Founder, Jessica McCormack, Walpole Member
Jessica McCormack’s design process is centred on storytelling and nostalgia. She has and innate talent for weaving emotion and history into everything she touches, be it the Party Jacket collection or the house’s ever-changing interiors.
Her childhood spent among the treasures and curiosities of her father’s auction house in New Zealand ignited her passion for exploring an objects past, and a year in the jewellery department at Sotheby’s cemented her passion for fine jewellery.
This led to her meeting diamantaire and art collector Michael Rosenfeld, which in turn enabled her to create one off pieces of diamond jewellery for private clients and ultimately to create the house of Jessica McCormack as it is today.
What are three pieces of advice you would give?
Take risks, trust your instincts and know you clients. Many of my clients have become friends and this relationship is so important to the experience and service we provide.
What are the most important lessons you have learned along your journey?
As the team grows, you must learn to delegate. You also need to learn how to be nimble in an ever-evolving luxury marketplace.
What are the watch outs along the way?
Be strategic in all business decisions. It’s about long term viability not the quick fix and do not lose sight of what first motivated and inspired you.
When you were started out who was your biggest inspiration? And what did they tell you that helped make you a success?
My business partner Michael Rosenfeld discovered me whilst I was interning at Sotheby’s – he was the first person to encourage me to design with diamonds. It wasn’t something he said specifically, but his belief in me and his exceptional knowledge of diamonds was a huge inspiration, and continues to be.