President and Founder of Jannuzzi Clothing
City of residence: Irvine
Family: Husband, Chris; and dog, Fletch
First job: Heidi’s Frogen Yozurt
Who or what inspires you: Design
Advice to other women in business: Find another woman to help you through the bad days and also someone who will celebrate your victories. Plus, always analyze and document your numbers.
Favorite TV show: “The Big Bang Theory” – I’m a nerd at heart. The show is witty and sarcastic, which I find appealing.
« Rose Jannuzzi sees design inspiration everywhere.
“It comes from what’s going on in the world,” she says. “What is the economy like? What movies are people responding to?”
If Jannuzzi is using the entertainment world as a gauge for her designs, then the industry is responding. Jannuzzi’s line of clothing and accessories for babies has been featured on “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” and in People magazine. What began as mothers’ requests for clothing turned into “a big hit.”
Jannuzzi is a long way from her first fashion job at May Co. Since then, she’s held design positions at Wet Seal and Rampage. While at Guess clothing, she was promoted to director of merchandise planning before turning 30.
Now, her Jannuzzi Clothing is a leader in the Make Mine a Million $ Business race, a nationwide competition for businesses owned by women. It’s easy to see why; Jannuzzi Clothing products are available in more than 300 stores nationwide.
“It’s growing exponentially, and it’s all thanks to the business owners and my staff,” Jannuzzi says, “They push me to build my business.”
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