In the bedroom, Jane wears a colorful Chloé sweater. Flowers from GRDN on Hoyt Street in her neighborhood. Jane found the painting off Avenue Daumesnil in Paris.
For obvious reasons, we are a very picky bunch when it comes to ladies whose style gives us the chills. As you well know, it’s never (ever!) just about a stellar wardrobe. There’s simply a whole lot of heart and soul—as well as a very fine eye—that ultimately gives personal style its unique allure. And the Gap’s Director of Concept, Jane Herman, really knows how it’s done…even if she doesn’t have to try too hard. Formerly a staff writer at Vogue, Herman definitely isn’t your average It Girl. In fact, it’s her contrarian nature—from Gap to Givenchy—and untrendy style choices that make her look and quiet vibe so compelling. And that most certainly extends to her Brooklyn apartment, too. Though she spends half her life on the road, gathering inspirational elements for Gap Creative Director Patrick Robinson to infuse into his collections, her home reveals lots of that “boy-meets-girl” style we love so much. Read on for a My Style chat with Jane as well as a mini tour of her charming urban escape…yes, we’re a little jealous, too!
Jane's bedside table is made from mirrored boxes, books, and a piece of old decking that she found on the sidewalk. She bought the painting in Stockholm when she went there doing a story on Acne for Vogue. The Gemini figurines––she and her fiancé are both Geminis––are from John Derian.
“Los Angeles, California.”
Now live in:
“Brooklyn, New York.”
In the kitchen, Jane wears a Marni top and jeweled collar, a Jeremy Laing pencil skirt, and YSL heels. A dinner menu––bacon-braised kale is a house specialty.
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In the living room, Jane wears an Ann Demeulemeester shirt, Topshop pants, vintage sandals, and Jody Candrian cuff. The bookshelf was a Christmas present that her fiancé Justin built for her.
"Our mementos: Dried seaweed from Tulum, birch bark from the shores of Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire (where Justin and I spend our weekends in the summertime), driftwood from Cortes Island in British Columbia, a mercury glass vase from my mother, a Zeuthen vase from Copenhagen (a gift from Justin’s brother, Tim), an embroidered napkin from Zihuatanejo, Mexico (framed; a gift from Justin’s mother), tulips from GRDN, and the surfing monkey we adopted unexpectedly (also a gift from Justin’s mom)."
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