CEO's Profile

Hey everybody, I’m Sylvester “Sly” Jackson and I have been working in the fashion industry for about 20 years now. I currently live and work in New York City.
As a child, I have always had a strong fixation for art. I also have developed a talent for drawing portraits of family and friends as well as random objects for inspiration. Somehow, through my journey for art, I started drawing clothing ideas into my sketch pads and taught myself to use a sewing machine that my mom had purchased for me.
I am a 1994 graduate of Columbia College, a small private Christian school in Columbia, Missouri. As a student majoring in Fashion Design, I’ve learned to focus my sewing and design skills. In addition, I had won many fashion awards in Midwest competitions.
Prior to graduating, I had the privilege of a summer internship with Marc Heister Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.  I saw first hand inside a small fashion house that designs and manufactures high-end designer clothes for the Mother of the Bride. I worked as a Production Cutter. I had the privilege altering patterns and organizing fabrics.
In the fall of 1994, I moved to the Windy City. There I worked various jobs before landing a position as a production cutter for Su-Zen Inc. I learned the components of what operates a small fashion business. I figured if I learned what everyone’s job duties detailed then I would have some idea of how to run my own.
After a desperate need for change, I applied and was accepted into the Design and Technology master’s program at Parson School of Design in the fall of 1998. With no prior computers skills, I learned with great focus to make use of graphic software’s such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, along with a few others programs, to get assignments done.
After graduating from such a vigorous program in the spring 2000, I began my new career as a Textile CAD Designer/Artist. I have freelanced for companies such as: Calvin Klein Jeans, Express, Liz Claiborne, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Limited Design Studios, Macy’s Intimates, Phillip Van Hussein, and G.H. Bass, just to name a few.
After slaving away working for these major fashion companies for a number of years, I decided to get back into the art of creating again. So I enrolled in continuing education classes to up grade my sewing, drawing and designing skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology. There I learned to be more technical with my work. 
Currently, I am setting my eyes on the future by focusing my heart and soul into building a fashion brand.