Jenny Carle: 100 Creatives


Number 58: Jenny Carle


City: St. Paul

Years spent living in MN: 26--my whole life!

St. Paul-native Jenny Carle creates fashions ranging from the perfect spring dress for a picnic in the park to striking vintage silhouettes ideal for a posh cocktail party. The classic aesthetic threaded throughout her work makes sense, as the designer often uses vintage, up-cycled, and found textiles, additionally folding in her love of costume history. Over the years Carle's creations have appeared on runways at hip parties including Voltage, Envision, and SCENEaSOTA. 

[jump] Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:


  1. Spring and all of the colors in nature

  2. California

  3. Vintage textiles

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

  1. Nature and organic shapes

  2. Color

  3. Seeing other creative people in the Twin Cities

What was your last big project?


I just got back from California where I had two photo shoots. We shot the fall garments on a beach in Malibu and we shot the summer garments at a beautiful house in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.


What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

I plan to move to L.A.--hopefully this September! I want to gain more experience in the fashion industry and I hope to do so there. I hope to be in California for a year or two, and I plan to continue to sell my garments here in Minnesota.



Creative/career high point (so far)?

It's hard to say. I believe that with each new project that I am a part of I grow as a designer.  So, I guess I would have to say that my last photo shoot in California was a creative high point.

What has been your biggest challenge as a designer?


As a creative person it is hard for me to understand the whole business side to my career. I think that the business/financial aspect is what is holding me back.

How has the local scene changed since you began your career?


The local scene has grown so much since I began designing. There is so much going on, and there is so much support. I only see good things in the future for the fashion scene in Minnesota.

If you could bring back one trend or style from the past, what would it be?  

That's a hard one. I feel like every trend has come back at least a few times already. I love classic silhouettes, so I like to see trends that are always in style but have a modern twist to them.

If you could only see one color for the rest of your life, which color would you choose and why?  


Yellow. It is such a bright and inspiring color. It's a happy color.

To learn more about Jenny Carle, visit her official website.

Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.

Past creatives, so far:

100. Jennifer Davis

99. Sean Smuda

98. Chuck U


96. Amy Rice

95. Kara Hendershot

70. Tim Sievert

67. Dessa

66. Heidi Arneson

65. Erin Currie

64. Jayme Halbritter

63. Amy Buchanan

62. Kimberly Jurek

61. Kenna-Camara Cottman

60. Joan Vorderbruggen

59. Amber Preston