Janessa Leone is a eponymous label based out of Los Angeles. The Janessa Leone brand harkens back to a time when people saw their sartorial choices as a reflection of themselves. Each hat is made carefully by hand, a product of years of labor and skill fueled by a dedication to craftsmanship. Over time through wear, the hats mold intimately to the wearer, and become a reminder of a life well lived. Janessa Leone’s brand mission is to revive a time when people treasured clothing as something to be kept and passed down to future generations, a meaningful item that transcends its value as a mere commodity.
Taking cues from a bygone era, the brand evokes a time when women’s innate confidence was conveyed through the dichotomy between sharp, menswear inspired tailoring and exaggerated feminine beauty.
Janessa recalls growing up, venturing into her grandfather’s closet to try on clothes, pieces from his past, that told his entire life story: “There is an ever-present air that you embody when you put on a perennial piece of clothing; like you are a part of something bigger than you could ever imagine. That love for nostalgia, whether it is clothing, accessories, or furniture, has never escaped me. There is an undeniable poise that I possess when I wear my grandfather’s vintage hat or my grandmother’s jewelry; a poise that you can only possess by wearing something that was created with incomparable craftsmanship.”