Jane Winkworth

Fashion

With a passion for fashion and obviously being known as the 'Queen of the ballet flat' - I couldn't possibly not have an area dedicated entirely to my fashion world - so here it is - enjoy!

Smoking Hot! December 01st 2016

Gentleman's Smoking Slippers or Opera Slippers as they are sometimes called, were a unique fashion phenomena during the Victorian era and exclusive to the upper class and aristocratic Englishman who would have these "manly" versions of a house slipper made to order especially to match their silk, embroidered – and often quilted - smoking jackets, which would be worn on evenings that were spent at home, perhaps playing cards with friends while they enjoyed the pleasure of smoking cigars.

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‘Kick off your Heels’: Team Flats! May 24th 2016

The debate surrounding heels versus flats in the workplace seems to have stirred much discussion and controversy around appropriate dress codes in the office recently. More than 100,000 people including a number of MPs have signed a petition to ban companies from making high heels a condition of female dress codes. I am very much in agreement that formal flats should be considered a highly suitable alternative and no woman should be forced to wear heels.  I am such a believer in this that I have continued to produce and design both comfortable and stylish flats for my brand French Sole.

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Categories: Fashion, Press

Spring is Here! April 19th 2016

Finally we have sunshine and spring is very definitely in the air.

The daffodils in my garden did not suffer at all from their early blooming and now the bluebell wood is in full colour and looks amazing. My little dachshund Daphne is addicted to the scent in my Bluebell garden and will madly run around for hours through the flowers.

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Helping Battersea Dogs and Cats Home November 11th 2015

I first met Rosie Fortescue a couple of years ago and we started talking about our dogs! Rosie was always my favourite "Made in Chelsea" girl - we decided that we both wanted to help Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and since Rosie and I each have miniature dachshunds - mine is Daphne and hers is Noodle - we designed a shoe together embroidered with our little "daxies”! So the Little Dax shoe was born. A gorgeous black suede Hefner style slipper with the Little Dax embroidered across the front of both shoes.

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What a Liberty ! July 07th 2015

Liberty is such an iconic store with a brand heritage famous in my family for the past four generations as my mother, myself, my daughter and my granddaughters have all worn pretty little dresses made from their delicately flowered lawn fabrics.

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Kilver Court October 13th 2014

I have been possibly Roger Saul’s most devoted fan since I bought the most beautiful belt back in the early seventies - in fact that belt was so admired that I wore it for years and years until it finally fell apart - but I loved it and can still feel the leather and see the buckle and feel the feeling of slipping it through the loops of my Levi jeans - mmmmmmm!!

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Love your shoes September 02nd 2014

Since I first started my long career in shoe making over twenty five years ago - it has never ceased to amaze me at the complete lack of attention many women pay to the care of their shoes - sometimes shoes that have cost very large sums of money.

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“Sometimes”........ March 18th 2014

About a year ago I was approached by the Los Angeles based lifestyle company tokidoki to form a collaborative partnership to design and manufacture a range of shoes to be sold under our American label London Sole.
I was honoured and very excited by this project as I have known about this amazing brand for several years and watched in awe at their incredible global success with fashion collaborations with such luminaries as Karl Lagerfeld, Barbie and Hello Kitty who sell out completely of their tokidoki themed designs. NetaPorter sold out of the tokidoki scarves by Karl Lagerfeld within two days, so I knew this was going to be a serious design challenge for me.

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Happy 4th of July July 04th 2013

To all my American family and friends, to my American nephew Joe, to my (very much younger) American brother Jim, currently on tour with Maroon Five, to my American daughter-in-law, the acclaimed author Jennifer L Scott and her lovely family, including my adored American granddaughters, my (almost) American son Ben who owns and runs our sister brand throughout the USA, London Sole and his overweight American chihuahua dog “Gatsby” and to my many American friends everywhere, both here in London and in the United States and of course last but by no means least - my dearest, wonderful and loyal staff at London Sole including Maggie, Jackie and Jae and my truly best American girlfriend - Eileen - the greatest realtor on the planet!

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Categories: Fashion, Home & Away

Cool Britannia! March 30th 2012

As the country gears up for the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic games, Jess Contomichalos chats to Jane Winkworth, founder and designer behind the quintessentially British, fashion brand, French Sole to find out her thoughts and memories of the Best of British fashion, art and culture.

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Categories: Fashion, My Week

Guest Blog - Antonia Scott January 25th 2012

Every month Jane will be inviting a Guest Blogger to write for her website! This month we hear from Jane’s lifelong friend Antonia Scott, who recalls growing up in the 50’s with Jane, embracing the fabulously explosive 60’s and how they found fashion and ultimately a love of shoes!

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Categories: Fashion, My Week

Cupboard Love! January 11th 2012

I wish I could say “Less is More” where my clothes are concerned. I wish I could exist on a small, smart, designer Capsule Wardrobe - just a few basic staples etc - Well I can’t! For me, more is more - and more and more! I am in the very enviable situation of having a huge house which is occupied these days by just myself, my husband, several dogs and the occasional visiting grandchild.

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Categories: Fashion, My Week

Back to My Roots! December 05th 2011

(Blonde) hair today - gone tomorrow! Being part of the fashion world can be quite a bit responsibility and a strain I have to keep on top of fashion and trends…or create my own! Well, I am now going to share with you my new look. I have discovered that feeling comfortable within is the best way forward! Too many women are under terrible strain to look beautiful and wrinkle free - I say the best way is to be natural and relieve yourself of all that awful high maintenance pressure - beauty comes from within (and a few carefully chosen beauty products!)

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Categories: Fashion, My Week

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