superlative: best dressed
creature comfort: a cozy blanket & and good music
best concert you've ever been to: Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe & the magnetic zeros sxsw 2012
favorite cereal: cheerios
austin go-to: I’d have to say zilker and the trail. On it all the time.
Class of 2016
The vision for Frankie Jean is to support and encourage artists in their endeavors and give them a platform to begin or further their reach and we are honored to be a little part of the small business & companies we represent.
Who is Frankie Jean?
Growing up my mom, Frankie Jean, was by far the largest source of wisdom in my life. She was also a natural born creative. We both grew up on farm land, her in New Braunfels and myself just outside of Austin in Buda, which I think fostered a great since of discovery and creativity in us both.
She was always creating and designing something whether it was those soft puff paint shirts in the 80's, those tragic mommy and daughter outfits I wish I never had to wear, or a small business After School program for older kids so they didn't have to go home to an empty house.
Two big things I learned from her were how to design and think forward in fashion and how to think about others and their needs and to make sure to always do something about it if I could.
When I was thinking about my next step in business, I was in a time and place where I was reflecting on how long I have had to do life without my mom. When I was just 14 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and after an amazing recovery, she later that year was re-diagnosed and unknowingly only had 5 weeks to live after that. It obviously had such a large impact on my life at that time, being a freshman in high school. I learned how to cope, but I would always think about her in everything I did including where to go off to college and what to study. I chose Baylor University, a place she talked about often, and fashion design, something I just felt called to with a gentle nudge I felt might have been from her.
And after starting a few small business after college, I finally decided it was time to start "the one", the one I would want to do for as long as I could. When I tried to think about what that would be she was on my mind, and when I knew I wanted to design and create I started to think about the others around me who were doing the same and how I might be able to help if there was a need there. And it was from those thoughts that Frankie Jean was formed. I named it after my mom mainly because I wish she could be here it do it with me because I know she would love this and also because it was inspired by her loving, creating and caring nature.
My hope is that her legacy will live on as she continues to touch lives through this company.
She's got her name written all over it.