Meet the Designers Jack Laing & Alice Russell
CJ LAING was founded in 2008 after Jack and Ali opened their first store together in Palm Beach. Combining Jack’s experience in designing and manufacturing clothing, with Ali’s artistic expertise and ability, their joint business was born. With dual degrees in fashion design and business, Jack spent years living and working in New York, India, Hong Kong and China, where he developed both professional relationships, and a deep knowledge of where and how to support the finest artisans. Ali grew up in New York and Hawaii, with a dual degree in art history and studio art. From the start, her sense of color and form became an essential element to their success.
Over the years, the CJ LAING brand continued to grow, building on the success of their original Palm Beach store. They went on to open stores in Nantucket and Aspen, as well as developing their wholesale business. At the core of their ethos is a dedication to offering original, beautiful prints and embroideries, natural fabrics and flattering shapes that suit women of any age. Ali and Jack have developed close relationships with the talented people who make their collection, as well as the communities in which they live and work, forging friendships and supporting local initiatives.