Jacalyn E.S. Bennett is the President and Founder of Bennett and Company. She founded Bennett and Company in 1985 and built a company that embraces Gandhian principles, ecology, human rights and social consciousness. Our Mission Statement includes “Respect and value our employees and supply chain partners by giving back to the communities in which we work.” Prior to founding Bennett and Company, she founded Trueway & GJM, as well as working in numerous management positions at the Limited Corporation. With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the apparel industry, including Trend, Concept, Pattern Making, Technical and Textile Development, Jacalyn has won accolades as one of the best lingerie designers of the country. She is the youngest recipient of the Mortimer C. Ritter Alumni Award from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Jacalyn’s focus on Eco-minded Manufacturing, combined with Social Responsibility, results in a global corporation whose mission is to understand and fulfill the needs of a woman’s demanding lifestyle, creating beautiful lingerie that is unique, affordable and produced with the most minimal environmental footprint possible. Bennett and Company is proud to be a member of the Organic Textile Exchange. We design and ship eco friendly product to several major retailers, using fabric and laces comprised wholly or in part of bamboo, soybean, milk fiber, charcoal and recycled polyester.
In 2010, Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company was certified as a women-owned business by Women's Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC's national standard certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.
Jacalyn Bennett is the company President, CEO and Head Designer, as well as a benevolent philanthropist. For 30 years, she has unwaveringly supported organizations for social justice and peace such as Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka. With a lifelong mission to support and protect women and children against abuse and violence, Jacalyn’s consistent financial support of Sarvodaya Suwasetha has given outcast young mothers with babies an opportunity to have a place to stay and to learn a trade. Jacalyn helped found Sati Creations, a company and factory established with the purpose of providing jobs for these young mothers. As well as donating much needed sewing machines, Jacalyn supplied leftover fabric used to make handicrafts sold to benefit Sarvodaya Suwasetha. In 1990, Jacalyn helped found Vishva Niketan International Peace and Meditation Center in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. After the tragic Tsunami, Jacalyn traveled to Sri Lanka and assisted in the relief effort for 2 months. In 2008, she sponsored Dr. Charika Mariainghe, founder of Child’s Rights Law International, to attend the annual Buddhist Women’s Conference to receive the 2008 Woman and Engaged Buddhism Award.
With her unwavering dedication to provide educational opportunities for under-privileged children, Jacalyn established scholarship programs through the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Essex County Community Foundation and GUA Africa’s Leer Academy. She funded the building of a pre-school, with apartments upstairs, which serves the children given refuge in Sarvodaya.
Jacalyn is the founding member of Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, a 30 year supporter of Vipassana Mediation and Insight Meditation in her home state of Massachusetts and was instrumental in helping found the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.
In keeping with her philosophy to support her community, Jacalyn supports local Police & Fire departments, The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport, a center against domestic violence and abuse, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Custom House Maritime Museum and Lowell’s Boat Shop. Jacalyn sits on the board of directors of Odonata, which is in the process of developing an Ecovillage in Essex County, Massachusetts. Jacalyn also makes many charitable contributions to the IMS (Insight Meditation Center), Threshold, Edith Warton’s The Mount, Peabody Essex Museum, The Garrison Institute, we well as bringing it home to Newburyport, MA by supporting Anna Jaques Hospital.