LONDON BASED JANE FRANCES IS FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DEAR FRANCES, LAUNCHED IN 2016.
After completing her studies in Italy, Jane moved to Paris and split her time between the French Capital and Milan, where she practised the art of Italian craftsmanship at an artisanal family-run shoe factory alongside her once teacher and now mentor, Gianpietro Papa. “It was here that I developed my understanding of what I wanted Dear Frances to be” says Jane. “As a family business, they were passionate about the traditional craft of making shoes and the techniques that had been handed down to them from generations of local shoemakers. I was very lucky to be exposed to that and to learn of the many processes that go into making shoes - the incredible tradition of handmade shoes! I began to think about my own design identity and how I could blend the artisanal process with modern design. That’s what Dear Frances is about – the meeting of two worlds, tradition and modernity”
“Each of our collections are in some inspired by the art of furniture design. I’m drawn to the simplicity and structure of furniture design. Usually mid-century modern; Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, Charles & Ray Eames – I simply love the paired back aesthetic and clean lines. They had such a focus on detail and finishings during that era. This focus finds its way into our design process. It’s at the heart of the inspiration for Dear Frances collections."