Jessica McClintock, a widowed mother of a young son, arrived in California in 1969 with a teaching credential in hand. Eager to be an educator, Jessica soon learned of a small apparel company known as Gunne Sax. A modest investment soon led to the birth of a premier design house… Jessica McClintock, Inc.
Jessica McClintock, a name synonymous with romance, used skills learned at an early age from her beloved seamstress grandmother, to become a fashion icon to a generation. Before long, Jessica had turned Gunne Sax into an empire now known as Jessica McClintock, Inc. Continually creating new and innovative designs, Jessica has expanded her single line of dresses, Gunne Sax, to a multifaceted apparel company, composed of design divisions that cater to the bridal, designer, missy, junior and children’s wear customers.
Without ever losing the primary focus.. romance, Jessica McClintock, Inc., now encompasses a vast national and international wholesale business selling Jessica’s designs throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Using the same passion and creativity, Jessica has also expanded her business empire by venturing into the highly competitive retail market with 41 company owned boutiques, and plans for opening more.
Jessica, needing new avenues to express her creativity, established a fragrance division to develop the perfect fragrances to complement her romantic clothing. Jessica introduced her signature fragrance, Jessica McClintock, in 1988. It soon became one of the top selling fragrances in America. The second fragrance, Jess, launched in 1995, established Jessica McClintock as a star in the fragrance business. The Jess fragrance was nominated for a prestigious FiFi Award in recognition of unique and sophisticated packaging. Jessica also created a men’s fragrance, Scott McClintock, available exclusively at Jessica McClintock Boutiques. JESSICA McCLINTOCK NUMBER 3 launched in July 2001, and in Spring 2003, Jessica introduced three Gunne Sax fragrances JASMINE KISS, RASPBERRY ROMANCE and VINTAGE VANILLA.
Jessica McClintock has also formed a licensing division. The product lines include China, Eyewear, Handbags, Jewelry, Handmade Area Rugs, Home Furnishings and Furniture.
Jessica has received numerous awards and acknowledgements over the years for her romantic designs. She has won the California excellence award, the California Mart’s California Designer of the Year Award, the special 1996 Tommy Award from the American Printed Fabric Council, and the Bridal Information Resource’s Retail Choice Award for 1996 and 1997 for social occasion and bridal apparel. Jessica has been consistently named among Working Women’s Top 50 Women Business Owners since 1994. She has been granted a Doctorate of Humane Letters by the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco and has received two lifetime achievement awards, and the Excalibur Award from the American Cancer Society.
Jessica McClintock, a self-made woman, continually establishes herself as a major leader in any field she pursues. Using technology, business acumen, and creativity, Jessica McClintock embraces the challenges of the next century.