DESIGNER, Jane Norris
Welcome to ArtisanSkin.
I have always loved the idea of being able to trade directly with the public as well as with fashion buyers. Having your reputation in your own hands feels exciting.
Creating this web-site enables an expression of my visions and values to a wider audience. I have become known over the last 30 years of designing leatherwear for a name that is synonymous with quality and cut, as well as excellence in manufacture.
Another advantage of selling in this way is that more detailed information from a design perspective as well as technical details of fitting and skin specifics can reach the customer.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions on our products, (via email).
THE PAST. . . .
After graduating in 1982, I began to sell individual pieces across London before setting up a design studio in the old wharf warehouses at Wapping, the docks area on the Thames next to the 'city'. From here I started supplying boutiques in the West End, and then went on to show in Paris, New York, and Tokyo as well as London, building up a loyal band of top department stores and boutiques along the way.
Seven years later I moved from London to Somerset to settle my business in the country and work from home. This gave me an opportunity to start the family I had always dreamed of.
The next chapter in my life brought me to South Devon. This was predominantly so that my four children could attend the wonderful Steiner School in Dartington. This change in my working dynamic which allowed me to spend more time in my children's lives and approach my work with a fresh perspective.
THE PRESESNT. . .
This year (2015) I am starting on a new project, one I have been wanting to put together for some time; multiple sizing.
I have always had a keen interest and fascination of fit and proprtion of sizing to height and body frame size. So as a result of this, coming soon sizing options will be available in 'short', 'regular' and 'long' fittings of each size bracket.
Ethical concerns are another important consideration in my work, particularly to the knowledge that the only skins we use become available as a by-product of the meat industry. I became vegetarian a few years ago which highlighted my thoughts around our relationship with the 'animal people' and how this traditional part of out culture fits in with modern notions of sustainability. It may be worth noting that as more and more people choose a non meat diet there are less skins available for the fashion market, this is a visible trend of the last 10 years. I feel that as long as there are skins that become available as a result of farming meeting the demands of meat eaters then there is reason in using them to make beautifully crafted garments that will last for many years.