The Interview — Jordan Jones, Founder of Packed Party
Jordan Jones is the founder and CEO of Packed Party, a lifestyle gifting business that allows customers to send a "party for one" package and single, party-themed products to yourself or a friend. Jones graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Strategic Media and Communications. She lived in Dallas, TX and worked in marketing prior to starting Packed Party in San Francisco in 2013. Jones explains, "What started as an after-work side-hustle has become a thriving company with office spaces, a warehouse, employees, customers across the US and major brand partnerships that include Rebecca Minkoff, Soap & Glory, and Reese Witherspoon's brand, Draper James, to name a few." The company is now headquartered in Austin, Texas, and ships worldwide. You can find Packed Party’s products on its website packedparty.com or in retailers like Neiman Marcus, Paper Source, Nordstrom, and more.
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Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable purchase:
Definitely gauchos in high school. I thought I was so cute and there was nothing cute about what was happening with the mess of fabric on me.
Your current netflix addiction:
Since finishing Stranger Things I started watching The Killing and can’t stop! It’s pretty dark, but super good if you’re into murder mystery shows.
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What do you love most about your work:
Product design! I love having an idea and seeing it fully come to life from the concept to the rough sketch to the prototype and then seeing it on a shelf. It’s really rewarding bringing an idea to life and seeing people react to it. It’s a feeling I can’t totally describe.
One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:
You have big plans ahead of you don’t stress—it’ll all work itself out. I remember being so worried and anxious about my “what’s next” when I graduated. I worried so much about what I wanted to major in and put so much pressure on myself. I wish I would have exhaled a little bit, but it’s hard being such a type-a person sometimes!
Skincare product you can’t live without:
I am a skincare fanatic, so this is tough! Probably Peter Thomas Roth’s under eye gel pads if I’m answering rapid fire.
At 9 am each day, you are:
Way into a second cup of coffee and running around my office putting out some kind of fire or answering an email. We are still a small team so we all do a bit of everything. I feel like a professional juggler every day.
Your celebrity crush and why:
It’s a tie between Josh Hartnett in Pearl Harbor and Leonardo DiCaprio. The girls on my team tease me I like "Leo" in all his forms that surface on the internet…chubby Leo, drunk Leo, posh Leo on a yacht, really any kind of Leo.
The trend you hope never goes out of style:
Overalls. I love overalls so much!
What’s a trend you predict will catch on this year:
I’ve loved pom pom anything since I was little and felt like it really caught on fire last year which was fun with us making so many products with poms, but this year I’m praying for lots of metallics. We’re incorporating them in a lot of our new Fall 2018 products so let’s hope they do, ha!
Something you never see going out of style is:
A good sense of humor and being real with people. I pride myself on always keeping it very real with anyone I meet so I hope people always do the same for me. No sense in trying to be who we aren’t.