Jess has always loved a funky, quirky T-shirt. As much as she loved a slogan tee, she was really looking for something different, that still made a statement but also embodied something more, so High Tees was born. Utilising her portraiture skills and marrying them with her strong retail experience, Jess created High Tees to celebrate, highlight and bring to the fore amazing Australian and New Zealand icons. ‘Wear your hero’ is the brand’s mantra.
Jess wanted to highlight those people who have significantly contributed to our culture, helped shape the way we are and who we identify ourselves as. They are the glass ceiling breakers, the inventors, the innovators, the pioneers, the political heavyweights, the beloved and treasured.
Jess hand draws all her designs in her Kingsville, West Melbourne garage using Copic markers. She then prints her designs on 100% organic cotton unisex t shirts, 100% organic cotton tea towels, greeting cards and enamel pins.
A significant portion of sales goes to 3 not-for-profits – West Welcome Wagon, GO Foundation and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. In fact, Jess donated over 50% of her profit in FY 2020. High Tees has been worn by Cate Blanchett, Em Rusciano, Clementine Ford, Bernard Curry, Stephen Curry, Michael Lucas, Michelle Law. Corrie Chen, Valerie Taylor, Adam Goodes, Max Gawn to name a few.