Janet Russo opened a store on Nantucket and began making colorful cotton dresses for her friends. After spending time in Paris, Janet was inspired to create a line of clothes that could be sold to other stores as well. Janet moved to NYC and developed the” Janet Russo” line and sold her clothes to over 100 stores. Geraldine Stutz, the President of Henri Bendel, opened a Janet Russo shop on the 4th floor of what was then the preeminent store in New York. Janet went on to open two stores in New York and one in Newport, R.I. The clothes were often described as timeless, feminine and quietly sexy in a simple and charming way.
Janet currently lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband the painter, Bill Jacklin and their daughter Jasmine. She continues to contribute her views on design in various ways. Her love of fabrics and beautiful things is always alive and fun.