Based part of the year in California and the remaining months
in an isolated surf resort off the coast of Panama, women’s
wear designer Jesse Kamm has two great loves: dressing and the sea.
Her smallnamesake brand and collection,”Jesse Kamm”, has had a loyal,
almost cult-like following for its clean, classic minimalistic aesthetic approach since it was established ten years ago.
As an individual, Jesse derives her greatest pleasure in life from the sea —
so much so that she and her husband designed and built and off-the-grid surf resort in Panama,
where they spend every summer surfing and reconnecting with nature
alongside their son. As a designer, she is, again, inspired by the sea,
and wholeheartedly believes the ability to connect with the ocean is
one of our greatest luxuries in life. She sites the 1970s publication
WET: A Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, founded by seminal avant-garde
writer Leonard Koren, an inspiration to her practice as well. Creating
strong clothes for strong women, Jesse makes use of shapes that are
minimal, clean and attractive, utilizing fine textiles often from a small
mill in Japan, and produces each of her lines in California, right by the
sea. Her personal philosophy: “do what you love and do it well”.