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MEET: Jan Constantine by Clare Freemantle of www.etsy.com/shop/ClareBears


There aren’t many designers whose


products just scream


‘British’ at you but Jan Constantine is certainly one of them. She has recently designed two beautiful collections, one to celebrate the Jubilee and another to celebrate the Olympic Games. I asked her all about her inspiration and how she became involved in these celebratory ranges.


Please tell us about yourself and how you got started. Sewing is in my blood, passed down from my mother who was a tailoress and my maternal grandmother who was a dressmaker and milliner. I have always loved to make things and learned from an early age to stitch, knit, crochet and bake. As children, my mother sewed or knitted everything for me and my


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two brothers and two sisters and my father made lots of our toys. When I was about six, I got a little red sewing machine for Christmas so was able to make clothes for my dolls. I won prizes for my art at school and loved making my own clothes from the age of ten. I wanted to be a fashion designer from then onwards.


Do you have any formal training or experience which applies to what you do? Yes, I do - I trained in fashion and then spent 10 years with a large London fashion company. Initially I joined as junior fashion designer, graduating to design director. My garments were renowned for their embroidery at the time.


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