Hi, I'm Jane and I founded Ollie & Nic in 2002 with the aim of offering fabulous handbags and accessories that were as functional as they were fashionable. Combining my experience of fashion buying and retail I started to develop a new brand to fill a gap between the ever changing High Street collections and the Designer labels that were out of most people's reach. You may remember the old Ollie & Nic shops which I loved so dearly but as retail and the way we all shop changed, so did we. When the shops closed we moved the business all online and the large team that we once were moved down to just being me.
Fast forward and my son, Josh has joined our team to lead us into the next stage of our story/adventure as we develop into an online business. So it really is just us, and our puppy Billy of course!
As a business founder and owner, it can become all consuming so I have to make sure to make time for family and friends. We're very fortunate to live and work in the West Sussex countryside surrounded by nature. Dog walking, visiting antique fairs and enjoying our garden are my down time activities.
When it comes to our brand, I'm passionate about making sure that we take as much care over the details of our designs as we do over the materials we use and the colours we offer each season. We work with manufacturers who help us bring our designs to life. It's important to me that we continue to improve the sustainability of our products and one of my priorities is to ensure that our supply chain works to the best industry standards at all times.
My main role is to source and create the products we bring to our customers each season. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and love all interaction with our customers via their reviews and social media comments, or “socials” as Josh calls it. The feedback that comes through to me is a real driver in my decision making process over what to do (or not to do again!) when it comes to new products and designs. Introducing our first clothing collections this season has been a steep learning curve after a lifetime spent in handbags & accessories.
I'm loving the new challenge this is presenting to us and the opportunity to discover so many new customers & followers.