As a recent graduate of the Fashion Design Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design, Chloe Jacob is writing the next chapter of her career in this diverse industry. Her design ethos lies in creating emotional connections for users in their clothing. As a third generation sewer, Chloe is inspired by her grandmother’s appreciation to craft and quality. These qualities, as well as a passion for art and fashion history, were the founding values for her thesis collection, En Plein Air. Chloe cultivated her passion for design with her dedication to volunteerism by joining the Little Black Dress Gala charity fashion show, which she co-produces to support single mothers and youth mentorship.
Chloe is currently growing her knowledge in technical development and the creative process on a global stage. She looks forward to continuing this work along with expanding her perspective by travelling and exploring the world.
Through an exploration of art and fashion history, and Chloe’s family values, En Plein Air was established. En Plein Air is a capsule collection dedicated to designing modern heirlooms for millennials to pass between generations, by emphasizing high-end quality finishing. This collection is a reaction to Chloe’s observations surrounding the connection between garment waste and consumer behavior. En Plein Air is a synthesis of extensive historical research of style and construction in previous centuries, as well as analysis of future consumer trends.
The pieces are made with all natural fibers and are amalgamations of historical and modern influences. Fashion is cyclical, which is why the designs reference previous eras so as to ensure their relevance. Longevity is designed into the pieces, considering the garment’s lifecycle from concept to creation. Each piece is embedded with customizable labels and branding to foster the creation of emotional connections. Chloe engrained personal details into the designs, including vintage gold buttons from her grandmother’s sewing basket. Draping sleeves and lace trim transport wearers into a French dream.
Creating En Plein Air has taught Chloe the importance of keeping people and planet at the center of every decision. Even as a limited edition collection, the transformative emotions of En Plein air will live on. As Chloe progresses through her career, the knowledge of fashion’s past will help her shape its future.