In 2010, Cary and Jenna set out to create a seasonless women’s collection from one fabrication: their own yarn-dye, woven fabric. They wanted to create timeless garments from their own textile designs, as interesting in texture as in color and pattern. Effortless clothing that could be worn in many ways, for many years. They are constantly inspired by their own ever-growing textile collections. At the start of each new season, they sit down with their most exciting finds—from the feedsack bags of antique french linens to japanese boro quilts—and begin to create their own woven story. Their search for the ideal manufacturer led them to India, where they found experienced textile specialists weaving on ancient wooden hand looms. Several times a year they travel there and work one-on-one with weavers to create their authentic fabrics. Their indian partners share their core values and practice the holistic kaizen philosophy of continuing to improve. Not only do they provide free childcare, but they also use reclaimed water to grow organic produce for their employees. Their colors and silhouettes shift, but each collection is anchored by the stripe. They believe yarn-dye stripes, whether created by alternating textures or through pops of saturated color, are an iconic and timeless medium, and an endless source for reinvention. Ace&Jig is based in brooklyn, new york, and portland, oregon, and is composed of Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, who met more than ten years ago as fashion design interns and instantly bonded over their shared love of antique textiles. After Cary gave birth to daughter Alice and Jenna had her son James, they felt the time had come to collaborate again. Thus, ace&jig was born.
MADE IN INDIA
BASED IN US AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
They use azo free dyes.
They use eco-mailers made with minimum 50% recycled paper.
Their web orders are shipped carbon neutral, to help offset environmental impact.
Their manufacturer saves water in their facility so it doesn’t go to waste. Their employees are able to enjoy fruit and vegetables grown on site with reclaimed water.
They work with ethical manufacturers in India, they employ 90% women tailors and compensate them fairly. All employees benefit from free childcare, and fresh produce grown on site with reclaimed water.
They repurpose their waste cut outs or leftover fabrics to create new products or donating to artists, schools and non-profits. What they can’t resue they recycle.
Every year they partner with organizations and charities that are doing crucial work worldwide to promote human rights, sustainability, and earth conservation.
They use locally grown cotton from India that is dyed and woven by local artisans.