Office supply wristwear -- Rubber-band bracelets with slogans are trendy

By Lori L. Tharps
Updated June 23, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The latest in wrist adornment is…rubber bands. But these aren’t your everyday office supplies. Wordstretch bracelets, which retail for about $1.50, are multicolored bands inscribed with witticisms like ”I flunked gym” or ”What would Scooby do?” Creator Ave Green, 36, a former actress based in St. Paul, was inspired in part to create the bouncy bracelets after seeing NBA stars like Kevin Garnett wearing rubber bands during games. ”I [thought], What a great [way] to communicate,” says Green, who now counts Minnesota guv Jesse Ventura, Giorgio Armani, and Janet Jackson (by way of Twin Cities producer Jimmy Jam) as fans. ”It’s like the anti-jewelry,” offers Green, who also makes rubberized rings. And they go nicely with paper-clip earrings.