Designer Jac Vanek started off with a simple idea for one bracelet, and now celebs like Chelsea Kane and Demi Lovato and bands like All Time Low wear her jewelry, and her line is sold online and at Bloomingdale's. J-14 chatted with Jac to find out how she got started in fashion, how she met Chelsea, and what bracelet she would give Justin Bieber!
J-14: How did you get started designing clothes and jewelry?
Jac Vanek: I started out small, with just one bracelet: RUTHLESS. The idea just came to me on a whim while I was in school studying design, so I decided to run with it. I made a few, sent them to some friends and bands, and through word-of-mouth and the Internet, demand began to skyrocket! I've always been really into fashion, sort of to the beat of my own drum. I started sewing and reconstructing my clothes ever since I can remember, so moving into t-shirts and such was a natural progression for me.
J-14: How did you meet Chelsea Kane?
Jac: Chelsea is a very good friend of mine, and I actually met her through our mutual friends in The Summer Set. Last summer, Chels jumped on The Warped Tour with them for about a week in the Midwest. The bands are always busy with playing, signings, meet and greets, and press, so Chelsea hung out at my merch tent so much that we felt like we had a new member of the family!
J-14: Why do you think your line has such an impact on the music scene?
Jac: It's where my heart lives. I have been completely immersed in the music scene since I was 15, and my love for music grows each and every day. Instead of going to high school parties, I was going to shows. I have met all of my closest friends this way. It was only natural for me to participate in the Warped Tour and Bamboozle festivals because that's where I would be regardless if I started a clothing line or not. I think that people can relate to that because it is a pure, honest love for this community I've grown up in.
J-14: What's the coolest bands you've got to meet on tour?
Jac: The Bamboozle Roadshow was a pretty awesome tour to be a part of last year. I had some of my closest friends in All Time Low, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Boys Like Girls out on the road with me, which was so wonderful, but then we had bands like Third Eye Blind, Hanson, and LMFAO on the tour as well. Third Eye Blind has been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid, so getting to know [lead singer] Stephan Jenkins was pretty surreal for me.
J-14: What bracelets would you give some of our J-14 celebs?
Jac: Justin Bieber - TROUBLE, Selena Gomez - TRUE, Taylor Swift - FEARLESS, Lady Gaga - MONSTER, Lucy Hale - KARMA, Victoria Justice - PEACE, Miranda Cosgrove (fun fact -- we have the same birthday!) - INFINITE, and Taylor Lautner - RUTHLESS.
Photo: Courtesy of Claire Oring