Jess Hannah Révész, Founder And Designer, J. Hannah


“I’m detail-oriented and I really like making issues with my palms, so making jewellery felt pure for me. They’re basically tiny sculptures. I began making my very own bracelets with string and lanyard at summer time camp, after which in highschool my mother purchased me a e book on wire-wrapped jewellery on the craft retailer. At that time, jewellery was nonetheless very a lot a interest.

I went to school at Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo for graphic communication, which is simply an ambiguous method of claiming print and digital media research. I could not afford the jewellery that I used to be lusting after, so I began to surprise how I may make issues like that myself. On the time I used to be actually into Catbird. I began strolling into jewellery shops and asking how I may learn to do what they do, which trying again sounds so humorous. I used to be so naïve! However I ended up getting referred to this girl who taught metalsmithing out of her storage, and I began taking classes together with her. Ultimately, after I was a senior, I arrange a bench in my bed room and would watch stone setting movies on YouTube to apply alone. I opened a window whereas I labored, however I don’t assume my roommates have been too happy concerning the ever-present metallic mud coming from my room.

After graduating I utilized to a bunch of random editorial jobs that I used to be very a lot unqualified for—clearly, I ended up jobless. Pursuing graphic design felt like an obligation due to my diploma, however all I actually wished to do with my time was make jewellery. It ended up being a superb factor that I didn’t get a ‘actual job’—I began an apprenticeship with a jewellery maker as a substitute, and that’s the place I acquired my first style of what a profession in jewellery would appear like. I used to be simply studying one thing yesterday concerning the artist Donald Judd and his idea of ‘quick pondering,’ which is actually pondering so quick that you simply don’t have time to research. There’s clearly the chance you’ll fail, however you additionally may fall into the factor that you simply’re speculated to do. I wouldn’t say there was an aha second after I realized making jewellery was what I wished to do for a residing, however as soon as I ended telling myself it didn’t must be only a interest, all the pieces clicked into place.

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I did that apprenticeship for rather less than a 12 months, and through that point, I used to be additionally making and promoting items to mates on the aspect. I had the instruments to make a brand and web site myself—that’s what I discovered at school. Then I made a small assortment of jewellery which, trying again on it, was ugly. After I began out I used to be very restricted by my talent set. I discovered hand fabrication, which was nice as a result of now I perceive development and may assume in millimeters, however there have been a number of issues I couldn’t do. I took horrible photographs of what I had and simply put it out into the world. In 2016 I began devoting my full consideration to J. Hannah as a model, and I launched Nailpolish a 12 months later. I considered nail polish principally as a result of I’m a former nail biter, and a coat of polish actually helps curb that impulse for me. However from a model perspective, it felt essential to acknowledge that superb jewellery is just not accessible to most individuals. I wished to make one thing that would embody a wider viewers, particularly as a result of on the time we had constructed a superb following on social media. Nail polish additionally felt holistically associated to jewellery, since you’re nonetheless adorning your hand. We name them ‘handscapes.’ We simply launched a mini polish set impressed by the MET Costume Institute Exhibit you can purchase on the MET or on-line, and that type of interdisciplinary partnership has actually fueled my need to discover different classes. I’m positive we’ll unveil them in due time.

As soon as I ended telling myself it didn’t must be only a interest, all the pieces clicked into place.

I’ve not too long ago been pondering rather a lot about choice feminism. It’s mainly the concept that something a lady or female figuring out individual chooses for herself could be empowering. I are likely to agree with that on a private stage, as a result of typically the extra historically feminist path is just not essentially the one which makes me really feel my greatest—for instance, a lash carry and the occasional injectable make me really feel my private greatest. However I don’t assume that type of pondering is scalable in a method that might contribute to progress. I discover it mentally stimulating to query and perceive magnificence requirements, and on the similar time having the ability to criticize it does not absolve me of private fault. I assume what I’m attempting to say is that we are able to all have a extra dialectical strategy to those issues. Is it useful to your personal psychological well being to not really feel your greatest simply because you’ve gotten consciousness of the unlucky techniques and influences that formed these beliefs? I do not know the reply, however I do know it is difficult. Issues are not often black and white, and admittedly, I do a number of issues to seem low upkeep.

