After more than a decade of struggling to find classic, high quality, and easy-to-care for professional work clothing and accessories, KaLeena Thomas decided to stop shopping and start the solution. In January 2021, she launched J. Margaret Weaver, a brand specializing in simple and smart work clothing for women. Her vision is to empower and simplify life for women by streamlining the first decision you make every day – what am I going to wear?
The concept for J. Margaret Weaver came to KaLeena after spending years scouring retail stores and websites to try and find classic, work-appropriate clothing that minimized the attention on her appearance and maximized attention on her performance. She saw universal issues: tops were sheer or had a low neckline, skirts were too short or finished in loud fabrics, dresses were sleeveless and not conducive to chilly office temperatures, and clothing was often adorned with ruffles and large bows. Adding to the list of issues, most fabrics were dry-clean only, adding time to her errands every week and draining her bank account. After becoming a mom, KaLeena had even less time to spend on shopping, laundry, and getting ready in the morning, and wanted a simple “uniform” to pull out every day.
Each of our pieces are named through a nomination and selection process whereby someone shares information on a woman who has made a positive contribution in her life. We've recognized mentors, moms, grandmothers, and bosses so far, and look forward to continuing to highlight more incredible women! If your nominee is selected, we will reach out to you for more information on your story. We will also ask for a photo to use. As a thank you, your nominee will also receive her namesake piece in her color and size choice.
Want to honor someone? Nominate them in two minutes here.