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Jessica Wade
design | innovation strategy | future thinking
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I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou
 

"There are two ways of looking at life: as if nothing is a miracle, the other as if everything is a miracle .... I like to live my life and surround myself with people who believe the later. Jes is an amazing friend and inspiration. She brings positive beautiful energy to everyone around her and to every design she creates.  It why I LOVE wearing her fabulous pieces! "

— Tracey Vincel, Physical Therapist, Pain Management Specialist and owner of KIMA Wellness

 "Jes Wade  is my go to for important events in my life.  When I have an award ceremony, speaking engagement or event in NYC, London, Paris or Rwanda I always wear the Jes Wade collection.  Not only does she dress me but she has also partnered with us to host events and design products to support our documentary film projects over the years."

— MICHELE MITCHELL, Film Producer and Director, Founder Film At 11

Michele Mitchell was awarded a Murrow for her documentary   Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?    Here (right to left) Michele is wearing the Gold Chain Maille Racer Tank in Pale Pink, Sinem is wearing the Cross Front Couture Lace Hipster Dress and Geraldine is wearing the Leather Strap One Shoulder Drape Top.

Michele Mitchell was awarded a Murrow for her documentary Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?  Here (right to left) Michele is wearing the Gold Chain Maille Racer Tank in Pale Pink, Sinem is wearing the Cross Front Couture Lace Hipster Dress and Geraldine is wearing the Leather Strap One Shoulder Drape Top.


 
Aviva Drescher  is an active Philanthropist and National Spokesperson for  One Step Ahead Foundation .  As a cast member of  RHONY  she has used her publicity to champion confidence, courage and self-esteem for amputees.  Here she wears the Chain Maille Long Sleeve Stretch Corset, White Eight Part Pants and Stack Crystal and Wire Necklace.

Aviva Drescher is an active Philanthropist and National Spokesperson for One Step Ahead Foundation.  As a cast member of RHONY she has used her publicity to champion confidence, courage and self-esteem for amputees.  Here she wears the Chain Maille Long Sleeve Stretch Corset, White Eight Part Pants and Stack Crystal and Wire Necklace.


 


 
HER LATIN ROOTS FUEL HER PASSION FOR LIFE, YAZ HERNANDEZ HAS AN ACTIVE SOCIAL AND TRAVEL CALENDAR FULL OF PHILANTHROPIC ENDEVOURS IN THE OLD AND NEW AMERICAS.  Here she wears our leather strap scoopneck cuff tee with our eight part boot cut satin pants.

HER LATIN ROOTS FUEL HER PASSION FOR LIFE, YAZ HERNANDEZ HAS AN ACTIVE SOCIAL AND TRAVEL CALENDAR FULL OF PHILANTHROPIC ENDEVOURS IN THE OLD AND NEW AMERICAS.  Here she wears our leather strap scoopneck cuff tee with our eight part boot cut satin pants.

“You have just gained your best admirer! I am crazy about your clothes and will make sure that more people know about your work. Thanks again for opening your home and atelier to the Couture Council and look forward to receiving my pant and the first piece of many to come. Xoxo”

— Yaz Hernandez, Philanthropist, Chairman of the The Couture Council and patron of Latin arts


 

"I wear your tops and dresses so often I feel like I owe you back pay!"

Jamie


 

"Your sophisticated and elegant aesthetic always shines through.  Thank you for this perfect jewel of a dress."

Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Author of "Where You Left Me" and

Founder of the Douglas B. Gardner Foundation


 

“I love fashion and I have never seen such rich textures and fabrics. Love, love, love!”

— Lisa


 

“The silver ‘warrior princess’ top, which I wore yesterday at the Midsummer Night’s Dream show+after-party, was admired by none other than Julie Taymor — “it looks like chain-mail... gorgeous!” I cannot tell you how many people raved about it — among them, the modelesque Okwui Okpokwasili, who plays Hippolyta — and the ‘ingénue’ (truly) Lilly Englert (Hermia) asked whether I was an actress... The top is positively MAGICAL!!! With Jes Wade clothes who needs plastic surgery??”

