Jill Biden wears bracelet made by designer from South Carolina | State and region


FILE – In this September 15, 2021 file photo, First Lady Jill Biden waves before boarding a plane at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Biden often favors designs made by independent American designers. It’s a fashion philosophy similar to that of former first lady Michelle Obama, who repeatedly championed young American designers during her time in the White House.

Evelyne Hockstein


CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – When Natalie Holst saw the reflection of gold, her hands started to shake.

It was September 18, and the designer had just passed security checks at Charleston International Airport. She was on her way to New York, America’s fashion capital, but now she was on her iPhone, staring wide at the screen as she waited to take off.

“I think it’s my bracelet,” she said to herself.

But she needed to see better. There had been other close calls, more gold bracelets. She needed to know if she had just accessorized the First Lady of the United States.

It had been months since Holst had received an email sending his Charleston-based jewelry studio Holst + Lee in a silent frenzy.

A New York customer, whom Holst declined to identify in an interview, had reached out because he wanted to purchase the classic all-gold mesh bracelet.

No surprise there, Holst said of the $ 125 bracelet. It is one of their bestsellers. But the customer also sent a note.

They admitted that this order was not for them. It was a gift for First Lady Jill Biden.

“I didn’t want to spoil anything in any way,” said Holst, 42.

And so, after a bit of back and forth, Holst shipped the order.


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