IWD 2021 | The Female Founders: Jessica McCormack

“I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by kind, strong women as I have built my business.”

In this week’s Daily Digests we will profile some of the female founders within the Walpole membership who have built their own businesses, as we ask what is it about British luxury that means new, female-led brands thrive – and who are the women that have inspired their success? We begin with Jessica McCormack – designer of exceptional diamond jewellery for the modern woman – who tells us what compelled her to start her own brand in 2008.

Why did you choose to start your own luxury business?

I grew up around antiques and beautiful things in New Zealand, as my father was an auctioneer, and forever bringing home interesting objects, incredible furniture and art. But I really fell in love with jewellery during an apprenticeship at Sotheby’s in their jewellery department, that I took when I first moved to London. Before long I knew I wanted to create my own beautiful pieces, jewellery that I would want to wear, that felt modern but that was rooted in expert craftsmanship and traditional techniques.

What is it about British luxury that means new, female-led brands thrive?

I think there’s an incredible community of women here that support each other. That support, whether it’s advice, an opinion or just someone coming into our Townhouse and playing dress up with my jewellery – means that you feel connected to something larger all the time.

Tell us about the women that inspired you on your journey?

I’ve been so lucky to have been surrounded by kind, strong women as I have built my business. And now I have a team that’s female led, and that feels important. We work hard to give each other the right kind of support, to empower each other to do our jobs, and to enjoy it!

jessicamccormack.com
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