British designer, Jan Constantine is the founder and Creative Director of Jan Constantine Ltd, British international home textile company. Jan is known for her bold, distinct and original collection of home textiles and her work as a designer and manufacturer of a range of home interior products.
With a design background in fashion, interiors and styling, Jan has gathered together her experience, her love of decoration and her Constantine drive to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition and produce her own Collection.
While growing up in a family of five children in Lancashire, Jan was greatly influenced by her mother who was a tailoress and her grandmother who was a dressmaker and milliner. From a young age she loved sewing and knew exactly what she wanted to be and do in the future. During her earlier career in fashion Jan lived in London. She now lives in rural Cheshire with her husband David. They have two daughters, Camille and Mary Flora.
The Constantine Collection includes original, hand-embroidered designs that feature on exquisite textiles and home accessories that stand alone as unique speciality products in the interiors market. The Constantine Collection is designed for today, and reflects the great attention to style and good taste that is lavished upon it. Each speciality item is destined to be an "heirloom of the future".
Inspiration for individual designs in the Constantine Collection comes from favourite things and traditional hand-embroidery. Jan’s exquisite designs are hand worked on quality natural cottons, linens and wools. The word 'Love' and the heart motif are intrinsic to Jan's collections and have been since the beginning of her business in 2002.
“I want to create something that will bring joy to people and be handed down, just as the embroidery skills of my artisans have been handed down through many generations."
Jan’s goals for the future include wanting to keep alive the ancient, hands-on skills demonstrated by her very talented workforce. Her plan is to continue finding ways of introducing her exquisite products into homes worldwide and she hopes that, with the passage of time, her speciality range will become a favourite household name everywhere.
In 2012 Jan Constantine was the holder of an official licence for home textiles for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This great experience lead to many other opportunities as Jan’s designs gained a global audience.
Jan has written two books about her craft, 'Heirloom Embroidery' and 'Love Stching'. Over the past few years Jan and her team have worked in collaboration with many other great brands to produce exciting collections bearing her distinctive designs.
“Being in business, doing what you love, can be the most rewarding, challenging and also inspiring thing to do. It has meant that I have been privileged to travel the world, meet wonderful people and see places that I might have only dreamed about”