In 2009, after designing for global fashion houses for nearly a decade, Jessica founded a start-up to rethink industry practices from the ground up. Two years later the business model and brand was awarded by a jury of C-suite fashion executives in the Design Entrepreneur NYC mini-MBA program. Using sustainable design thinking principals, the Jes Wade Atelier vertically integrated product development, production and sales and built a business that engaged all stakeholders, focused on energy efficiency and developed creative solutions toward zero waste. Employee well-being was facilitated with beautifully designed work spaces, top benefits, paid certifications, bonuses and morning yoga.
The collection combined old world craftsmanship and glamour with new world technologies in the TriBeCa atelier and developed retail sales with the highest levels of personal service. We hosted clients in experiential retail environments that popped-up in private homes, art galleries and stores across the United States. The women who were part of the Jes Wade story, to this day, cherish their Jes Wade pieces and continue to wear them as they celebrate life around the world.
A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL
CUSTOMERS CENTRAL TO DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS STRATEGY
ZERO WASTE DESIGN & VERTICAL PRODUCTION
RESPECTED CRAFTSMANSHIP & ETHICAL LABOR PRACTICES
MINIMAL CARBON FOOTPRINT IN PACKAGING & SHIPPING