Jessica Meany in custom coat featuring cathedral windows quilt pattern
Grant Recipient

January 4, 2022

December 2021 “Fashion Design” Business Category Grant Awarded to Jess Meany

Jess Meany

Woman Entrepreneur:
Jessica Meany

Our $10,000 grant winner for the December 2021 Business Specific Category goes to Jessica Meany, founder of Jess Meany clothing brand.  She shared with us her lifelong obsession and passion with how we dress ourselves. That has turned into a business in which she has focused on creating “quilt coats” — making coats from vintage quilts. Jess added:  

“I love my customer and the small brand community so much – I have a nice group of organic followers on Instagram and email, and plenty of challenges and hurtles to keep me busy which I am so thankful for. I do want to keep my business flourishing, and to work on what the business was originally founded for – to find forgotten fabrics, not just quilts. I want to find uses for old dusty palettes of fabrics, water-stained rolls, and scraps of discarded leather, and old zippers that local brands have had in boxes for years without finding a use for them.”

Jess plans on using the $10,000 grant to add her first employee.  We’re so excited to see where she goes for 2022 and beyond!! 

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