Jessica Keltner |

Jessica Keltner

Caramie Schnell

Jessica Keltner has taken her love of dressing funky one step further. She’s now designing her own clothes – emblazoning hats, shirts, dresses, bathing suits and booty shorts with hand-stitched designs and hand-placed Swarovski crystals. She put on her first fashion show back in October and when The Trail talked to her this week, she was busy preparing for her second show, set to take place Dec. 7 at Samana Lounge in Vail from 8 – 10 p.m. If the Battle Mountain High School graduate had her druthers, she’ll one day see her creations splashed in boutiques across the U.S. and gracing the bodies of famous celebrities.

Oh gosh, that’s tough. I call my boss ‘doofus,’ I like that word.

I changed around a lot. I was the popular girl, then all my friends left and I was the loser. Then I was the stoner. I graduated a year early, I’m not smart or anything, but I got out of school early. Let’s just say I was everyone’s friend. I didn’t really have a group of friends I hung out with every day.

I was at a big soccer function and I came out of the bathroom and was dragging toilet paper out of my pants, it was dragging on the floor. It was like a roll. That’s probably the most embarrassing.

If I’m following my dreams.

Yeah, I started my own clothing line, that’s something I always wanted to do. I’m focused on that for now.

I would say I’d like to live in the future. I want to see all the flying cars and stuff. That’s probably so far from now but I think that would be great to see. Flying cars and how people are, in this town especially, since I grew up here. It used to be an old hippie town and now it’s like a richie rich town. Everyone is so into their looks and stuff. It’s not a bad thing, but it would just be interesting to see how everyone changes. VT

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