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ShopTalk: Ginger & Jade

by Kate Franco on May 13, 2010 · 7 comments


Welcome! The first interview of the NEW&IMPROVED shoptalk series is with Mendenhall Schroeder, the talented designer behind Ginger & Jade. Mendenhall has designed jewelry for over six years. Her mission is to share her passion for travel & new cultures through her jewelry & inspire others to reach outside their everyday world. Each necklace is one of a kind, handmade in her San Francisco studio.


 We had a chance to sit down and chat:

Where do you live?
Studio Apt in San Francisco

Where is your favorite place to go in your city?
Sundance Kabuki Theater :)  I love going to movies and they let you pick your seat from home and drink wine during the movie!

What can’t you leave home without?
Smith’s lip balm in minted rose – I’m addicted

What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
I’m an opportunistic thrill seeker- I seem to fall into sky diving, bungee jumping & SCUBA diving!


Who are your favorite artists?
Patrick Mukabi, a Kenyan artist who paints African women in their everyday lives. I’m planning to buy one of his pieces (a non-naked one) when we go back to Kenya. I also want something by Will McCoy, a local artist who is a huge advocate of Burma. He prints his photos on large canvases stretched over wooden frames. And Michelle Mansour, also a local artist who helps run Root Division in SF. I have a piece from her 2008 collection.

Favorite film?
All versions of Pride & Prejudice and anything with Johnny Depp.

Fill in the Blank:
I feel my best when I’m wearing boots.


Any guilty pleasures we should know about?
I take a bath every morning before work!

What’s sitting on your coffee table right now? 
Molasses cookies & whole milk.

If you could choose any celebrity to wear your designs, who would it be?
Audrey Tautou– she can pull off both cute & sexy.

What motivates you?
Good food & compliments.

Coin a phrase to describe your style.
Drama student meets southern prep school.

Drama student meets southern prep school, love it…don’t you guys? Menden, thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for an AWESOME giveaway next week, an exclusive from Ginger & Jade!