— C


 

 
I had been thinking about what I wanted to wear for ACT II, my Cabaret performance at 54 Below, and Jes made all my desires a reality — I knew I wanted sequins and something short and fitted but the biggest priority was something I could move and dance in. The dress was the perfect thrill to perform in. It has now become a staple in my wardrobe.
— Stacy Polley, Partner and Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales for the Americas at Goldman Sachs
A career on Wall Street, a partner at Goldman Sachs and a passion for performing Cabaret, Stacy Polley is an advocate for the next generation of women in finance.   Her interest in performing arts has led her to take seats on the boards of the  New Victory Theater  and the  New York City Center . “It’s important to have passion in your life – it makes you more well-rounded. This is what truly gives you balance.”  Here Stacy Polley wears the Banded Chiffon V-Neck Dress in black and gunmetal sequins.

A career on Wall Street, a partner at Goldman Sachs and a passion for performing Cabaret, Stacy Polley is an advocate for the next generation of women in finance. 

Her interest in performing arts has led her to take seats on the boards of the New Victory Theater and the New York City Center. “It’s important to have passion in your life – it makes you more well-rounded. This is what truly gives you balance.”  Here Stacy Polley wears the Banded Chiffon V-Neck Dress in black and gunmetal sequins.

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In the fall of 2015 the United Nations introduced Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals to transform our world with specific landmark achievements over the next 15 years.  The 17 SDG's are far reaching and cover everything from ending poverty to gender equality and are targeted to governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals.  

Sustainability I believe, as the broad scope of the SDGs attest, is ultimately a global perspective toward a better world.  Sustainability is a way of thinking, a "healthy" perspective, that effects the the choices we make in our lives, the decisions small business owners make as they grow and the structure and details built into corporate initiatives. 

HUMANS WHO DESIGN

We believe life is about making conscious choices to better the future of this planet and that is why I co-founded Humans Who Design in 2015. 

Humans Who Design is a community and a networking platform for fashion designers whose work acts as a catalyst for positive social, humanitarian, and environmental change.

Formed in 2015 by Natalya Nyn and Jessica Wade, the goal of Humans Who Design is to create a ripple effect of good by promoting design as a powerful tool to achieve change.

Humans Who Design believes creative design has the ability to give visual voice, dignity, and positive structure to those without.

The Humans Who Design network brings attention to designers with progressive initiatives to encourage collaborations with nonprofit organizations and other designers to create campaigns, develop products, and collaborate on fundraising and events in order to make the world a better place.

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS:

Since launching the Jes Wade business in 2009 the continuous focus was on sustainability.  The collection was designed in-house, manufactured made-to-measure and sold direct to client all from the Jes Wade Atelier located in the TriBeCa neighborhood of NYC. 

ZERO WASTE AT JES WADE:

Creating a vertical business allowed us to create zero waste.  In our design studio we loved creating zero waste garments and if we did have fabric or material remnants we always recycled them into the development of our initial design prototypes.  If any additional materials remained at the end of the year they were donated to children's public art programs in NYC.

CARBON FOOTPRINT AT JES WADE:

All of our manufacturing occurred in the Jes Wade Atelier which meant no shipping from factories so zero co2 emissions were emitted due to outsourcing.  We developed luxury packaging that, while beautiful and luxurious, was minimal in weight and structure and included 100% recyclable Tyvek envelopes certified by the Carbon Trust.  In NYC all of our same day deliveries in NYC were completed by bike messengers.

RESPONSIBLE MATERIALS & LABOR AT JES WADE:

The majority of Jes Wade fabrics were from heritage couture mills in Europe and uniquely developed materials from local artisans in NYC.  Our business structure allowed us to significantly invest in couture fabrics that are rarely seen or used in the fashion industry.  Additionally our design studio worked with local NYC businesses on one of a kind developments that were regularly carried in the collection.  Our employees were given excellent working conditions, competitive salary and health insurance.  Our design and financial investment in these areas resulted in an extremely high quality product that build long term relationships with our luxury clientele.

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SPENDING A DAY WITH MY DAUGHTERS AT THE NEW MUSEUM

SPENDING A DAY WITH MY DAUGHTERS AT THE NEW MUSEUM

I have discovered that the continuum of life,  when assembled in a timeline of disparate moments, reveals an intriguing and useful curiosity.   I personally love the millions of life's tiny reflections, complicated or simple or local or global, that social media presents.  Below are the 20 most recent posts from my Instagram feed... science has shown that social media stimulates dopamine neurons...  let's share some dopamine jolts.

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