I’m 29 and solely not too long ago began breaking out—it made me understand I truly had no concept the best way to take care of my pores and skin. I even have a pores and skin selecting subject, which I’ve extra not too long ago understood is a type of OCD. I was embarrassed to speak about it, however the extra I did, the extra I noticed a number of mates cope with this type of factor too. What’s labored greatest for me is figuring out the second I discover myself needing to do one thing with my nervous vitality and discovering a wholesome substitute habits. I make sure that I’ve one thing I can attain for—like, proper now I am utilizing an acupressure finger massager. They’re inexpensive and I preserve them in each bag, pocket and desk drawer. It additionally by some means helps me focus higher, which is an added bonus. Our Pivot Rings, which we not too long ago launched, was my try at designing a extra elevated model of a fidget toy. The center ring spins freely, and aesthetically it’s totally delicate and stylish. By way of my pores and skin, I simply assume some selecting is inevitable. I did a deep dive and located that vitamin C, niacinamide, and retinoids are one of the best for pimples scars. I additionally love the Zitsticka Hyperfade patches—I feel these work very well.

I was embarrassed to speak about it, however the extra I did, the extra I noticed a number of mates cope with this type of factor too.

My present routine was principally knowledgeable by YouTube skincare gurus, however my Botox injector Vanessa Lee at The Things We Do additionally gave me some good recommendation. She mentioned to ditch the costly merchandise and go for easier, extra inexpensive issues. Now I wash my face with Youth To The People’s Superfood Cleanser, and observe that with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and Zinc serum. The gurus say that’s good for breakouts, and it appears to be working. Within the daytime I exploit Sunday Riley’s UFO oil as a substitute of a moisturizer, and at night time I exploit A313 cream which is a retinoid. Generally I additionally use Youth To The People’s Superberry Overnight Mask, which has vitamin C in it to assist lighten my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I’ll say, not all masks are made for use in a single day—if a masks says to maintain it on for simply 5 minutes, you most positively ought to do this. Just a few weeks in the past I ended up giving myself a primary diploma burn by pondering an lively masks would work higher if I slept in it. Lesson discovered. Golde’s Clean Greens and Lesse’s Bioactive Masque are each fairly mild, and the truth that they’re inexperienced and blue respectively makes them very conducive for selfies.

I prefer to joke about having face tattoos as a result of my brows are microbladed. In all seriousness, I do assume it is essential to go to someone actually good as a result of it’s so everlasting. I’m going to Christina at Sugarin Studio, and get lash lifts from her as nicely. I like that I don’t must cope with the bizarre shedding that occurs with lash extensions, and I don’t must assault my pure lashes with a roller each day both. I not too long ago found this mascara that I preach about it as if it is the phrase of God. It’s from a Korean model referred to as Flowfushi—I discovered their Brown eyeliner at Dover Street Market, and wanted to know what else they made as a result of I had an inkling it could be good. They don’t truly promote this mascara in America. It’s speculated to be clear, for those who look intently it has a type of grey tint and it’s crammed with little fibers. I apply it to my eyelashes and my eyebrows and it makes them look outlined and longer, however not like I’m sporting something. I don’t know if I’m describing it nicely as a result of it’s so unusual, but it surely may severely be magic. There’s one other brown gel eyeliner I really like from Thrive, and I exploit that one after I need to smudge it out. Then I simply use Glossier concealer as a result of it appears like pores and skin, and if I’m feeling slightly fancy, a Noto stain on my lips and cheeks. My favourite is this brick-ish orange color—I are likely to keep away from something too pink or sparkly.

