About Jessie Brenner
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Jessie Brenner and I am the Associate Manager, Yarn & Fabric for Women’s Sweaters at Ralph Lauren. I am 26 and from Norfolk, Virginia.
Can you give us the highlights of your career thus far?
I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 and started an internship at Spanx on the raw materials team. While I studied Industrial Design and Design for Sustainability, what drew me to Spanx was Sara Blakely’s mission to empower women and her philanthropic work. It was important to me to work for a company whose values were in line with my own. I ended up staying on fulltime for 3 ½ years. This past February I moved here to pursue sustainable fashion. Currently, I’m working for Ralph Lauren in yarn and fabric for the women’s luxury sweaters team.
What made you want to pursue a Master’s degree at this point in your career?
Out of college I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sustainability I just didn’t expect to end up in the fashion industry. My time at Spanx really opened my eyes to the opportunities for sustainability within the industry. I never imagined I’d go back to school, but after speaking with some of the students in the first cohort I was convinced this Master’s would be valuable to me by providing the tools needed to prove the business case for sustainability in fashion.
Why GCNYC specifically?
I didn’t consider any alternative programs when I decided to pursue my Master’s. The students from the first cohort were incredibly enthusiastic about their experience and that was all it took for me to be convinced!
What makes you get out of bed in the morning – driving you to affect change? What’s your purpose?
I think it’s an incredibly exciting time to be working on sustainability in fashion, and I feel confident this investment in myself will help shape my career to positively impact the world around me. Every day I progress closer towards this goal.