It’s no secret that at Rachel’s Boutique we love jewelry. It’s the perfect way to elevate and personalize any ensemble; what’s not to love? Even more so, Rachel’s is drawn to jewelry that tells a story, a prominent trait of one of our favorite brands, BLO Vintage. Founder and designer Allison Stackpole’s BLO Vintage features accessories that blend artistry, utility, and narrative. Each design carries a story, informed by a token handed down through Allison’s family since the 1960’s: a whistle.
Leaving home for college is an exciting milestone in any young person’s life. Your first taste of independence and all the thrilling, nerve-wracking moments that accompany it. As she embarked on her collegiate journey, Allison’s mother gifted her a whistle as a safety precaution, the gesture made even more meaningful by the fact that it was the same whistle passed down by her mother in 1960. The whistle served as a constant reminder to Allison over the years of the loving bond she shared with her mother and ultimately inspired BLO Vintage.
The spirit of the original whistle undoubtedly guides Allison’s work: Her designs feature variations of whistles, harmonicas and pitch pipes through time and incorporating an array of colors and materials. But here’s what sets Allison’s designs apart: the whistles actually work! Allison’s belief that everyone should have a whistle to feel secure is evident by the whistles’ functionality. But Allison’s dedication to safety doesn’t stop with her designs. BLO Vintage is an ardent supporter of efforts to raise awareness for Campus Safety at universities and colleges across the nation. In this way, Allison continues a familial legacy of providing safety measures to women in their formative college years.
BLO Vintage is one of our favorite brands here at Rachel’s Boutique. The necklaces add a fun, vintage twist to any ensemble and are sure to become a staple statement piece. A broad assortment of unique designs and various colors are the perfect accessory for adding interest to any combination of outfits. Even more than beautiful designs, BLO Vintage creations represent a tangible expression of love, a virtue spanning generations in Allison’s family. Allison continues this tradition by creating beautiful pieces that offer a sense of protection and tell a story. Fusing history, style, and function, BLO Vintage pieces are “beautifully empowering” for the wearer. At Rachel’s Boutique, we are excited to play apart in furthering BLO Vintage’s story and helping you tell yours.
If you are interested in exploring BLO Vintage pieces, please join us at Rachel’s Boutique is for the BLO Vintage Spring Trunk Show on Thursday, April 18th from 2pm-6pm!