Designer Jane Booke, a true Angeleno was raised in Bel-Air in the utmost bohemian fashion. Her mother and step-father traveled constantly to remote locations collecting orchids and on digs for Pre-Columbian art, both of which they had the largest private collections in the world; meanwhile Jane was left with the housekeeper for months on end, forging her creativity to counter the loneliness of her childhood.
As a young teenager she traveled every year to stay in her father’s home in the south of France. She could never find any clothes she liked in department stores in the US, so she searched the vintage shops of Europe and found beautiful dresses from the 20s 30s and 40s. When she returned home one year she had the idea to remake similar dresses in new fabrics so they could actually be worn. She went to Beverly Hills High School where her friends wanted all her designs she wore to school.
She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Hollywood, California. While she loved acting, she found that there was no thrill in the audition process. After doing a few films and some television, she decided to pursue a career in music. She was signed to an Atlantic subsidiary, and worked with music producer Desmond Child who produced Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, and many others. When he heard a demo of Jane's, he made time in his busy schedule to produce her music, which she wrote herself.
It was many years later when she was at a celebrity wedding that the owner of a high-end Beverly Hills boutique asked who the designer of her outfit was. When Jane explained she had made it herself, the store owner ended up buying so many pieces that Jane had her own corner of Les Habitudes on Robertson. Stylists started pulling her clothes for celebrities and photo shoots, and the rest is history. Her design career took off seemingly overnight and she had to take a crash course in the fashion business. She has since designed dresses for a multitude of Hollywood stars, musicians and creatives.
After three decades of press and successes, she has created her own world at her home in Hancock Park which is also her studio. It is a magical place and most people don't want to leave once they arrive. Jane’s personal signature perfume, Taken was launched as part of her collection in 2010 to further embody the spirit of her world. Jane’s references; from Camelot to Starwars has been a hallmark of Jane’s approach both in aesthetic and humor and she continues to work diligently designing new styles, reinventing her classics and working on custom pieces with her loyal clients.