Good news fellow Jessica fans, our Victoria-Beckham-in-the-making has some exciting new business plans! Blanc & Eclare is set to launch its first pop-up store in Malaysia in December. The store will be called Respec, since apparently it stemmed from a collaboration with eyewear brand Respec.Co (A.K.A. Respec Co). In the exclusive event, only 100 limited pairs of Blanc & Eclare sunglasses will be sold and only five of those will be signed by Jessica herself. You can stop by the pop-up store from December 10th to January 4th!
To keep ourselves updated, here are some details about Respec.Co. The company is a self-proclaimed “avant-garde provider of luxury eyewear that demands respect. Respec.Co will sear your eyes with beauty.” That’s nice. So I looked at their online store and their aesthetic is very similar to Jessica’s line of sunglasses. Here’s a preview:
I think this is another smart business move on Jessica’s part. It’s like when an unknown artist chooses to be featured in better known artists’ songs. Fashion collaborations are a stepping stone for brand solo galleries and showcases. I just hope she doesn’t get stuck doing collaborations forever, like a “celebrity” endorser (a la Nicki Minaj for Sears) rather than a full-time, accredited designer. But Jessica supposedly wants to go to fashion school and make a name for herself, so we’ll see!
Unfortunately, in the end, she will have to probably choose between music or fashion, since doing both sounds near impossible. They are insanely demanding careers. If there is an industry more hectic and insane and drug-ridden than music, it’s always the fashion industry. Name the country, if you have a respected Fashion Week, you have some seriously overworked designers on the constant brink of mental breakdowns. They are usually creative directors for established fashion houses, creative directors of their own lines, consulting directors for at least three different collaborations for “affordable” lines presented in big retail stores, the face that does press for all of their things (when you can’t throw a model into the paparazzi fire), overseers of everything – from accessories to what the hell they’re going to send down the runway in six hours to six months from now, etc. Oh god, I’m getting stressed just thinking about it. But good luck Jessica!
By the way, my favorite thing about this new picture is that Jessica looks like she had too much to drink, but doesn’t really care.