Jane Winkworth

Goodbye to Summer and welcome French Sole Canada September 09th 2015

This Summer has been truly wonderful and now Autumn is approaching fast and it’s time to think about winter boots and party shoes.

My American granddaughters arrived to stay with us for their summer holidays and this image perfectly depicts the happiest of times for me this year.

French Sole gets busier and continues to flourish now that we have a strong management team and it’s goodbye at long last to the bad old days of the recession. We are about to open a French Sole store in Vancouver (October 15th ) the first of three planned Canadian stores and also in Kuwait (October) and South Korea joining Malaysia, Beijing and Manilla.

The Outlet Store at Swallowfield is absolutely packed full every Friday and Saturday and shoppers are visiting us from all over the world - making special trips down from London to shop ! It reminds me of the days when our annual sale would attract thousands of visitors all queuing patiently to be let into the huge warehouse that housed our two day event every year.

The senior management team are now up and running and with the new directors, managers, buyers, merchandisers, account managers, digital marketing people and a wonderful press and PR team - French Sole are all set to take the world by storm once more.

Most exciting of all is the new Jane Winkworth collection - yes, you heard it here first - I am launching a collection of heels for parties and occasion wear ,weddings and special dates - featuring a full range of heels from kitten, to mid height to sky high !!! This has been a long time coming and in the pipeline for several years. The collection will be eponymous for the first time and all the shoes will be made in Italy.

The accessories collection, all also under my own name has been a runaway success and we have been so fortunate to have such a wonderful and experienced handbag company making our beautiful leather bags for us together with the cashmere scarf collection featuring the poodles that we are so famous for which is a completely British venture.

The new Jane Winkworth shoe collection will be launched next year through all our own stores and through our distributors and franchise partners - so watch this space. London Sole re-launches later this year with a complete re-vamp and a new Ecommerce site.

Lastly, our newest addition to the family - my miniature dachshund Daphne has been helping Rosie Fortescue’s dachshund Noodle in raising funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

French Sole are planning a Dachshund’s Tea Party later this year for celebs with little Daxies - Daphne of course will be the prettiest !

Categories: Fashion, Home & Away, Work

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Charities Jane supports:

The Royal ballet school English National Ballet Starlight ACCA The Royal Marsden Havens Hospice