Jacqui Monitto is a Wonder Woman.
Originally from Melbourne, Jacqui is now kicking big goals in New York City.
A fashion fairy tale, Jacqui relocated in 2014 to take up a senior eyewear design and brand management position. Cutting her teeth in design roles in Sydney and later launching her own business in Melbourne, with her no nonsense approach, innate style and eye for detail it was only a matter of time before overseas recruiters came calling.
Jacqui has been a long time friend and supporter of Radical Yes! In the early days of the brand Jacqui consulted on the first collection and helped out with a lot of the initial leg work, supporting brand founder Kerryn who was pregnant with her second son Oz at the time. Jacqui's enthusiasm and expertise have been a huge influence and we are so proud to see her now walking the streets of the Big Apple sporting our designs and living the dream!
Jacqui kindly took time out in the city that never sleeps to tell us a bit more about her work life and to send us a couple of postcard snaps.
Tell us a little about your work, what do you do? Why do you do it?
I’m an eyewear designer and brand manager based in New York. I love design and seeing something come to life and the freedom of designing for multiple brands means I can wear many different hats.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have any work rituals or habits you follow?
I usually start by researching an idea, artist or theme that I’m obsessed with and kind of go from there. It’s a lot of trolling the web, paper tears and giant mood boards! I try to create an idea of who my girl is and the world she’s living in for that season.
Describe your work environment. Do you work from a studio, office, café or at home? How does the space influence you?
I am super-hyper organised (annoyingly so!), so I love to have everything in neat, tidy and ordered… I hate chaos in the studio. Clear desk = clear mind
What is one thing in your life you are proud of?
I'm proud I survived two winters in a row after moving to New York last year! And on a more serious note that I've made a career in design and get to travel and work with people all around the world everyday.
What does being ‘radical’ mean to you?
Not being scared to take chances, even when they seem completely absurd – you never know if you never try!