Lisette and Jeff Rudes
J Brand - the loves behind the scene - who make the ball roll, for without them, J Brand would just no be J Brand.
J Brand invited me a short time ago to come to LA and visit their facilities. At first, my idea was to post about the process of producing denim and the washes and the sewing but I am just so bored with doing something that has been done over and over again.
I decided to show you some different kind of images from my visit to the J Brand facilities. I want you to meet some of the people of the J Brand family that I had the pleasure to meet or to see again. I have visited quite a lot of factories and producing plants over my years. This visit with J Brand was outstanding for its feeling of total unification and smiling faces. People seem to be happy to be there. These people seem to feel acknowledged and appreciated by their boss, Jeff Rudes.
What I have heard is that he is a very hard to please and very demanding boss, but that he also gives back. In the usual ways, of course, but also in personal interest that he shows in the people that work for him. (i.e.: In summertime the people that work at the factory work from 6am to 3pm to avoid the worst of the heat waves.)
I hope you enjoy these images and that they will put a smile on your face as well. :-)
Beth Newman, PR director and everything-else-you-can-imagine director at J Brand - she's authoritative and adorable, wearing her fave J Brand RTW leather jacket
Ian, he's responsible for all that has to do with the wash house
Beth in front of one of the countless denim racks at the factory
This is Blake Crambes. He's Beth's right and left hands. He is an amazing professional who is very serious and dedicated to his work. I love you, Blake!
meeting with the sales staff: Arnie, in front, is the head of all sales for J Brand - needless to say, Arnie, you ROCK!
Karen Phelps (Women's Denim Designer Director), Donald Oliver (Creative Director and RTW Designer), Lili Chu (Trend/Concept Director of Design), always meeting and searching for the newest of the newest trends
Staff offices in the factory
part of the factory where the jeans are being manufactured
at the wash house with Erin, Beth, and the denim wash experts
Jeff, Donald and Arnie - head of J Brand, sales and RTW design - hmmm my bet is good things are about to happen soon!
Beth and I are having some fun in the wash house
that thing in the middle between Beth and I is a dummy that is being used to sandwash and treat all the jeans
Amazing Erin - there is nothing she doesn't know about any kind of wash or treatment for denim, I learned a lot from her and Ian. It was very cool meeting you guys!
this is the dummy where the jeans get their treatments
this is the machine that positions and sews the back pockets on every single pair of jeans - impressive