Jane's diary: June

We peek into the monthly diary of Jane Shepherdson - our inspirational CEO.

New York dinner at Lafayette

To celebrate our stateside launch in Bloomingdale's, Whistles hosted an intimate dinner for my favourite New Yorkers. Sitting alongside Garance Doré, who we recently worked with to create our Belles & Whistles film and Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller. We had a hugely enjoyable evening, I loved the informal setting in LaFayette, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere where we could all chat into the late hours, plus I got plenty of New Yorker insider tips to explore the city.

Reading list: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

This is the second book I've read this month and it pulled me in swiftly. We Need New Names is an incredibly heart-rending tale of NoViolet Bulawayo's (pen name of Elizabeth Tshele) early life in Zimbabwe, followed by her move to the United States and the subsequent realisation that the American dream isn’t always guaranteed. Read an interview with Bulawayo on Aerodrome, Words & People.

Reading list: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This novel had me gripped from the start - I highly recommend it for your holiday readling list. Following a group of arty high school kids throughout their lives from teenagehood through to middle age, Wolitzer explores both their achievements and disappointments.  

Mini break: Amalfi Coast

I took a short break to Amalfi for a friend’s birthday, after the celebrations ended I stayed on in an old Palazzo for a few days. I was brought up messing around in small boats and I love that you can do the same there. We spent our days pottering up and down the coast, stopping in at beach restaurants for fresh fish, then lazing on the boat after lunch, dropping into the water whenever it got too hot - the view from our terrace is my new screensaver. 

Item of the month: Phillipa Jumpsuit

This is such an easy wardrobe piece - comfortable, chic and ideal for office to evening dressing. I wear mine with poolsides for day and update with a stilletto sandal and clutch bag for a quick change when rushing to evening events. Available in both navy and black, shop the jumpsuit here