Jane Winkworth


French Sole is my absolute passion, I am a self confessed workaholic and I love it! This is where I will share events, latest collections, news and updates regarding French Sole with you. I am also a supporter of various charities and this area will give me the perfect platform to raise awareness for all the causes that I hold dear to my heart...

A new chapter October 26th 2017

I spent this summer at my villa in Portugal with my family and grandchildren who were visiting from their home in California. Lovely long days spent at the beach - mainly watching out for huge and horrible Portuguese “Man of War” jelly fish!

In my long absence, French Sole was quietly sold and taken efficiently into new owner/management, so I can now relax and say officially “I have retired”.

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Categories: My Week, Press, Work

Happy Christmas! December 01st 2015

This year has flown by. For me it has been a fun filled time - a new grandson Stanley was born, my mother celebrated her 92nd birthday and with my American grandchildren and family and all the other grandchildren we spent a blissfully happy summer. I have no complaints about the English weather - I simply love it. Summer in England for me is magical - my garden is gorgeous and in August, London is empty and parking plentiful and easy. I even love the winters here - I wear fur!

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Categories: Work

Happy Twenty Fifth Birthday to French Sole. August 08th 2014

Competition is now closed French Sole celebrates Twenty Five gloriously happy years in business this year. It is very hard to believe that from a few humble and simple ballet flats, sold to friends from my dining room table back in 1989 in aid of the NSPCC charity, that this enormously successful global brand name has since evolved.

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Categories: Work

Californian Life February 25th 2014

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.

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Categories: Home & Away, My Week, Work

The Kindness of Strangers… October 08th 2013

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.

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Categories: Home & Away, My Week, Press, Work

Starlight Star Bright! December 13th 2011

Today I took a party of 30 children and their families from my Starlight charity to see a performance by the English National Ballet of The Nutcracker - my second visit in a week and I am seeing it twice more before it finishes the run on December 30th - the day was perfect and magical.

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Categories: Ballet, My Week, Work

My Week in Chelsea December 09th 2011

I always feel at home in Chelsea! As well as spending my youth hanging out there during the ‘swinging sixties’....until recently I lived there. I also have a store on the Kings Road - so popping back up there to a charity night for Starlight was a pleasure!

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Categories: My Week, Work

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Charities Jane supports:

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