New York Spartan of the Week: Kelly Jones

Posted by admin | March 25, 2013

NY Spartan Alumni of the Week: Kelly Jones 

A few Spartan questions for Kelly Jones:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: International Relations at MSU’s James Madison College, 1995

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I’m the Founder of Kelly & Jones Notes of Wine (, a fragrance collection that is inspired by the art of wine tasting. The collection has been featured on The TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I’m also a Marketing Manager for one of the world’s top fragrance houses here in NYC.

Q: Where do you live?
A: I’ve been enjoying the incredible Manhattan views from Jersey City, but now I’m re-locating to the West Village.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Anywhere that I can test out my wine and perfume pairings—but my favorite is Joseph Leonard. The owners and staff there are the most wonderful Midwesterners.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: The scent of the city—an urban melange of roasted chestnuts, taxi exhaust, geranium, old bleach and wet city sidewalk that captures the essence of NY’s never-ending energy.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: My best friends in NYC are people that I met at a James Madison Alumni event during my first month here, after relocating from the West Coast. Our group is like a little East Lansing right here in the big city—good people who work hard and play hard.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: Folke Lindahl & Oumatie Marajh, professors from my MSU Overseas Study. They took our class on a trip down an Amazon river in Guyana to meet a family that had no material possessions—just a small hut on the edge of the rainforest… to this day, the happiest people I’ve ever met.

John Clough Holmes, MSU’s Founder and horticulturalist. I’d speak to him about flower harvesting and extracting essences from plants for perfume.

The MSU Water Ski team (including our old green and white MasterCraft ski boat).