Jason E.C. Wright
I run a creative production bureau,
designing garb, objects, spaces, + identities that expand an ideal or a solution.
Basically, I believe in people for a living; creating expanded universes around the people + projects I believe in.
What steps did you take to get where you are now?
I studied Fashion Merchandising in undergrad. After graduating in 2003, I moved into buying + floor merchandising/design for several corporate + independent retailers over the years, from seasonal edits to inaugural store openings + trainings.
In 2011, I moved from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to open the inaugural flagship for streetwear brand DOPE on Fairfax, running their complete retail operations until 2013.
From there, pivoted to consulting + brand development for independent fashion brands, ranging from creative direction to production management. In 2014, The Vanishing Gallerie was formed as a creative production bureau to expand on these works, with clients spanning Au Courant PARIS, Taj Stansberry, Open Road Films x BBC x DOPE, The 14th Factory, + APRL.
Many programming + temporary installations later, I signed on as Consulting Director of Operations + Retail for Pocket Square Clothing, opening their inaugural flagship boutique + running operations from 2016 - 2018.
As of February 2018, I refined the vision + direction of my bureau. The Vanishing Gallerie’s focus is designing garb + brand identities, while producing spaces that expand on designers + their works.
For other people in your field, what do they usually lack?
Organization. Protocol. A solid, clear vision, with a viable plan of action to make it real.
Getting it all out of the head, + mapping it into a yellow brick road.
But perhaps the biggest thing is Support: many creatives simply lack someone that ‘gets’ them,
that genuinely believes in them + their dreams, as well as the right team + plan to make those ideals realities.
What are you working on right now?
ALCHEMY 101 : monthly workshop teaching creatives how to get their creative sh*t together. from random ideas to proof of concept in two hours.
The Vanishing Sálon : producing a series of temporary, creator-centered sálon’s to engage with the individuals + their works more intimately.
bureau works (The Vanishing Gallerie) : limited brand identity + design work for private clients (corporate/independent)
atelier:terrehaute : Developing a uniform system of tailoring, with a focus on well-traveled influential women in design + progressive fields.
We are all Slashies with multiple skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?
Travel internationally. There are so many places to explore, conversations to have, creatives to encounter, learn from, + celebrate. Not to mention the international friends I have made in the past 15+ years in the industry.
I have been adamantly working to earn + pay down the USD 30,000.00 hold that exists on my passport. I look eagerly forward to the day this is complete, + my travel opportunities are open.
What is frustrating you right now?
Not much, to be quite honest.
I take every instance as good fortune, be it an opportunity of benefit or learning.
If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?
Contributing to one of three databases:
•for atelier:terrehaute : compendium of well-traveled, influential women in key positions in the fields of art, technology, publishing, + design (who they are, their roles, their unique backgrounds, cities they are based, personal/professional sites or profiles)
•for The Vanishing Sálon : independent designers of apparel, furniture, + design practices. (name, practice, website, brief synopsis)
•for The Vanishing Sálon : location research for ideal settings for future sálons (open spaces, residential or industrial loft, unique enclaves; address, sq footage, contact person + rental rates)
Let's bring out the time machine. What do you wish you could have told yourself, when, and why?
I honestly would do everything exactly as it has all occurred. My mistakes, missteps, cataclysms, defeats, lack-of-knowledge, all forced me to become better, taught me valuable lessons/perspective/unique solutions that allow me to be well versed, relatable, + effective in helping others.
If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?
Marketing + genuine public relations.
I’m fantastic at planning strategy of what to do once a person or project is in front of people; the hurdle is understanding how to find + get in front of the right people in the first place, in a genuine manner.
What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for?
I am open for limited projects of brand identity + design, uniform design, + select freelance creative direction or project management roles.
Any creatives wanting to register for ALC101 workshops + get their creative sh*t together.
But primarily seeking out independent, thoughtful designers to champion + expand their universes through The Vanishing Sálon.
Securing brand partnerships/presenting sponsors to underwrite some of these installations will be incredibly beneficial. (audio, publication, or photography entites)
What is your ideal client?
The ideal collaboration is a permanent bricks & mortar space for The Vanishing Gallerie, as a satellite extension of The Costume Institute of The Met, as the MOMA Design Store is a satellite extension of the MOMA.
Contact if you’d like to help.
What is your rate?
Project rates are considered based on scope of works + project budget. Initial one-hour consult runs you coffee + a meal.
Select spot-consulting sessions run at 225.00 / hr.
DESCRIBE A CLIENT/JOB/PARTNER YOU WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE. WHAT ARE YOUR DEAL BREAKERS?
Any opportunity purely driven by result of profit. It limits life of the project, stifled creativity, relies on the shallow + existing, while undercurrent the possibilities of what could-be.
Budget parameters are indeed healthy, for guidelines. Profit as a driver however is hazardous to genuine connectivity + creation.
How should someone approach you about working together?
Email is best. Please include a concise bulleted brief of project + timeline. Allow one to two business days for reply.
This member profile was originally published in October 2015, updated January 2017 and May 2018..