Friday, 1 January 2016

2015 - My Year in Pictures

Goodbye 2015.  Snaps of the highlights and thrills of my year .....

January 2015.  Launch of my new China Collection.


February -  BAFTA  Nomination for my sister's film.  Elaine Constantine, writer and director.


March - working on new designs from beautiful  Port Isaac.


April - nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year!


April - speaker at 'Enterprising Women' seminar for 'Management Today'


May - Speaker for UKTI at  Export Week Women in Business lunch event


June - Gained a new sister-in-law - Sylvia.


August - Sewing demo at Selfridges, London with Jo and Lucie.


August - With Mary upon Pooley Bridge at Ullswater - sadly, now washed away in the floods!


August - Concerts in my village!  Amongst others - Tom Jones and Collabro - fabulous!

The beautiful spires of Oxford - dropping daughter Camille to begin her  Creative Writing Masters Degree


October - with friends while exhibiting at Hankyu Department Store in Japan

Chatting with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in Osaka.


October.  Judging and presenting awards at 'The Northern Design Awards',  this year at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool




November - Camille's first poetry book launch - 'Malkin'


November - Exhibiting at the Country Living Fair, London.

December - Happy New Year!

2015 in Pictures

Goodbye 2015!  Some snaps of the highlights and thrills:

January - Launch of my new China Collection


February BAFTA Nomination for my sister,  Elaine Constantine,  writer and Director of Northern Soul

March - Spending time designing in beautiful Port Isaac 

April - Nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year!


April - Speaking at Business Today's Enterprising Women Conference

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Christmas Comes Early to the London Stores.

Christmas came early this year in London.  Selfridges opened their Christmas Shop in July, Harrods and Liberty were not far behind, in August.  Can you spot our Classic Alpine Christmas things in these snaps?




            Liberty of London - a magical stag display - spot our Stag Christmas Stocking in the center.



More of our stockings at Liberty of London.




Our Crown Tea Cosy and Crown Zipper Purse in pride of place in Selfridges.




Noel Noel!  Beautifully merchandised at Harrods




Skiers and Chalet Cushions in Harrods.



Harrods Love Christmas!  Spot our Alpine Advent Calendar and Gypsy Heart cushion?



Beautiful Advent at Harrods.




Stockings and hearts at Harrods.

Merry Christmas!




Christmas in September!

This last couple of weeks, we have been immersed in Christmas ....again!  We exhibited at 'Home' in London and launched our new range - The Nordic Grey Christmas Collection......





Buyers from the best stores in London,  Japan, the US and Europe, as well as the chicest boutiques in Britain all loved it.......




Our Snowflake Throw in Nordic Grey wool makes a fabulous Christmas table cloth - perfect with the Nordic Advent Calendar displayed above.





The Nordic Bunting is beautiful and makes a cool alternative to our classic Alpine Bunting.  The faux fur trimming the edges of the cushions and stockings is 'Heaven' says Lucie ... maybe she's thinking of the Angel!



How lovely is this Nordic Grey Collection for a neutral background - so chic!



Bonne Annee 2015!








Friday, 28 August 2015

Creating Christmas 2015.



This week we travelled down to the South Coast to create our Christmas shoot at Carolines - she lives in St Leonards on Sea.  The great thing about shooting there - we get to see the sea!

Here are a few 'behind the scene' snaps and a sneak peek of our new collection.....

The sea at St Leonards.


Jo & Lucie - working hard on the white floor!


Jo - folding and smoothing.


Final touches  - lighting the candles on the Classic Red Collection.  Don't you just love that Advent Tree Calendar!

Our new Nordic Grey Collection ... and a little bit more light!  That Advent Tree Calendar again! 

Hanging the bunting - more Nordic Grey with gorgeous cushions edged in fur.



The Nordic Grey Christmas Table - we have all fallen in love with the Tree Advent Calendar.  Wait till you see Caroline's proper photos - they are divine!

The new Christmas Collection will be launching on-line in September at www.janconstantine.com.


Hope you like it!

 



Thursday, 23 July 2015

Personalised Just for You!


As a follow on to last week's sneak peek into the JC HQ - here we are again with our new Personalised Collection.  After the huge success of our Magic Heart Cushions we decided to extend the collection and make some children's personalised cushions to add to the collection.

Above, Flo, Mary, Lucie and Jo are proud to launch this lovely new Personalised Collection.


The girls were so inspired that they decided to make their own personalised cushions.  Here they are pinning on their names.


Flo working on her red spot cushion.


Mary, almost there just a few stitches to go.


Keeping Lucie quiet - a skill for life!


                         Here - almost done,  they  just need a good press - et voila!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Sending all our love to Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty of London.

Here at JC HQ we can’t go away just yet because it’s too busy - this is the week we despatch our autumn and Christmas collections to the London stores - so it’s been a little bit bedlam!

Here's a sneak peek into the world of JC HQ -  here we have Jo, my design assistant and Flo on the right, who originally came to us when my girls were small, as an au pair from France.  She's returned many times over the last 8 years and now works in the office with us.

Exclusive Christmas stockings created  for Liberty of London with peacock feathers and crowns.


Don't forget these little beauties Mr Selfridge!

"And I Love the London taxi" says Lucie

Packing some of our favorite things for some of our favourite London stores
                                                 Lucie is an intern, also from France.  If you phone and hear a lovely French accent - it may be Lucie or it could be Flo!  Sometimes they forget they're in England and start to rabbit in French.  It's nice to be a little bit international in our small English country village - the villagers don't know what's hit them - Ooh la la!




Flo will try anything to get to the London Room launch at Selfridges!

All packed up and ready for DPD!
Selfridges and Liberty next stop - Harrods next week.
                   Will keep you posted on the launch and when we'll be in store at Selfridges.
                                                           
                                                              Hope to see you there! X