At the age of 25, Jack Germain, a graduate of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Accessories Design, launched her namesake handbag collection from her Lower East Side apartment. She interned for major fashion houses Cynthia Rowley, Prada, and Emanuel Ungaro all before the age of 20! Jack epitomizes the American Dream as she has truly made a name for herself in the incredibly hard to break into Fashion Accessories Industry. She currently lives and designs in New York City, where all Jack Germain handbags are made.
The line embodies Jack’s own signature mix of tough downtown chic with feminine detailing. She wanted each bag to transition seamlessly from ripped jeans to a cocktail dress, the perfect bags for any professional woman going directly from work out for the evening.
We invited Jack to discuss her collection:
LIM: Where do you get your inspiration?
J.G.: Since 6th grade I have been creating binders filled with magazine tear outs. Each binder is filed by year. Each time I create a collection, I always find myself referring to the “Inspiration Catalog” first. Style is cyclical, the challenge is finding a way of making it new and fresh.
LIM: Your collection is made in NYC and you promote “environmentally friendly” production practices, can you elaborate on that for us?
J.G.: Simply put, local manufacturing saves time, fuel and shipping costs, all of which drastically reduce the generation of CO2 emissions. We also love to manufacture locally because it gives us a good opportunity to be present and oversee our workers directly. We know exactly what they’re doing, what they’re being paid, and what notions are being used in our production. I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
LIM: Which style in the collection is your personal favorite?
J.G.: It’s hard to choose a favorite because I create the bags to be as versatile as possible and, therefore, I wear each for extended periods of time. I am not one to change out my bag everyday. I want the same bag to look as great with a dress as it does with a ripped pair of jeans and a tee. I guess if someone forced me to choose, I would say the Bette clutch. It can make the simplest outfit look put together and downright sexy.
LIM: Which style would you recommend for the chic, professional woman?
J.G.: I would say the Scapula. It’s large enough to fit a laptop, has 4 storage pockets and is extremely lightweight. Can’t beat that.
LIM: If you could collaborate with any designer, who would it be?
J.G.: I would love to collaborate with the jewelry designer, Eddie Borgo. We have similar aesthetics in that we both design edgy, but minimal pieces, and can’t resist a little shine. I would love to see some Eddie Borgo hardware on our bags. That would be the dream.
Since the successful launch, Jack has been featured in the press in the most coveted of fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, and People Style Watch.
Be sure to stop by and shop Jack’s namesake line at www.jackgermainhandbags.com.