FENNOfashion founder tackles many roles

Megan Fenno doesn’t just have a radio spot, a jewelry business and a running writing gig with the CincySavers website. She also has a few tips for women looking to stay on trend this fall.

“Anything that’s glitzy and has a shine to it, that’s really popular right now,” she says, noting that sparkly rhinestones are trendy. Color blocking with deep hues such as navy or burgundy set against brighter accents (think bright yellow), she says, is also popular this fall.

A Cincinnati native, Fenno moved to Tallahassee, Fla., as a teen, then attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. She moved to Austin, Texas, after graduation, where she launched, FENNOfashion, which features vintage-inspired necklaces, bracelets and jewelry. “I loved Texas, but nowhere is home like Cincinnati,” she says.

Her collection this season highlights a few of her own favorite design elements, especially a vintage “found” look, and antiqued gold. Fenno says that sites like Pinterest have led to such a surge in popularity of stacked bracelets, sometimes cheekily called “arm candy,” that she’s having trouble keeping them in stock.

As much as Fenno is an accessories designer, she’s also something of a free spirit, and encourages others with creative startups to resist the urge to plan each step, or stick rigidly to a business plan.

“Five years ago, I had no idea that I’d be back in Cincy working on my favorite radio station, but that all derived from starting my own business," she says. "It’s OK. Opportunities present themselves throughout your business career that you can’t predict.”

By Robin Donovan

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