Jessica Wade, DESIGNER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
It is a Texas childhood on the ocean with frequent travels to Mexico that I blame for a life long obsession with nature. The power of nature to transform us became a targeted resource for my design work when, as a student of art history, I saw traces of natural inspirations throughout thousands of years of art. I believe the world is our visual and experiential narrative, one we create and write consciously and unconsciously, and when one riffs upon and/ or upends those narratives one uncovers innovative design evolutions.
The concept of the world as an extension of the body, a relationship scientists now apply to technology, is a perspective that I have continuously puzzled over. As a young child I fashioned found objects to stimulate emotions and spur creative play and my interest in how personal objects transform perception led me toward a career in the fashion industry. I designed for a handful of major NYC fashion houses, including Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, before founding the Jes Wade brand in 2009.
The Jes Wade collection is a design driven vertically integrated business with a NYCEDC Made In NY certification. Innovative designs and attention to every detail garnered awards and media attention, created collaborations with 100+ brands and built intimate relationships with 1000+ distinguished luxury clients. The Jes Wade Atelier captures, with innovative drape and cuts, the aesthetic of couture for a dynamic modern lifestyle. Brand growth is supported by extensive partnerships to create a heritage brand 7 years young and deliver a road map for innovative markets in the 21st Century: product that inspires, brand authenticity, customer centric service, lifestyle technology and social commerce.
A student of Business Marketing at the McCombs Business School at UT Austin, Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris and Rutgers University speak to a broad range of interests and a life long love of intellectual development. In 2012 the Jes Wade business plan was an awarded finalist in the selective mini-MBA program Design Entrepreneur NYC.
Philanthropic roles—from designing product to fund award winning human rights films to co-founding the non-profit initiative Humans Who Design—are a passion. I believe collaborations and partnerships with organizations who help give voice and dignity to those without will be the future of business integrity and brand context.
On weekdays I am found working and exploring the culture of NYC and on weekends I am immersed in nature outdoors with my husband and two daughters.