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TSF 37: Jane Taylor – Millinery Designer

London based milliner Jane Taylor has rapidly caught the attention of the British press with her distinctive hand crafted headwear. The Duchess of Cambridge wore two of Jane Taylor’s hats during the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and most recently for Princess Charlotte’s christening. Tim Walker’s shoot for Love Magazine starring Kate Moss, and styled by Katie Grand, featured a Jane Taylor hat.
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If you had a 25th hour each day, what would you do?
I would actually get time to read a book in bed / meditate for an hour or use the steam room at my gym.

If you could capture and bottle a smell, what would it be and why?
My family homes garden in the summer – flowers and the smell of warm tomato plants in my greenhouse.

Essential store cupboard ingredients?
Vanilla powder for breakfast, almond milk, cinnamon sticks, red lentils, cardamom pods and masala spices.

What is your ultimate night in – or out?
I don’t get much time to relax, so an evening in with a box set and a box of Booja Booja chocolates.

What’s in your handbag?
All sorts! I found a thimble in my bag yesterday….often pins and feathers that have found their way in there.

Any cuisines you love or loathe?
Not a fan of meat so I find Oriental cuisines the best as they use a lot of Tofu.

What’s your daily uniform?
I wear a lot of blacks and blues and as I’m making and designing hats it needs to be comfortable, so mainly jeans/shirts.

Why does your job matter to you?
I love making my clients feel confident, special in their hat, and giving them a spring in their step.

Was there ever a time in your career where you thought ‘I’ve had enough?’
When I Project Managed to fit out my new shop and ran the business at the same time. I realised that next time I will definitely hire a project manager. Everyone needs sleep.

When you have a daily work slump, how do you snap out of it – tips?
Between 3-4pm I often feel quite tired. I eat huge quantities of melon to give me a sugar rush, and on the days I need an extra kick, I have 85% dark chocolate.

How did you achieve your current role?
I focused on my goal and made it happen. Loving my job really helped when having to work long hours to progress.

What would you have told yourself five years ago?
Don’t stress, life will take you wherever you need to go.

Who is your career inspiration?
Coco Chanel – It must have been so shocking for a woman to make such a formidable business. Unfortunately, it still is.

Favourite place for Brunch?
Good life in Chelsea- fab salads, all very healthy but very tasty!

Favourite shops?
Love Bimba & Lola, Mui Mui, Fred Perry.

Best meal?
Something homemade by my parents from their fruit/veg garden/ homemade pizza dough topped with Butternut Squash and Sage.

Favourite hotel?
Somatheeram in Kerala, India.

Most used app?
Instagram.

Happy place?
The hills of Oxfordshire.

Wish list of trip destinations?
Peru, Japan, everywhere….but definitely driving around California in a vintage Mustang.

Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Never take No for an answer.

Has anyone left you star struck?
I met the Queen at an event and after curtseying I should have moved along to Prince Philip, but I got a little stuck in that position!

Who should feature next as a Three Six Fiver?
The amazing team and BF’s Photographer Timo Kerber & Stylist David Evans.

What should people look out for? 
Our new workshops- They’re so much fun, you learn new skills plus you get to leave with a hat at the end of the day!!
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