Jessica founded Rise Apparel Development in 2016 after working fourteen years of her career in the corporate fashion industry in New York City and Seattle. From brand launches at Victoria’s Secret to reworking key item styles at Nordstrom, she's turned sketches into stylish cost-effective product under quick timelines. Months at a time have been invested working in factories overseas in places like China, Indonesia, Colombia, and in the US, gaining knowledge of many types of manufacturing processes. Jessica has worked as a designer, technical designer, product developer, production manager, and team leader. At RAD, she now has an assistant and a sewer to make your first samples as well as connections to many factories around the world to scale up production.
Community & sustainability are very important to her. She is currently mentoring two individuals who are new to the apparel industry and mission driven. Jessica is also on the board for Fashion Group International. She spends her free time working in her organic garden at a community P-patch in order to grow fresh produce for the local food banks including the Rainier Valley Food Bank and St Mary's. Whether it's seed to food or concept to product, she offers the one on one connection that helps you grow in a way that is sustainable. See the Packages section to get started working together.