"Ricochet believes that the root of Mother Nature is to care and be eco-conscious about the environment."
In today's world, where the burdens of society seem to be weighing down more heavily than before, where jobs are harder to come by, where industries are increasingly becoming more cutthroat/demanding, and where important issues such as environmentalism and community are taking a backseat to life's daily pressures, Ricochet stands out as a pioneer determined to do its part to make the world a better place.
Originally established as a women and children's consignment shop in 1996, Ricochet was founded by European designer Jill Pillot, who breathes new life into rescued materials through the process of "up-cycling," turning them into unique, wearable works of art. Her chic looks for women and cute, comfortable clothes for kids have won many awards and, more importantly, make people smile and satisfy the community she serves. Jill was also a featured designer during Bay Area Fashion Week 2012 as well as a RAW Artists finalist, and represents Ricochet as a small business committed to promoting creativity with a socially responsible and green way of thinking.
Ricochet is also a place where local artists and designers have the opportunity to present and sell their work.
Ricochet invites those looking to add one-of-a-kind pieces to their wardrobes to visit our San Mateo location. If visitors are still left wanting something truly unique, Ricochet welcomes guests to bring in their unworn garments and/or materials, such as old wedding dresses or clothes with sentimental or monetary value, so that Jill can add her personal touch to transform those unwanted pieces into truly special wearable works of art while helping the environment and preserving the sentiment behind each piece for her customers.
Ricochet Wearable Art shows that fashion can be affordable, sustainable and beautiful. Along with a significant focus on creative expression, Ricochet holds its core values of sustainability, community, and eco-consciousness at the center of everything it does.
Along with its commitment to the environment, Ricochet is invested in our youth, providing an open door for students and young professionals to develop their skills for success in today's demanding and oftentimes disheartening fashion industry. Ricochet's Wearable Art Academy Internship Program fosters a collaborative learning environment that helps students grow their ideas while expanding their skill set and building their confidence. The Academy's Internship Program is a personalized learning experience that is open to students of any background or skill set. Depending on the applicant's interests, both business and sewing internships are offered. Ricochet aims to be a helping hand for students in their transition to a successful career.
Since 2006, Ricochet has supported the local community with sewing classes, internships, and charitable events. Ricochet offers a number of sewing classes suitable for beginners and advanced sewers alike. Whatever the skill level, Jill will personalize her approach to each student to take their abilities to the next level. Classes are small in size, allowing for one-on-one interaction with Jill in order to offer personal attention and feedback to each student.