Ladies first

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Ladybird might only be two weeks old, but the Short North boutique has the lived-in feel of a comfortable bedroom trapped in time.

'70s-era photos of owner Allison Jayjack's mother and family are displayed in porcelain and tarnished-metal frames beside shelves of purses, sweaters and necklaces. Worn luggage sets sit by the door, and framed artwork hangs on the wall behind the checkout counter, where Jayjack is usually perched on a tall chair with a heavy sweater across the back.

She opened Ladybird to share her love of vintage clothing and accessories, creating a relaxed space that steers clear of the intimidating feeling of some shops, she said.

The store also offers new clothing - mostly simple basics, some with fun twists like flared, pleated sleeves from Alicia Bell and high-waisted jeans from Freedom of Choice. Most all of it pairs well with the vintage pieces, and Jayjack's happy to provide outfit ideas.

"Almost all of my accessories are vintage, and something special too, like clothing pieces that complement the styles that are going on right now," said Jayjack, who grew up in Dublin and worked for various clothing companies in New York and Chicago before most recently managing Principessa in Grandview.

"When someone comes in, they're going to get a one-of-a-kind piece, whether it's designer or vintage," she added.

For holiday celebrations, Jayjack is pushing what she calls a new "party-proof" dress, a sleeveless, V-neck number in bright teal, made from a raincoat-like material. Furs and beaded jackets are some of her vintage favorites for dressing up, she said.

Ladybird's jewelry and accessories, mostly necklaces and purses, are vintage finds Jayjack picks up at estate sales and antique shops. There's lots of gold-plated chains and chain-link necklaces, carved pendants, colorful baubles, and party purses in beaded or chain-mesh designs.

Scarves and belts from a mix of sources are also out in full force, and Jayjack hopes to add moccasins and flats soon.

Hunting for vintage pieces might be a passion - and now, a job - of Jayjack's, but it's one she definitely has fun with.

"They're just silly, and a bit whimsical," she said, "something that would just add - oh my gosh, I want to think of the best word to describe it - interest, and something different to your outfit."


716 N. High St., Short North