Thompson ’02, the couple’s granddaughter. “I saw a niche for wrinkleresistant, packable clothing,” said Thompson, a former designer and merchandiser at J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer. “These clothes are classic and clean with a sense of joie de vivre. You can put on one of our items and run out the door.” persifor.com; dresses, separates, accessories; $38 and up

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Autumn Scene 2017  
Autumn Scene 2017  

The Scene is published by Colgate University four times a year — in autumn, winter, spring, and summer.