Q&A: Jones Sisters Collaborate for CMH Fashion Week

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
The Jones Sisters: Ashleigh, left, and Danielle

There is no mistaking the Jones women are sisters.

Danielle, 29, and Ashleigh, 22-who are two among a brood of seven children-both love color, funky prints, affordable-but-well-made clothing. They can't get enough of The Walking Dead, and their mother inspires them with her selflessness. They love to craft things with their hands, to laugh and to drink Emergen-C when they need a boost. Both work at Tween Brands and have a tattoo of a hat rack-a reminder of their late father, who often advised, "Use your head for more than a hat rack."

At the CMH Fashion Week Finale Runway Show, the two CCAD design grads will combine their passions into a singular collection called Urban Oasis.

"It's fun, it's bold, it's daring," Danielle says. "It kind of comprises all of our characteristics that we love together and separately."

Inspired by the Plumeria flower, they'll show seven resort looks, made up of both menswear and womenswear. Expect bright patterns, classic silhouettes and interesting accessories.

"There's something for every period of the day," Ashleigh says. "Very cool and clean and easy."

The Jones sisters are anxious to present what they hope is the first of many collaborations.

Describe your style.

D: Edgy. Accessories are a must for me. Tons of bracelets. I love rings.

A: Quirky with lots of comfort. I like weird prints. I have this cosmic skirt that I love to wear.

D: I hate that skirt.

A: It's awesome. It's a little skater skirt.

One celebrity you'd love to see in your designs:?

D: Rihanna.

A: Solange Knowles.

D: Yes! I could totally see her wearing our stuff.

Favorite piece from the collection?

D: The long duster. I feel like it's really trending for next year. They have a cool elegance.

A: The guy's jacket. We added some utility details.

Favorite store?

D: Zara and Express.

A: For shoes, Dr. Martens. For apparel, H&M and Express.

Magazine you can't put down?



Designers that inspires you?

D: Cavalli and Balmain.

A: Mary Katrantzou, Clover Canyon and Mara Hoffman.

Favorite hobby?

D: I love to knit. And spending time with my son, Jaeden.

A: Lying in the grass and staring at the clouds with my puppy next to me.

One word to describe your sister?

D: She's a go-getter. She always has a way of thinking of a creative solution.

A: Optimistic. She's always laughing. She's super goofy and silly.