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Women Making History: House of Jackie Brown


In January, we gave you an exclusive sneak peak at House of Jackie Brown’s SS10 collection, Electric Couture. Well, not only do we have a full look at the appropriately titled collection but we also have a full interview with the ladies behind the fly swimwear—Jaclyn York and Emily Brown!

We’re more than excited to bring you this one! The swimwear these ladies have designed will possibly make you look at your old swimsuit like it’s moldy bread. Yeah, it’s that awesome!

Not familiar with the brand? Allow us to break it down for you:

House of Jackie Brown is swimwear for the sexy and self-confident fashionista. Conceived by Jaclyn York and Emily Brown, both of New York City, the company was founded out of a flare for the funky-fabulous. Driven by a desire to create bikinis that accentuate and accommodate many shapes and sizes, their fresh styles & fly additions to each suit separate them from the rest. These urban-chic creations are redefining the standards for fun vs. functional; bringing style to the sun and sand.

Take a look at the video shoot for their first collection below:

Now that you know a little more about the brand let’s get to know the ladies behind the brand, starting with the M.I.S.S. survey!


M.I.S.S.: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?

To name a few Madonna, Patricia Field, Jem and the Holograms, Pam Grier, Kelis, Barbarella, Peaches and of course Barbie.

M.I.S.S.: How did you get your start?

We decided on a whim to head south for the winter, moving to Miami. Our idea of fly sexy swimwear was hardly anywhere to be found. We were inspired by the sun, sand, and sea to start our own company and we’ve been making it happen ever since.

M.I.S.S.: What’s your favorite piece of fashion that you’ve created?

Our newest collection: Electric Couture!

M.I.S.S.: Who do you want to work with in the future and/or dress?

We would love to dress at the Hollywood starlets.

M.I.S.S.: What part of your work process is the most challenging and what do you dislike the most?

The most challenging part is coming up with capital for production. We both work other jobs to support HOJB. Its tough to start without financial backing but its all worth it. The best part of it is watching our designs come to life. The whole design process from making patterns to choosing fabrics and finishings we love. Fashion shoots and shows are always fun.

There is also nothing better then seeing your product in stores or being worn by someone on the beach.

M.I.S.S.: Thanks so much ladies! Any last words before we show off the collection?

We also want to plug our fashion show July 18th for Mercedes-Benz swim fashion week @ the Setai hotel. Also, we are about to debut a 15 piece resort wear collection next month!

Actually, before we get into the collection, let’s take a quick dance break, k?

Stand up.

Pop that booty out.

Ya’ll ready?

Press PLAY!

There’s no stoppin’ the heat! What you’re about to see is going to make you SWEAT! GO!


High-voltage colors, wildly outrageous patterns, and a charge of flashy textures are what House of Jackie Brown’s SS ’10 line—Electric Couture—bodaciously channels from the 1980s. In a time where style defined substance, and “Material Girl”s were all “Pretty in Pink”, swimwear rocked some of the hottest cuts the industry has seen. For those women lucky enough to have experienced this age of free-spirited fashion expression, the vintage fabrics will take you right back to that rad time when neon paint-splatters against black & white was funky-fresh and mesh material totally meant sexy. But not to worry younger generations: the soft spandex, iridescent material, and rouged designs incorporate a modern twist to these re-vamped, innovative pieces; allowing girls of all ages to get a taste of bold bathing suit culture. Owning classic, culturally iconic names synonymous with the 80s, like “Karma Chameleon” and “Dynasty,” the pieces capture the time and place in which Jaclyn York (born ’83) and Emily Brown (’81) spent their childhood days.

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2 Responses to “Women Making History: House of Jackie Brown”

  1. Gee Gee says:

    These suits are so amazing that they are making me want to put down the cookie dough ice cream and hit the gym! Love the colors, the prints, the cuts!

  2. Illy P says:

    Love this line!


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