Author: Lisa Jones-Tomassini
From the time I was young fabric was something that both excited and fascinated me.
When I was 5 or 6 I remember loving the texture and stitching details of my mum's silk shirts and the structured wool skirts she would wear into the office.
I would take her silk shirts out of the good will bags, clip off the pretty buttons and stash the fabric just because I thought they were so beautiful.
When I was in 6th grade my grandma Gena said she would make all of my clothes for school, if I wanted her to, and of course, I was absolutely thrilled!
I pick out every detail from the patterns to the fabric, the buttons, the zippers, the thread color, no matter how bizarre the application or how crazy the combination, I got every single detail my heart desired! Needless to say,
the joys of middle school! But looking back now, it was worth it! By the time I was in high school my love of fashion had become a full-time passion. We had a great sewing instructor who fostered creativity alongside practical sewing skills. At one point we did a fashion show in the local Bend River mall. After the show, while shopping, (thank you mom and grandma for coming) one of the malls boutique owners had asked me what brand my dress was. It was the one I had just modeled in the wee show. Talk about cloud 9!! I was beyond flattered! That one comment reinforced the idea that I could steward my own brand.
In my 20s I sought out the best fashion school on the west coast…all signs pointed to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). There I studied textiles and design. I graduated from FIDM, Los Angeles with a degree in textiles and an eye on wearable expression. Immediately after graduation, albeit a bit
I went headlong into collaborations in which we were designing, creating, & reimagining clothing, at the same time, developing new materials and techniques with many of LA’s suppliers, manufacturers and vendors. Together we created mini collections and as a way to inspire, showcase and SELL supplies and services. The idea was to sell, designs, fabrics, trims and/or production, to the design teams based in LA.
As I began to expand my skills I started working outside of the United States, saying yes to any interesting projects that involved garments, fashion and/or textiles in any form. In the years following I was allotted a vast array of opportunities. I got to dip a toe in different corners of the industry, truly experiencing a vast many facets of what it was to be “in the fashion industry.” I gathered perspectives and working experience from the agricultural fiber fields, through to sewing, production, distribution and retail.
I worked with designers and manufacturers who specialized in swimwear, knitwear sweaters, denim, tees, sportswear, yarns and technical materials.
I spent a few weeks in Morocco learning a lot about leather, leather goods and the process of tanning. I traveled to Italy many times for textile, and yarn trade shows as well as garment trend research. I represented several high-end Italian yarn companies,
as a brand sales rep, a freelance designer, and a sourcing specialist. I spent a number of years working out of LA manufacturing and production plants who specialized in dying, knitting and sewing. I worked in Lima Peru, as a production manager. I worked with a company, HQ in Banff Canada. with factories in Aliquippa, and Lima, Peru as a technical designer, (OOOh the stories I have.. but that's for another post! )
Working in such a variety of positions, traveling quite a lot and seeing the of much of the industry from the inside, I began to see what worked and what didn't....what positively contributed to the consumers. what did not, the efficiencies and inefficiencies of the industry. I met many amazing and talented people from all walks of life, as a result, inspired by design but also by the way people live. Exposure to the industry, to incredibly fun and talented people, and diverse cultures helped shape what and how Throckmorton Jones is today.
I adore divine and decadent details, designs proven by the wisdoms of years gone by, the art of innovation, the pure joy of owning what one truly loves, the glory that permeates the air when synchronistic collaborations take place, the confidence of a woman whose garments are uniquely expressing her own style.
Talented, and unique people from all walks of life and various corners of the earth inspired me.... not only aesthetically but also functionally. And thus a brand of unique and exceptionally designed offerings was born... Throckmorton Jones. (well after many rocky starts!)
I love LOVE the belt soooo much. You were right, the tooling enhances the buckle and I can't think of a more wonderful design. I'm so pleased. I'll have this for the rest of my life, and Casey will be able to enjoy it too.
Katie - New Mexico
The belt was in Monday's mail and I am wearing as I write. It's beautifully made, and despite my high expectations, better than I anticipated. Thanks very much.
