The original concept for the Jordyn Jacobs brand began way back in 2013 with my graduate collection from Shenkar College of Design in Ramat Gan, Israel. Having grown up in Southern California to a family of "shopaholics" and fashion trend-setters, I moved to Israel at the young age of 20 to explore the world and have some fun! I had no intentions of attending design school, and especially not in a foreign country.
Skip ahead a few years and I found myself entrenched in an intense 4-year degree... Learning and speaking in a foreign language... and finding my unique voice as a young designer. When it came time to settle on a concept for my final collection, I looked around and found that many of my classmates and friends were pulling inspiration from their rich family histories. You see, Israel is a young country made up entirely of immigrants. Everyone came from somewhere.
As an American, I found that my family and the families I had been surrounded by knew very little about their roots prior to having come to the U.S.A. It occurred to me that the only place I truly felt "at home" was in the "in-between" spaces. Israel had become my home. California was still my home. I'd fly back and forth and in both directions, I'd feel like I was heading home. I found a feeling of comfort and familiarity when I was constantly between places, so I started to think about what it means to be "nomadic" in the 21st century.
The result of the collection was a collage of inspirations connecting hints of Southern California surf style to Mongolian, Tibetan, and Afghani color schemes and silhouettes. My own experiences of travel combined with a range of nomadic adaptations to a life in transit also affected the more functional aspects of the collection. Many of the finer-crafted details were the outcome of intuitive experimenting with beads, tapestries, and fabric scraps.
This collection was the birth of what is now a travel-inspired line of travel gear. Three years after the completion and presentation of this collection, I find myself living a much more settled life and exploring what it means to stay in one place for more than a few months at a time. As I move forward into new terrain, the "Neo-Nomadic" aesthetic evolves along with me, as does the Jordyn Jacobs brand.