DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – KATIE SCHLOSS; MAPPING HER WAY TO THREE JANE, NYC!

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On a hot rainy day this past summer I was in the city running some errands. My mom called me to stop into Bendel’s and see if they had a particular item we wanted to purchase as a gift. Well, as you know, I am a self proclaimed “Bende’s Girl”, so any excuse to stop by the specialty store is A-OK with me! As usual, there were many trunk shows going on on the ground floor as you walk in. I was distracted by all things sparkly and pretty forgetting I was on a mission to find a gift. Standing at one of the tables was a girl that looked so unbelievably familiar to me, I just had to go over and introduce myself and see if our lives had ever crossed paths. To my surprise I looked just as familiar to her, too! We played the geography game and figured out that we had been in contact with each other multiple times; at FIT, volunteering at fashion week in 2006/2007 and through a PR firm she used to work for. Katie Schloss (the girl who looked familiar to me) is also the owner of the company Three Jane.

Three Jane was showcasing their new collection of jewels at the trunk show. I quickly fell in love with the brand for it had very different items one could not find anywhere else! As I glanced around the table I saw these really fun gold tablet necklaces with a simple diamond chip bezeled into it. After taking a closer look I realized that each necklace had the diamond placed somewhere different. Katie then began to explain that etched into the gold tab was a map of different cities and their landmarks. The diamond represents the exact location wanting to be depicted on the map. How awesome! Katie was so lovely to send me a customized necklace of my own. I chose the street where I grew up symbolizing to never forget where you come from!

ABOUT KATIE SCHLOSS & THREE JANE!

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up on the Upper East Side, and I moved to Connecticut with my family when I was 11.

Where did you go to college?

New York University.

When did you know you wanted to enter the fashion industry?

I knew that I wanted to be part of the fashion industry while volunteering for New York Fashion Week freshman year of college. I was lucky enough to work on the Erin Fetherston and Jason Wu shows, and seeing the collections, feeling the pre-show energy, and meeting some of the most interesting people I know to date, I knew that there was no other industry I’d rather be part of than fashion.

You worked in PR for some time. How did that help you with starting your own company?
PR is some of the best prep your can possibly ask for in terms of starting your own company, because it affords you the opportunity to know the ins and outs of how the industry really functions. As a publicist, one’s clients are designers, and the job is to place the brands’ products in the best publications possible in order to generate sales. As a middleman in some sense, a publicist has a front row seat to the creative as well as the business side of fashion, while making some of the best and most useful connections one could possibly ask for.

Why leave PR?
While I have the utmost respect for publicists, I knew ultimately it wasn’t for me. At the same time, it’s not like I could start a brand right out of college; I didn’t know enough yet! I learned as much as I possibly could, and once Three Jane was placed for the first time in Martha Stewart Weddings, I decided to dedicate all my time to Three Jane’s success.

Why Jewelry?

I fell in love with jewelry while studying abroad in Paris. I would browse vintage shops and drift through cases Chanel & Hermès pieces for hours.
Rachel Zoe also said something that really stuck with me. I’m paraphrasing here, but she said something along the lines of, “It doesn’t matter what you are wearing as long as you have great accessories,” and I couldn’t agree more. Most of my clothes are basics come from J. Crew and Zara, but with the right accessories they take on a completely new, fashion-forward look.
Finally, and this is going to be a bit corny, but I liked the work/life balance of a jewelry designer. In college, I was afforded the opportunities to intern for many different facets of the fashion industry, from PR to buying to fashion & jewelry designers varying in size, and jewelry designers had the best balance. They all had families, friends, kids, and careers, all of which I want to have in life-at-large, and I felt jewelry design was the best way to do that.

How did you decide on the name Three Jane?

Three Jane is an imaginary address in the West Village. Jane Street skips from one to five, so three works in conjunction with the Map Necklace concept that one can take any address in the world and make it her own.

How did you come up with both the map necklace & bottle opener?
The Map Necklace started out as a gift for my little sister, who is impossible to shop for. She was studying abroad in London at the time, and I was trying to think of a great gift for her, so I decided to make a Map Necklace of our house in Connecticut, that way she could have a little piece of home wherever she went.
The Bottle Opener Bracelet was a collaboration with my old agency’s client, Ooh La La Wines. They wanted a fun bracelet that could open up bottle tops for their client’s new line of sparkling wines. After helping Cynthia Rowley in the production of the Flask Bangle, I was SO excited about doing a piece of jewelry along a similar theme.

Who is the Three Jane girl?
One of the great things about Three Jane is that there isn’t one “Three Jane Girl”; there are many! The “Three Jane Girl” ranges from a girl going off to summer camp for the first time to college students to women having their first children.
I imagine the ideal “Three Jane Girl” as one who is happy, bubbly, and bright with a great sense of humor. Someone who nods to whimsy and isn’t afraid to take risks. She has fun with fashion, loves to travel, and while away from wherever she considers “home,” she keep it close to her heart in the form of a Map Necklace.

THE THREE JANE GIRLS

Do you design & hand make all of your jewelry, if not where is it made?
I do design all pieces, and I even engrave the Map Necklaces right in my apartment! Everything I can make in New York, I do, and the balance is made overseas.

Where do you find your inspiration from?
Moving forward, each collection is going to be based off a different place from all around the world, all tying back to the Map Necklace concept and travel motif.

Does the bottle opener actually work or is it just a novelty? Anything else you may want my readers to know!
Oh, it definitely works! Check out our Instavideo! https://vine.co/v/huMjeAq50x7

OTHER FUN FACTS!

Favorite Color:
Three Jane blue!

Favorite Food:
I’m weird – I love vegetables, so whatever is in season. I like feeling healthy, because it give me more energy to run my business. Favorite include brussel sprouts and kale salads.

Favorite Candy:
Dark chocolate (hey, it’s good for the heart, right?). I’m really into popsicles right now though. Last week I made green juice popsicles and the week before that, I made watermelon basil mojito Popsicles, both of which were awesome! And when in Paris, or now on the Upper East Side (!), I can’t resist a Ladurée macaron.

Favorite Movie:
Bill Cunningham New York

Favorite Song:
It changes everyday! Right now, I love “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I just think it’s a really important song for 2013.

Favorite City:
New York 🙂

Favorite Season:
Summer

Well there ya have it! Three Jane is definitely a company to look out for. Either for shopping for yourself or choosing the perfect gift to give someone, you can’t go wrong with Three Jane! I know I will treasure my Map Necklace for many, many years to come! I can’t wait to see what other accessories this blossoming “thinking outside the box” brand has in store for the future!

so shop Three Jane – visit www.threejanenyc.com

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