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By the time Cary Vaughan (left) and Jenna Wilson finally got down to launching Ace & Jig, they’d already had a lot of time to figure out what a Cary-plus-Jenna line would look like. They had worked together on-and-off for about ten years, starting with internships for a lifestyle store in New York’s Nolita called Language. “We got to know each other doing all that late-night stuff like ironing and seaming, cleaning the office, and emptying the trash,” Jenna explains.
Eventually, the work got more interesting: The nearly inseparable duo headed up design for LaROK, during which time they got to travel the world—Paris! Tokyo!—and eventually came to realize they were ready to do their own thing. “We wanted to start a line that tapped into what we’re the most passionate about, and Cary and I both have an intense love of textiles,” Jenna explains. “We both have textile collections—we both love
rummaging at flea markets. Plus, we need boundaries—that focus. We both have expansive personalities.”
Being textile-centric meant finding a way to produce their own rich, totally mesmerizing linen-and-cotton fabrics from a small factory in India and letting the silhouettes flow from what they wanted to wear. “For years, it had been about ‘stud it, bead it, glam it up,’ and we wanted to create something that wasn’t already out there,” Cary says. “We’d found all of our favorite pieces in unexpected places. They weren’t basics, but they weren’t really trendy either,” Jenna adds. “All of our designs—you can pull them over your head, you can wash them, and they can go in the dryer. It’s an effortless kind of styling.” —erica