Perhaps you’ve seen her, rushing by on her high heels: Nancy Hilbrink. Nancy is the collection manager and accountmanager of Jan Jansen Amsterdam and boy, are we glad to have her. She’s straight forward, sparkling and anything but average. She’s a fashion pilgrim too. Worked at Burberry’s in Asia, had her own fashion brand and has been a buyer as well as a saleswoman for different brands. Needless to say that when it comes to the world of fashion she knows the drill. That’s why Jan Jansen Amsterdam, with a broad collection of fashionable shoes, is exactly down her alley.
What’s so special about Jan Jansen?
‘What we have here are colourful, high-quality and unique shoes. A bit quirky even. When i wear a pair of Jan Jansen’s it seems like everyone wants to talk to me. They stand out in the crowd. Besides, these shoes are heaven for my feet and i can easily walk on them all day long. I mean, what’s not to love. Jan Jansen is a true shoe artist.’
What do you do all day?
‘Every day is different. On Mondays and Tuesdays you can find me in the Jan Jansen Amsterdam showroom in CAST, Nieuwegein. I talk to buyers from shoe stores and fashion boutiques that sell shoes as well. The rest of the week i’m on the road spreading the word, so to speak. Finding out which brands, stores and people fit our brand. And when it’s time to design a new collection i sit with Jan a lot. He designs and i assist. He’s such a briljant artist that you sometimes forget he turned 80 this year.’
And? What’s your favourite Jan Jansen shoe?
‘Oh my. I like more than just one! But i must admit that the high heels from the Linea Erotica line make my heart beat a little faster. And there is this one boot slash pump that has really caught my eye. I can’t wait to take them home with me.’