We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennyvi Dizon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennyvi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I wouldn’t be living in NYC without risks. If I didn’t take the risk of entering a long distance relationship with my husband to go to New York for a summer, I would not have the opportunies to show my collection during New York Fashion Week and met so many people here in the fashion industry.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got my love of fashion from watching my dad who was a part- time tailor / part-time computer analyst. I would see him come home after work and work on tailored garments. From the age 5, I’ve known how to sew, but in college I decided to get both a Fashion and Business Administration degree knowing that sewing talent alone wasn’t going to be enough. Early on, I kind of fell into making custom bridal gowns initially for friends, then my own, and then soon enough the word spread outside my own social circle. The hardest part in the beginning of my fashion career was juggling a full-time job as a bookkeeper for a tax and financial planning company. When I started getting more work in the bridal industry, I decided to quit my job and work on my fashion business. It wasn’t easy leaving a stable income for something unknown. When you’re employed by someone else you have the security of a regular paycheck, but when you’re relying on yourself you are constantly working for future work and juggling the work you already have. You have to be your own sales person, fashion designer, seamstress and finance person all at the same time. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that every that I create or design has to have a meaning and purpose. If a piece doesn’t portray what I intended I personally am not happy with it and it gets hidden away. I want to have my designs speak to the women of the world, so that when they wear one of my pieces they can exude confidence without saying a word.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite area in all of Manhattan is Koreatown. On the first day we go eat at Jongro BBQ, visit a couple of the bakeries and go shopping for Korean beauty products BestFren Beauty. On the 2nd day we would go eat at Ichiran in Brooklyn, where they do a Japanese style dining experience with no interaction with the waiter, you just select what you want at a counter with a drop down separator and press a button for service. We would then walk the Brooklyn Bridge into the Lower East Side and go shopping on Canal Street. The rest of the week we go spend at various museums like the Guggenheim museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMA and the fashion museum at FIT. Lots of walking in Central Park and multiple trips to my favorite place in Central Park which is to visit the turtles and ducks at Turtle Pond. You also cannot leave NYC without shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout Out to Cassy Saba of Cassy Saba Jewelry for always providing the best jewelry for my runway shows and photo shoots. Shireen Dooling best graphic designer I know who can also design fashion. Jennifer Boonlorn of Soul Carrier for providing such great support to me. Nikolai DeVera who provided me with so many opportunities and such great friendship.
Monika Wasko Photography