jeska grue is an independent fashion project residing beside the tantramar marshes in sackville, new brunswick. its “namesake,” jeska, grew up down the shore in a nova scotia village that manufactured handmade wooden chairs until its factory burnt down when she was nine months old. everyone lost their livelihoods, and there was insufficient support to ever rebuild. this project draws on what was, what wasn’t able to continue and the dismay that lingered within a community during her childhood.
every garment introduced is numbered, catalogued and available on an ongoing basis just like the furniture once produced in jeska's home village. why discard hard work and sweet threads for the sake of a new fashion season? all clothes are drafted, sampled, graded and sewn by jeska (for now!). fabrics are always natural fibres, usually organic certified and sometimes naturally dyed in jeska’s backyard using imported dyestuffs, but also foraged weeds and compost. the studio is located on a little side street in town next to a swamp full of distracting ducks. when you purchase an item, you are purchasing a thought-out craft object combining labour, exasperation and love. you are also supporting a small endeavour grounded in critical principles with a long-term goal to (re)develop local manufacturing and provide stable employment.
jeska was trained in industrial seamstressing, bespoke tailoring and historical pattern drafting through the costume studies program at dalhousie university, which she completed in 2014. she also has a degree in sociology and history.