After I sold French Sole back in late 2017, I planned to completely retire, do nothing at all - just laze around enjoying life, my grandchildren and planning renovations in my garden.
This Summer has been truly wonderful and now Autumn is approaching fast and it’s time to think about winter boots and party shoes.
It has been almost two months now that I have been residing in my home in California. I have been soaking in the sunshine as much as I can, and the Santa Monica beach is my go-to spot for relaxation. The longer I stay here the more and more fascinated I become with the Californian lifestyle.
It’s hard to believe that this year celebrates my twenty fifth year at French Sole and so we decided to make a big splash by investing in a big budget photo shoot here in wonderful sunny California where I have a home.
Christmas is now firmly upon us and the year is drawing to a close…
Two weeks ago on a Tuesday evening our worst nightmare occurred in our lovely Mayfair showroom and offices.
Fire had broken out deep within the cavity space between two walls, it was only because the smoke and heat was so intense that the girls downstairs in our store were alerted and able to call the Fire Brigade.
Firemen from three stations were on the scene with four engines within minutes of our call. This was the night before their day of action on the Wednesday.
They were due to go off shift but without hesitation, they were there and they saved our building from total and complete devastation and destruction.
August is here at last and the weather is completely gorgeous.
This month sees the opening of my two latest French Sole stores located in Manilla and Beijing…
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!
With her roots firmly planted in the UK, Jane’s country house is as you would expect - quintessentially English, comfortable and traditional. Her beautiful Arts & Crafts home nestles in the glorious, leafy Surrey countryside and offers Jane a retreat from the business world and somewhere her family, for the past 30 years, have always called ‘home’.
When you are running a global business, it is important to be able to really get away from it all sometimes. For Jane, this means escaping from the bustle of London or L.A. and to retreating to her Portuguese home twice a year - this is her ultimate sanctuary.