Since launching JANKELE (yan-ke-le) in 2012, Jacqueline Popovic has quickly become recognized for her unique approach to embroidery with her custom pop-couture accessories and millinery collections, which was recently expanded to include swimwear. Jacqueline’s work has been shown at Miami Art Basel, London Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Swim Week, the Tiffany’s Blue Book Ball, and a curated group show at The Lodge Gallery including 28 contemporary artists comprised of paintings and drawings inspired by JANKELE’s first collection. In less than two years JANKELE has garnered press attention with editorial content featured in The London Times, Vogue UK, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post Style, The Miami Herald, among others. JANKELE’s collection of Mohawks, “The New Crown”, a progressive take on traditional headwear, is currently showcasing in London.
Prior to opening her own studio, Jacqueline held positions at Carolina Herrera, Bergdorf Goodman and Versace. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a Major in Design Marketing and Management and a Minor in Art History from Parsons School of Design, but JANKELE was inspired by her parents, ignited by her mother’s bold aesthetic and nurtured by her late father’s meticulous nature for whom the brand is named. Jacqueline’s presentation of detail and flourish has been received as both modern and rare. By focusing on needlecraft technique and materials, her pieces achieve multi-layered textures and dimensions. This labor-intensive process uses embroidery with rough-cut stones as well as synthetic crystals, ultimately embracing a full-bodied multi-dimensional object, producing wearable and covetable collections for the bold and fierce. The studio is currently working on capsule collections, as well as custom commissions. Jacqueline resides in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, where she continues to be inspired by the art and artists that surround her every day.