Meet Event Planner Anna Louise Illing

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Simplification is key for Anna – Louise Illing. From her strict, black only policy on clothing to her elegant, clutter-free home, less proves to be more for this down-to-earth fashion girl. We interviewed Anna in her home and got the scoop on how she got her start working for The British Fashion Council, her 5 wardrobe essentials, and when to splurge on that piece you’ve been dreaming of. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career so far? At school, art was one of my stronger subjects and when I realized it was likely that I was...
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We visited the bright and spacious studio of figurative artist, Dan Whiteson, in Tottenham, London. His paintings have been exhibited nationwide in both solo and group shows. Several of his works are held in private collections across the world.  When he’s not painting, Whiteson teaches a weekly (and often packed to the gills) drawing course that continues to grow in popularity and attract eager students from all over London. Below, Dan shares his inspiration, future projects, and how a crazy party in a tiny tent in Finland turned out to be one of his favourite meals of all time.  What...
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Opinions abound when the J SHOES team gathers in Baltimore for a seasonal line review. One thing we can all agree on at the end of a long day discussing colours, sole construction and grades of leather etc, is that we are ready for some thirst quenching margaritas and scrumptious tacos at Bar Clavel. The Sinaloan style Taqueria and Mezcaleria is owned by Baltimore based Restauranteur and Poet, Lane Harlan. Lane also opened Baltimore’s first amaro bar, W.C. Harlan. Both have been praised in national publications including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, New York Magazine, Thrillist, and Eater. In 2015, In 2015, Thrillist named W.C. Harlan in "25...
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A longtime friend of J SHOES, Ben August gives us a peek into his life as a writer, world traveler, and family man. An East Coast native with an intense wanderlust, August has lived and worked in various locals, building his career and family. During his time in Los Angeles, he worked as a casting director on Fear Factor and as a story producer on Don't Forget the Lyrics. After several years of sunny west coast living, he packed up and moved to the Far East to teach English as a Second Language. In his time in Vietnam, he met his sweetheart who would eventually become his wife and wrote...
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International globetrotter and Airbnb policy maker, Natasha Mytton-Mills, gives us some insight into how she stays busy, balanced and ever so chic. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career so far – how get into international public policy?  Travel and culture has been a running theme in my life. I grew up between the UK and Singapore, got a job in Bangkok when I was 19 and am constantly planning the next place to explore. My career was naturally formed by my interests, I was always told to choose a subject at school and a job...
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