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Grateful for you. - JON BLANCO

Grateful for you.

Hi there, friends.  

My name is Anthony. Let me introduce myself.  

I started working on JON BLANCO in 2018 in a small studio apartment in South St. Louis. I had recently moved to the city. I didn't know many people and I was struggling with the transition to a "9-5" workday. Feeling unfulfilled , I spent time on the nights and weekends to try creative projects. I was looking for inspiration.

We did our first pop up event at the end of 2019. Not knowing what to do or how to do it, we began our long journey of learning. We were the only apparel-focused artisan at our local farmers' market at the time. We constantly fielded questions about "why here?" (It must have been strange to see shirts and hats at a farmers' market).  

During 2020, we temporarily paused doing in person pop up events. Living with asthma since I was young, the news of a severe respiratory illness kept me out of the market scene - for better or for worse. 2020 was tough. I almost quit this dream multiple times. But something kept me coming back to my designs.  

As 2021 approached, I made a commitment to myself that I would double down on my vision. Since then, we have consistently done in person pop up events, averaging close to 75-100 events every year. This has been in additional to balancing full-time jobs, doing all of the "behind the scenes" work of running a business (it is endless), maintaining relationships with friends and visiting family who lives out of state (and out of country). The best things in life aren't easy.  

Fast forward to today: Here we are on Thanksgiving Day in 2023. What a journey!  

To our customers, Thank you.  None of this would have been possible without the support of incredible people like you.  

I promise to continue to make JON BLANCO the best brand it can be over the coming years.  

Our vision remains: To be one of the most cutting edge sustainable apparel brands in the United States of America. To make people feel better and to make the world a better place.

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