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I’m going to Spoke & Weal in LA, and see Dell for shade and Lindsay for cuts. I introduced in a photograph of my good friend’s one-year-old daughter as a reference for my highlights, and it’s humorous as a result of the approach they used is definitely referred to as child lights. I personally prefer to confer with my hair shade as fawn… I’m into shade names. They use this system referred to as dry chopping, and I feel that’s why I’m in a position to obtain this swoopy factor with my entrance items. Individuals ask me on a regular basis how I do it, however I’d attribute it to a superb haircut. I exploit Kristin Ess’ purple shampoo and conditioner to maintain my highlights from getting brassy, and I additionally like her beach wave product. That line is nice as a result of it’s very inexpensive and doesn’t have a drugstore aesthetic to the packaging. I even have a twig bottle that I combine water and salt in—normally I simply use Himalayan salt from my kitchen, however not too long ago I attempted utilizing Epsom salt and I used to be stunned how nicely that labored. If I must refresh my waves after I get up, I spray it throughout with that concoction.

I exploit Dr. Bronner’s body wash, however I’m not an evangelist about it or something. I’ll use no matter. I do all the time use a security razor and physique oil to shave my legs. I truly really feel like my legs are softer after I shave with oil, and even with conditioner, slightly than shaving cream. I’ll both use common vitamin E oil from Trader Joe’s or the oil from F. Miller, who’s a good friend of mine. After I get out of the bathe I exploit a lotion that my mother makes. She makes use of calendula that she grows in her yard, and mixes it with shea butter and apricot oil. That feels actually particular.

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In terms of train, an important factor for me is that I’m doing one thing that I get pleasure from. I’ve a really brief consideration span so if it is not enjoyable, I will dread doing it and ultimately give up. I can also’t do something over 45 minutes. If a category is an hour, I’m out. I like yoga, I like stretching… I used to do reformer Pilates rather a lot, and I not too long ago discovered a number of locations in LA doing outside lessons. I additionally stroll my canine Ruby twice a day, which is nice train. And I really like dancing. I am not nice at choreography, however I really like to attach with my physique and let go. That feels prefer it’s good for my mind.

I all the time aspired to have a signature scent, however I by no means felt like something was fairly me. I fell in love with the web description of La Curie’s Scent No. 1 at Kindred Black and ordered it on impulse, and I used to be pleasantly delighted to study it’s all the pieces I had hoped for. It’s the right stability of female and masculine, and it doesn’t scent overly candy or floral. Kindred Black is a extremely cool retailer. They’ve a bit they name ‘gradual apothecary,’ and it’s crammed with skincare, oils, and fragrances all in hand-blown glass bottles. Watch out as a result of it’s additionally actually costly and exhausting to withstand. I wished to get a journey sized rollerball of the perfume, as a result of I didn’t need to take the large glass bottle with me. I emailed the perfumer immediately and was like, ‘Hello, I am obsessive about you, let me let you know about what this scent you made means to me,’ and he responded the following day.

I am not nice at choreography, however I really like to attach with my physique and let go. That feels prefer it’s good for my mind.

I by no means felt just like the nail colours I noticed available on the market have been as nuanced as I’d have preferred, so with J. Hannah I wished to make shades for others who felt the identical method. My private favourite is Akoya. It’s sheer, so even when I’m doing it on myself it’s nearly unattainable to mess up. It catches the sunshine on this actually beautiful method, and it appears actually particular. For different nail merchandise, I like issues which have good fundamental design, are easy in kind, and do what they’re speculated to do. I actually like glass nail recordsdata—by no means cardboard ones. And I’ve this cool black Japanese nail clipper that catches the nails in order that they’re not flying in all places. I’m a sucker for issues which can be properly designed and all issues tiny, so I really like this Uka roll-on cuticle oil. I preserve the Nécessaire hand cream in my bag, however at night time I like to make use of oils as a substitute. I really like the oils from F. Miller, Klur, Esker, Noto… I’ve a number of mates who make nice oils. I’ll simply put some throughout my palms at night time earlier than mattress, and I all the time rub the surplus on my legs.”

—as instructed to ITG

Jess Hannah Révész photographed by Felisha Tolentino on October 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.