Jen Utley

Jen is a true Seattleite: a lover of rain, music, and flannel. While the Northwest is her home, her love of language has taken her abroad enough to find a home in travel as well—she has lived in Madrid, Barcelona, and has traveled solo from the southernmost tip of Chile to the Northern borders of Peru. With a background that converges her love of music, art, and fashion, Jen's involvement in Vanguard began because of a mutual frustration of the disconnectedness of these communities in Seattle. Creating community is paramount to Jen (who also developed and runs Project Girl Crush, a forum that profiles inspiring women), and her monthly column for Vanguard, The Style Fold, seeks to close that same disparity by getting to the root of personal expression through fashion.