Jennifer Ayres is a seventh year PhD candidate in American Studies who focuses on creative work, fashion, the secondhand clothing trade, and cultural economy. With a BA from UC-Davis in Women & Gender Studies in 2008, a Masters from Cornell in Apparel Design in 2011, and as a vintage shop owner, Jen approaches the material culture of style through the lens of a scholar-practitioner. Jen's dissertation project, "Circuits of Value: The Political Economy of Buying and Selling Vintage", uses economic geography and multi-sited ethnography to examine how value is created across a loose network of corporate non-profits and small businesses for a category of objects traditionally classified as 'Post-Consumer Waste'. Researching the variety of labor that is required to transform used clothes into vintage (creative, flexible, affective, immaterial, atomized, and non-unionized), the spaces that comprise the secondhand trade (thrift stores, flea markets, and buy-sell-trade clothing shops), and the exchanges that enliven secondary markets (gift and commodity), Jen’s project illuminates how the secondhand trade is a vital part of the aesthetic economy that the creative city increasingly relies upon as an untapped market, infinite resource, and lucrative export. What it shows is how the intersections of race, gender, class, immigration, and sexuality complicate simplistic notions about how fashion and the economy works.