Name: Jenna Jackson
Title: CEO / Founder
Email Address: email@example.com
additional social media accounts: https://www.pinterest.com/augustllc/
About Me : I was born and raised in Southern California next to the beach and then played Division 1 volleyball at the University of California at Berkeley for four years. After graduating I traveled to live in Milan and then came home to LA and started working for the Los Angeles Lakers where I met my husband on a set up from my boss and now father-in-law. I moved to San Francisco to be with Charley before starting to work at Gap Inc as a merchandiser. After 5 years working for the company Charley and I fulfilled a long time dream of taking a year off to travel the world. We visited 41 countries over the year and on the trip were inspired to create our company, august. The brand was inspired by the places we visited and all of our products are meant for a life on the go. Every bag is named after a place we traveled that inspired the product. We create everything here in LA from a woman run factory and have a one-for-one with Operation School Bell where we provide a backpack for every bag sold. Somehow along the way we had two great little boys who travel with us as we continue to journey around the world. Our oldest Keller has been to 16 countries and he's 3!
What are your skills?: Marketing, Operations, Administrative, Writing
What is your education?: BA - English - University of California at Berkeley - 2004
MA - Luxury and Fashion Management - Savannah College of Art and Design - expected graduation 2017
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Mentorship, Mentoring
Other interests: soul cycle, pilates, yoga, wine, food, travel, sports
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I love the idea of inspiring and helping other women fulfill their dreams and hope I can help others. I also hope to get inspiration and mentorship along the way!
What are your brand goals for this year?: We just launched the august x Banana Republic collaboration and fall lands 8/4 in stores and online. We are growing our brand awareness with PR support and wanting to expand to 100 boutiques and stores through 2016 and 2017. We are also tweaking our website and emails as well as continuing to focus on our social media presence.
Words you live by/quotes you love: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: I need to thank one of my mentors at Gap - Allison - who told me to take a year off and travel around the world.