A Schulich School of Business grad, Jane had an innate creativity that just couldn’t be tamed. Armed with her creative mind and business savvy, Jane and her sister Charlotte began what is now a true Toronto staple.
The name Jeannie Lottie is derived from the names of the 2 original founders Jane and Charlotte, and coincidentally means true happiness in Chinese. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jane, and learning more about Jeanne Lottie.
How did you get started? Why handbags?
At the time, in 1985, there was a void in the market. Everything was so boring! I wanted to create fun handbags – I wanted to create my own unique designs. I love to sketch and experiment with different colours, fabrics, and textures, and our technicians help bring my visions to life.
What was your biggest challenge starting out?
Stores thinking that we were too different. They’d say our purses were wonderful window pieces but not ones to be sold. I guess the window pieces drew the customers in after all!
What makes Jeanne Lottie different today?
We are located in a pink house, where we are girly yet polishes, fun yet stylish, and accessible. You can walk out with 5 bags and still be happy, because you didn’t break the bank!
Do you find yourself governed by current trends?
No, actually I think that sets us apart too. I don’t follow trends too closely but somehow we get it right…maybe I’m psychic?
Where do you draw inspiration?
You, everything around me, everything around us! Inspiration is everywhere.
What strikes you most now that the brand is 30?
We’ve always had customers of all ages – ranging 8-80! But now we’re seeing the next generation of handbag lovers. We’re seeing moms that used to buy handbags when they were little girls, come in with their daughters. It’s so encouraging!
Who is your fashion icon?
Betsey Johnson & Audrey Hepburn mixed
That description of Jane’s fashion icon captures perfectly the Jeanne Lottie aesthetic!
Nestled in the heart of Yorkville, in a pink house, you can’t miss this not-so-hidden gem. You can also find Jeanne Lottie in Browns Shoes, Capezio, at the CN Tower, and select Shoppers Drug Marts. Speaking from experience you’re sure to get compliments on your arm candy everywhere you go!
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