Thomas -LasVegas, NV
Thank you so much for this beautiful cuff bracelet!! It looks so nice on Tim, and he has been wearing almost everyday! So he loves it too. Thank you
"About your cuffs and bags.,, I love wearing mine, and always get complements. It’s fun being noticed for something interesting and beautiful! Eye catching and set the right tone "
Lisa has a real passion for helping people see the bigger picture. She's an inspiration.
Throckmorton Jones is brilliant! They give clients what they need.
Throckmorton Jones is top notch textile expertise, They give reliable consultation and service in this area.
Throckmorton Jones is fantastic. I love the style and aesthetic - perfect for a structured bohemian look. Sexy and stylish. I and two of my friends invested in her leather work -- the detail is intricate and well designed. Lisa chooses colors that compliment each other, kaleidoscope of movement in accessory. Brilliant.
Throckmorton Jones provides creative and unique leather goods, excellent workmanship is evident when looking at the products. They helped us to choose a belt that was perfect for my husband. Their coasters provided a one of a kind gift for my sister too. Besides having an excellent product, They are personable and easy to work with, which is so important in any business
Have I told you lately how much I adore and love this bag! It is my bag, and I always get wonderful comments on it… Thank you!!
"Throckmorton Jones's quality of craftsmanship is truly unmatched as are the uniqueness and individuality of each piece in the collection. ."
Hi - I received my iPad case; it is just gorgeous - so lux; I love carrying it around. Thanks so much yet again! Gwenni
Thank you for the leather flower bracelet. It came yesterday and it is so pretty and well made! I love it!
I received the watchband yesterday! It is perfect, thanks again. I love it and it's everything I was looking for and more.
I know it sounds strange to say that I’m finding mask wearing fun and stylish these days - but it’s true. I have about 5 different Throckmorton Jones masks now, and I like being able to pick which one fits my mood, and/or matches what I am wearing. They fit my face nicely, and I can breathe easily through them. I have one particularly soft one I keep forgetting to take off when I get back into my house, or get into my car because it’s so comfortable! Lisa has brought a little lightness and playfulness to this awful mess we are in and I’m SO grateful for her skill and Imagination!
OMG!!!!!! Thank you SOOO much for the mask with the cannabis leaf!!!
Lisa, I want to thank you for making beautiful face masks for my family. The boys (and I) think they are wonderful. The workmanship is impeccable and they style and fabric choices perfect. Love the sleeve that allows for the addition of another layer of protection. Thanks again for your beautiful work!
Janna Sue K.
Purchase With Confidence! Each mask is a unique, handcrafted piece of art that is not only functional but it keeps you safe & healthy. The mask is extremely comfortable while allowing you to breath easily. The high caliber of Lisa's masks far exceeded all of my expectations. Protect yourself, your family, and your community with the unrivaled quality and uniquely fashionable mask's created by Throckmorton Jones.
Just wanted to tell you that I bought a few masks from you and get so many compliments on how cute they are. I have given several people your website. Keep up the good work!
I love wearing mine, and always get complements. It’s fun being noticed for something interesting and beautiful! On a side note, I took a teaching job from March through May, and brought my LOVE WINS button with me. I pinned it on the poster of behavior expectations. It was eye catching and set the right tone for our 1st grade classroom. It’s my favorite saying now. Your LOVE WINS colors and design should be on your bags! You should brand it if you haven’t already!
“You listen to the customers needs and were able to use your imagination to come to a solution. Just charming in General. .”
M Micmann - square
I absolutely love the "Holiday Black With Red Velvet Star" masks that I ordered. They are extremely comfortable and fashionable; I have received numerous compliments on them.
Loriann -Kensington, Connecticut
My third order-I love your masks! Please enclose a few business cards for me to share as I have been stopped and asked about these masks! Watching for new patterns Thanks.
Barb S. -Denver, CO
We purchased masks from you previously and love them! Thank you!
Karla A. -Kentfield, CA
I just received my first mask, and I love it! Such great quality. Looking forward to a second!
Katherine S. -Huston, TX
We received the mask I ordered and thank you very much for including a second mask. I am now ordering more masks as it seems we are going to need to wear them for the foreseeable future. Thank you so much for making good quality masks for us.
Rae M. -Fairfax, CA
This is FIERCE even with a pandemic going around. Thank you!!
Juliana S. -NY, NY
I adore my masks- get compliments all the time! I even bought a few for my kids. After all.
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