Meet CJ Jones, our supporting seamstress and maker here at Wings Hawaii. We spent a day with her in our jungle studio to ask her about her role here at Wings, her creative flow, and how she got started in her field!
Can you tell us a bit about your role here at Wings Hawaii?
I work directly with Sam Howard, the Lead Designer, to create our clothing line. Basically, Sam brings me her ideas and I go from there! The process can start with adjusting old patterns or creating new ones. I create the sample and do all the fittings and for the hand-sewn line and sew the small size runs myself.
What was your creative path that led you to being a seamstress at Wings?
What comes to mind first is my family. My Grandmother was a huge inspiration of mine, a highly skilled seamstress, making clothing for her five daughters and eventually for me and my ten cousins. My family is full of makers, mostly engineers and artists. My Father likes to say it runs in my blood. Sewing for me is a form of building; textiles being my medium. I truly enjoy the practical satisfaction of making something with my hands; the challenge of figuring out the order of construction to create a unique design and the best materials to do so.
What is your favorite part of working for Wings?
Sustainability in fashion is big for me and is one of the leading values at Wings. I'm an environmentalist at heart and here At Wings, we re-purpose fabrics and vintage pieces to create most of the handsewn line. Our designs create minimal waste and we save even the tiniest scraps to use in our collage pieces. Most of our Wings "staples" line is made from natural fabrics, organic bamboo/cotton blends and linens. The collaged pieces are all beautiful vintage Aloha fabrics. I believe sustainable fashion is one of the best things we can invest in to help the environment, and it is incredibly rewarding to work at a company that has been doing that since the beginning!