I've admired the owners of Ace & Jig, Cary and Jenna, for quite sometime. The duo met as fashion interns nearly ten years ago where they bonded over their love for antique textiles. In 2009, after Cary gave birth to her daughter Alice and Jenna gave birth to her son James, they joined forces and started Ace & Jig. Their goal was to design season-less pieces that can be worn for years. Their silhouettes are simple, classic and flattering, and their textiles are stunning. They travel to India multiple times a year to work with textile specialists who are still weaving on ancient hand looms. Cary and Jenna are inspired by textiles with roots that stem from France to Japan. When I first saw their designs I was reminded of the Japanese Boro quilts I had seen in the vintage shop I worked in recently and back in college, Raggedy Threads.
The piece I'm wearing here is from their exclusive line for Barney's (The Andie T-shirt). While the top is similar in silhouette to a t-shirt, the double-layer cotton canvas makes it feel much more dressed up than your standard tee. I paired this top with my favorite pair of vintage Wranglers. There's something about Ace & Jig's designs that boosts your confidence and gives you a timeless sense of style. I truly feel like this look could have been worn by my grandmother in the 1960's, but is still equally stylish today, and I have a gut feeling when I look back on these images 20 or 30 years from now I'll feel the same. That confidence is truly priceless for me. Especially when it technically involves jeans and a t-shirt (my uniform, haha).
Making investments in garments like this and even just treating myself to a hair appointment or pedicure or cup of coffee on my own has been something I've been trying to make more of a conscious effort of the past couple months. As a mother it's easy to feel like the money or time should go elsewhere, but there's something to be said for doing something nice for yourself. Taking care of yourself as a mother in return is always beneficial for the whole family. It doesn't always have to involve spending money, but if you do feel like treating yourself to a garment that will last you years check out Ace & Jig.