My name is Jane Elizabeth Kotze, I'm a fashionista hermit, a neat freak, a geek, an obsessive collector of stationary and nostalgia addict. I love to draw, I love fashion, I draw what I love . . . and I sew a little.
At 27 I learnt how to sew for the first time, and since then I have been growing and gaining experience as a fashion designer. Even though I identify more with the term of crafter, as I find the greatest enjoyment in the hands-on experience of creating a garment, and embellishing a design.
My great loves are history and handcraft, which I try to convey through each of my collections. I strive to create womenswear that is beautifully made, with special consideration to finishes, embellishment and attention to detail. With each range I have made I have tried to grow and improve my skills as designer and crafts person as well as learn and create something that is new to me, so that it is a continuous learning process. I also enjoy working with found objects and vintage fabrics to create unique once off pieces.
As part of my prize for winning the Elle rising star 2013 Design Awards I was offered the opportunity to design a small collection for the South African retailer Mr Price. I was inspired by my own childhood memories of road trip holidays in and around South Africa, and wanted to create the fun, careless atmosphere of that time. Using bold colour and pattern blocking as well as incorporation bold vintage inspired prints I wanted to create a summer wardrobe that would make your vacation memorable. Styled by Mr Price Photographer – Craig Scott Model – Sharleen from Full Circle