Hi, I’m Jan!

I’m a co-founder and the creative designer behind the independent womenswear brand Antonia York.

I combine beautiful fabrics with flattering silhouettes to create clothing that evokes femininity, spirit and inner confidence.

Most of my designs are produced in limited quantities, sometimes as little as one unit, making many of our pieces truly exclusive.

I’ve worked in fashion for over 30 years and started my career as a knitwear and textile designer for big high street brands.

Later on in the ’90s, my husband Rob and I ran a successful bridalwear company under the name Antonia York. We originally chose the name Antonia so that we would be right at the beginning of the Yellow Pages (we’re showing our age now) but it has stuck with us ever since.

Today’s Antonia York has grown from a fashion accessories brand on Etsy, opened in 2017 and with over 18,000 sales and more than 2000 five-star reviews, to our own Antonia York online clothing and lifestyle shop.

In 2021, we moved into our new premises in Leicestershire, where we do everything from design, sample production, and photography to order fulfilment.

We truly value the relationship with our suppliers and manufacturing partners and we always treat them with respect, kindness and courtesy. We are proud to say that we use local small businesses to knit and dye our Oeko-certified jersey and to manufacture our headbands, snoods, and bags. In a small way we help to protect skills handed down over generations while providing a fair wage for local people. We source a lot of our printed fabric locally, and many of our pieces are made from deadstock fabric (fabric which would ordinarily end up in landfill) as well as recycled polyester, sustainable bamboo and modal, and organic cotton.

Recently, in order to extend our range of beautiful clothing we have also begun working with small manufacturers based in the UK, and India.

Our collection of quality lifestyle pieces such as our eco-friendly spa range are designed to make you feel fabulous, enhance your home and your enjoyment of life.

I hope you love Antonia York as much as we do and I'm excited for you to come along on this next chapter with us.

Jan x

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