Who: Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson
What is your background?
We have been in the fashion industry for the last 10 years, many of those spent together. We both have undergrad degrees in fashion design, from SCAD and FIT. We met working as design interns for Language in Nolita. In 2004, we moved to LaROK where we spearheaded the design. We both left LaROK together and started our own families and reunited a few years ago to launch ace&jig.
How did the line come to be?
We knew if we were going to launch our own line of clothing, it had to be based on our passion- textiles. We wanted to make a collection, at a contemporary pricepoint, that was unique yet effortless with a strong emphasis on fabric. We felt we needed a very focused concept and started with the creation of our own linen/cotton woven fabric. We then narrowed down even more and decided to just do yarn dyed stripes. So all of our fabrics are custom yarn-dyed stripes of color and texture made of linen and cotton. Our silhouettes are really a reflection of our favorite things from our own closets.
What has been your biggest challenge?
In the beginning it was finding the right production source where we could have creative control and work with weavers one on one to perfect our textiles. Now, that we have that sorted out- it has been challenging finding the work/ life balance owning your own business. We have toddlers and ace&jig is like one of our babies!
What’s the ballsiest thing you’ve had to do to for your business?
Most collections aren’t based on one fabrication- But we went for it with ace&jig- and so far, so good!
Where do you see Ace & Jig five years from now?
We would love to create more avenues for our fabric. A kids line would be amazing!
What advice would you give to an aspiring designer?
Intern with a small designer or company so you can see the big picture.