Jenna Wilson and Cary Vaughan are the design duo behind ace&jig, “a seasonless women’s collection” that’s wearable, functional, and beautiful. Sharing a love of fashion, these two entrepreneurs shared great success with their label, LaROK, before launching the line that epitomizes “accessible clothes that are not overstyled, pieces that you keep forever and love.” We caught up with the busy ladies of ace&jig, who dished on their past, present and future in the world of design.
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two+seven: Give us some background. How did you get interested in fashion?
Jenna & Carry: We met at LaRok as interns steaming and ironing! Previous to that, Jenna attended FIT and Cary attended Savannah College of Art & Design. Thus, we both have always had a passion for fashion. Even as children both of us showed interest in textiles and now we share a deeply invested obsession! As a young girl Cary was introduced to vintage garments and antiques by her grandmother who had an antique business. Jenna created these amazing little knit clothes for her dolls and stuffed animals. Alas, the creative inclination was very much embedded in our bloodstreams.
2+7: After leaving your successful brand LaROK, was it difficult to reemerge in the industry?
J&C: It felt natural to take an alternative route from the one we paved with LaRok. LaRok was a brand that gave the customer immediate glamour. Ace&jig is a representation of our shared stylistic perspective of clothing having to hold the element of versatility throughout seasons, which is certainly a different direction. When a woman really loves an item of clothing- she naturally integrates it throughout the year. LaRok was an important experience that brought us together and ace&jig is a collection of our dreams. The aesthetic of ace&jig has proven to be less of a challenge and more of a refreshing re-birth.
2+7:Has having families changed/ influenced your design aesthetic?
J&C: Certainly motherhood has made us appreciate practicality more than ever and thus we strive to create very easy to wear yet aesthetically pleasing clothes! We have remained steady in our views on how ace&jig should be created and presented. Overall, balancing everything is tough but our pace has not been too tripped up by children.
2+7: As design duo, do you ever butt heads?
J&C: Being both Taurus’s, we are astrologically “cut from the same cloth” so, we have an unspoken understanding of each other’s temperamental inclinations. Ha! Honestly, we ultimately respect and regard each other as permanent figures in our lives which makes it is easy to address any issues with clarity. Ace&jig is our brainchild! We share and take our motherhood (per say) too seriously to allow space for conflict.
2+7: What’s next?
J&C: Ohh! We have a long list of future plans and ideas. We are currently working on the finishing touches of our Spring 2013 collection- which is one of substantial color and liveliness. We would love to expand our ace&jig textile stories into other collaborations and new markets. A kids line would be SO fun!
Cary: Cary loves the Atelier Shirt because her eighteen year old cousin can wear it and so can her mom. It can be styled differently and is a true classic.
Jenna: Jenna loves the Reversible Blanket coat. Such a super soft and rumpled wrap coat, just like wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket… and since its reversible you can flip it around depending on your mood.