Get To Know: Jacoba Jane
Tell us about your brand and your business model.
Jacoba Jane makes special occasion dresses. I like to think of the collection as “old world craftsmanship meets modern values.” I line every dress with natural fabrics like silk or cotton, and every dress is made to order. I know that sounds so contradictory to “success” in the digital age because everyone wants everything instantly.
But I believe in the movement towards more mindful consumption, and made to order promotes that because it’s about the anticipation of your garment being made just for you. It’s about only cutting into fabric when that fabric has a future home and a place in someone’s closet.
What drove you to start your own label? And what have you enjoyed the most so far?
I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii and I was at Neiman Marcus looking for a dress to wear for an evening out we had planned. I wanted something amazing! I always had an interest in textiles and I taught myself to sew when I was younger. My skin doesn’t love polyester, and that was what most of the dresses I saw were lined with. (I admit poly has come a long way and I have nothing against it!) I always dreamed of starting my own label, but like most budding entrepreneurs, I was waiting for “the right time.” That time actually did come a few years later. When I did start, my experience at Neiman stuck with me. This premise of lining with natural fabrics seemed like a good place to start because I figured if I felt this way, I couldn’t be the only one.
My favorite thing about starting and running my own label has been the amount of things I’ve learned, both about the world and myself. It’s pushed me forward in ways I can’t even begin to list. I love being an entrepreneur because no two days are the same, and it’s a place where it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. Then you add the extra layer of being in the fashion industry, and you’re always on your toes, in the best way possible. There are definitely days of self doubt and thoughts of “am I really cut out for this?” But you move forward anyway. I love it and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
What are one or two big goals you’re focusing on in the next 6 months?
Two big goals for me in the next 6 months are finishing up samples for my second collection and launching my blog.
👗 You can learn more about Jacoba Jane here.
🌎 You can shop the Jacoba Jane Collection here.
📸 You can connect with Jacoba on Instagram here.
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