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“Women Owned Business”

March 9, 2012

By Jacalyn Bennett

When I started Bennett and Company in 1989, it was with a vision to understand and fulfill the needs of a woman’s demanding lifestyle through the design and manufacture of beautiful, unique, and affordable lingerie, which is nourishing to the soul.  I built Bennett and Company with a corporate philosophy that embraces ecology, human rights, and social responsibly.

Teaching a woman the skill of sewing helps her to be a contributor and participate in the sustainability of supporting her family as well as a role model in her community.  Teaching a woman the craft of operating a sewing machine is likened to giving a man a fishing rod, both parties can develop their own equal respect and dignity which becomes the heart of any thriving and resilient community.  I also wanted to create a platform for all of my team members to discover who they are in the world and how their individual creative contribution plays an imperative part in our company’s success thus creating a positive ripple effect in the world around us.

In May 2010, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in partnership with the Center for Women and Enterprise recognized Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company as a Women’s Business Enterprise and awarded them with national certification.

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Peace, Love, Lace & Lingerie

February 10, 2012

by Jacalyn Bennett

On this Valentine’s Day, please be good to yourself.    As the old adage says, home is where the heart is, and our hearts start with us.

Why do we not cherish ourselves?  Why, if we are not having a date with our boyfriend, lover, fiancé, husband, do we just wear that old bra and panties that no one else will see?  You are someone, and you must believe in yourself.  If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.  If that means buying yourself a nice piece of lingerie at Victoria’s Secret or Soma, please do so.  You are a deserving child of this exquisite universe, where every moment of every day is special and should be celebrated.  There are no ordinary moments, so live your life to the fullest potential.  Be kind to yourself.  When we are kind to ourselves, we are kind to others.  When we are kind to others, we are kind to ourselves.  Love first must come from within, to be felt before it can be given.

People always ask me how I got involved in the business.  I would say that business, like life itself, is an evolution.  People and their priorities and their companies evolve.

I learned how to sew and design clothing at Manhattan’s High Schools, Fashion Industries and Art & Design.  Because I was so tall and thin, store bought clothing never fit me properly.  I started designing, sewing and wearing my own clothing, and soon began selling them to students, friends and teachers.  When I was making what I considered to be a good deal of money at the ages of 12-13, I started making clothing for boutiques along 53rd St., referred to as Manhattan’s Boutique Row.  While at Art & Design High School, I was one of three students to be awarded a full scholarship from the United Federation of Teachers to a New York University.  I chose the Fashion Institute of Technology and The New School.

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After I graduated from FIT, I was offered a job in India to teach factory workers in Bombay how to hand paint, embroidery and hand bead garments.   I had been interested in Eastern philosophy and Asian cultures and art for years.  I had had my heart set on social work; however, I couldn’t believe my good fortune-to be paid for doing what I loved.  Through this work, it became clear to me that I could positively affect more lives by teaching workers these skills, whereby they could support themselves and their families.  I realized that these workers relied on me and the company that I was employed by.   It was at that moment that recognized my life’s work: to teach factory workers to sew and do skilled handwork, which provided jobs.  I decided to incorporate handwork into all of my designs, be it lace applique, hand embroidery or hand beading.  I envisioned and actualized my dream:  to create beautiful, timeless lingerie that honor and cherish the women who wear it.  I do so in synergy with kindness and compassion, for all beings.  Bennett and Company’s philosophy is to create beautiful lingerie while practicing Ghandian principles and Bhuddist tenants, and by honoring today and every day forward.  Please choose to love and honor yourself; you deserve it.   May your Valentine’s Day be filled with love, joy and happiness.

 

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Raise Awareness

January 13, 2012

by Jacalyn Bennett

This is all about living and working conscientiously in the world.

My inspiration to start a company was to create a safe and healthy space for people to work in and to show that one didn’t need to be harsh to employees or the environment to be successful in business.

When I started working in the Garment Industry over 30 years ago, I began actualizing my dream to create beautiful garments for women in a Socially and Environmentally responsible way.  I was at home working in Asia in the garment factories, guiding and teaching the cutters and stitchers how to actualize the beautiful designs I created for the American customer.  It was evident to me, through my many years of hard work, that I could create a successful company that had a foundation based on Gandhian principles an Buddhist tenets:  a company that people wanted to be a part of.

 

Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company was founded in 1989, with the core focus of honoring ecology, human rights, social consciousness and appropriate work ethics.  I realized and was committed to achieving success in the Lingerie and Textile Industry while keeping with our mission statement to “Respect and value our employees and supply chain partners by giving back to the communities in which we work.”

We design and manufacture garments while being socially and ecologically responsible.  We are also committed to sharing our knowledge with  our customers as to the value of this virtue.  They in return share knowledge with their teams and ultimate customer.  The consumer is then empowered with the knowledge to purchase products that better align with their own values.  The global impact of such conscientious consumerism can and will change the commercial sector, for the betterment of all.  This positive and responsible shift in customer and consumer values will have a triple bottom line win-win-win for the workers, our customers, and the final consumer.  Raising consumer awareness can only have positive results, and Bennett and Company will continue its role and be an active change agent for this critical global process.

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Lingerie With A Conscience

December 15, 2011

Lingerie With A Conscience by Jacalyn Bennett, founder and CEO of Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company, Newburyport, MA. Jacalyn discusses the importance of ethics and green living in the lingerie manufacturing base.

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Lingerie With A Conscience

 

Lingerie With A Conscience by Jacalyn Bennett, founder and CEO of Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company, Newburyport, MA. Jacalyn discusses the importance of ethics and green living in the lingerie manufacturing base.