WAYNE, NJ – At seventeen years old, Jade He (pronounced ‘huh’) has added ‘Entrepreneur’ to her list of accomplishments. At this weekend’s Farmer’s Market, He, with the help of her parents, Peter and Jane He, and her sister, Remi Presky, set up her tent and her table and began to sell her fall line of ‘Good Ones’ T-shirts.
He is a Senior at Wayne Hills, a historian for the National Honor Society, co-editor-in-chief of the Wayne Hills yearbook and lead producer of the high school tv production program. “So, I produce our video morning show, our video yearbook and everything that comes off our youtube channel,” she said with a smile. She’s been doing it all since her freshman year.
Why does she do all of this? “I love photography and videography and documenting things. I want to study new media in college, media, graphic design, all that stuff,” said the Wayne Hills senior.
While most high school seniors were sleeping in, He was pursuing her happiness, doing what she feels will help others find their enlightenment by marketing her t-shirts. “It’s Unisex streetwear,” she said about her products. “I’m a Buddhist and we’re all about everyone attaining their enlightenment no matter what their religion. I think you can do that by expressing yourself through art and fashion.”
The budding entrepreneur was starting small with just a few different t-shirts to choose from, but next week she plans to be back at the farmer’s market with more. “We’ll have bleach-dyed shirts that’ll be more punk-rock on October 5th.”
He doesn’t do it alone. “My co-designer is my friend Gina Fata and another friend; Tyler Morales helps me with marketing.”
“I am super proud of her,” said Jane, her mother. “Jade is a very creative soul and has been since birth practically and we just try and support her as much as we can.”
He is not doing this for the money, for her this is about the joy. “It’s just fun. I like making the shirts, I like designing them,” she said. “I like being in control and getting to choose what color the shirts are, what color ink is going on them. Every single aspect, I love it. I would love to be an entrepreneur someday.”
Clearly, she’s already achieved that goal.
To support the young entrepreneur, come by the farmer’s market next week which is held every Saturday through October 19th in the parking lot of the Wayne Municipal Complex or visit her website: www. Goodonesnj.com. Instagram: @goodonesnj