Jessica Hannan

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It is hard to imagine that someone with the statuesque beauty of Jessica, suffered for being tall with those enviable long legs, when she was 5’10″ at twelve years old. Today she’s a proud 6′ and can carry off anything, including black and white striped tights under a delicate, sheer vintage 1930′s dress that she aquired from the high end antique clothing shop that she manages on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and is where we shot her for this post. Jessica loves her hosiery and has many from her beloved High Street, which her enthusiasm for took me a minute to understand. The Brits are proud of their fast fashion, High Street is the place where much of it began and it is of a higher level of quality in London, Jess explains, compared to other places. Her Sonia Rykiel for H and M, very ’60′s mini dress over matching hose, is all horizontal lines of colors and if she had told me it was a priceless original, I would have believed her (which also has a lot to do with the person in it.) Jessica’s Ossie Clark “traffic light dress” from the ’70′s, was for me one of the quest enders of all quest enders in the fifteen months of doing this site. When seeing her in it, that feeling of wanting to throw everything else away that I own came creeping up, her taste raises the bar and was in the stars from the beginning. “If you look at the little girl I was, it would make sense what I am doing now… [my sister and I], lived in our heads. Now, I have this job where I dress up all day and people come in and buy the drama. They love the drama and we talk about clothes and intellectualize fashion.”

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  • E

    Thank you, thank you, thank you -what a fab ‘real’ lady – she communicates all that is joyful about shopping the high street and mixing the vintage in without the precious. Isn’t it nice to see ‘cool’ go out the window and see pleasure and passion come in? Lovely – thank you – more like this please :)

  • Samira

    She’s awesome! Very sweet, smart, funny and relatable. I agree, from my time in the UK, you would always get that sweaty palmed “can-this-be-real” feeling in the high street shops. Good stuff. And yay embracing yourself and exaggerating what used to be a sensitivity.

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  • Laura Stephens

    what a great personality.

  • Sandra Cancelliere

    Fast fashion is brilliant! you go out browse out your bargains rock ‘em for a season then if they are still wearable take them to the charity shop and start again! – no guilt no shame no wardrobe full of out of date stuff.

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