Jenny Polanco (1958-2020) was a Dominican fashion designer, mother of two, entrepreneur and trailblazer, who achieved international acclaim and success throughout a career that spanned almost four decades.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Jenny defined her own space in the fashion industry with a sophisticated vision of Caribbean chic that in her own words established “a fluid dialogue between classic avant-garde style and essential elements from my region”.
She possessed a unique ability to delicately fuse clean lines, drapes and exquisite cuts with handcrafted details of the Dominican vernacular, including buttons in amber, details in horn, larimar, pearls, mother of pearls, coral and many other autochthonous elements.
Jenny Polanco became one of her country’s most valuable and celebrated designers, owning numerous boutiques throughout the Dominican Republic and showcasing her work around the world, taking immense pride in carrying the “Made in DR” seal.
Her exquisite taste, endless pursuit for excellence, and ingenuity made Jenny realize new possibilities for her brand with every collection, creating timeless pieces that would forever be treasured by the most discerning clientele.
A visionary, Jenny Polanco built her brand on sustainability principles from the outset and created an ethical brand with a strong national identity. She was a mentor and supporter to many emerging talents and worked with several nonprofits and organizations, most notably La Aldea Cultural Santa Rosa de Lima, where she served as Director for over 6 years.
In 2012, Jenny created -Project- an art space in the Dominican town of Altos de Chavón, where young designers and artisans continue to this day to have the opportunity to host pop up shops and events displaying their work.
Jenny was a joyful, multifaceted, fascinating woman. All who knew her were touched by her inspiring and uplifting spirit. Her legacy lives on…