It isnít easy being green. The artistry in her collections, the small limited edition runs, the conceptually driven presentations are what separates Jesse Kamm from other designers. Determined to keep her collections small and exclusive she works to live and not the other way around. A certified greenie, the 6 foot tall glamazon eco lover is just as comfortable wielding a sewing machine or a silkscreen board as she is shoveling the land on her property in Panama. Camping, surfing, and growing organic veggies, this designer isnít just about the pretty clothes she makes. Decreasing her carbon footprint and making the world a better place are all in a days work for this talented lipstick lady.
You are known for your beautiful homespun couturiere and your green life. How do you balance the two?
It is somewhat challenging to be able to balance the things I want to do in Panama and the things I want to do here and what I end up having to do is sacrifice some things. For me the panama project is really important in my life Iím willing to say Iím going to have a smaller line, Iím going to make less money, fewer people are going to be able to have this product because Iím not going to make as much of it, I have other things in my life that are important to me other than manufacturing this thing. That in turn makes it more special and works in my favor. Itís all created with the intension of staying small, limited editions.
Since Jesse Kammís inception as a design house you have used organic matter and eco inspirations with your collections. How do you choose an idea for a season and develop the collection?
The line going to stores now, which, will be in stores in September, is called Into the Bush. I really felt like with all this crazy stuff going on in the world, environment, over population, technology were the things on my mind when creating this collection. I felt a bit overwhelmed with all that stuff in the future, and it felt like an explorer.