I have always worked with my hands. My creative and handy mom and dad taught me to sew and cook and build small things at a young age, and these are some of my happiest memories. Growing up I was also interested in fashion and trend watching, and I have always been fascinated with the place where the handmade can intersect with current taste. I love the way that we makers can produce items of beauty and value, and give a positive experience of authenticity and attention to detail to our recipients. One's clothing and accessories really do reflect how one feels and what one has to say. I find it an honor to be part of this process for others.
Learning handweaving during my college days and through an apprenticeship in the years that followed provided a turning point for me. When I was 25, I started my first label, Jean Jones Handwovens. At that time I made handwoven clothing and accessories and sold them at art fairs and at wholesale trade shows for fine craft. By 1996 my small production studio had 3 employees and was providing my work to about 50 stores throughout the US, and also one in Japan. During those years I was awarded The Handweaving for the Home Award of Excellence by Handwoven Magazine, and I have a small handwoven accessory in The Whitehouse Permanent Collection of American Craft.
My design and handmaking journey continued through the years that followed with intense periods of private study of garment construction, patternmaking, and couture construction details. I have worked with many instructors, but Sarah Veblen has been my primary teacher and mentor.
After studying patternmaking, design and construction, and, most importantly, fit, with Sarah for more years than I can count, I began my Jean Jones label. I have worked hard to create my own artisanal version of ready-to-wear that is cleanly designed, fits well, and is constructed in the best way possible...all with special hidden details to delight the customer.
In 2015 I was a finalist in the The Martha Stewart American Made competition in the Style category. My work has appeared in the book Woven to Wear by Marilyn Murphy, Tribeza Magazine, Austin Way Magazine, Austin Monthly, and The Austin American Statesman.
Next year I will celebrate 25 years in business. Thank you so much for your interest and your support. A business like mine can only go from dream to reality with you and your loyalty. I am everything because of you and I thank you.