I have long been a fan of the iconic Welsh Band The Stereophonics and am super excited to tell you about a collaboration between Inch Blue and Jakki Jones who just happens to be the wife of Kelly the bands lead singer. Like Kelly I grew up in the Welsh Valleys and our factory where Inch Blue shoes are made is less than 30 minutes from his hometown Cwmaman.
Jakki is a very busy Mumma who currently heads up the London Talent department with PR Entertainment Giant PMK*BNC by day and by night she is the illustrator of the quirky and fun world of Jakkidoodles. She also has a monthly column in Smallish a fashion magazine for stylish mothers.
I chatted to Jakki about motherhood, work and life as the wife of a rock star.
1 You have great individual style who is your biggest fashion influence?
For me I am much more about style rather than fashion. Personal style is so unique. It has to be a reflection of yourself and your personality, comfortable and individual. It’s all about how you wear it! Style wise I am a big fan of Kate Moss, effortless – yet always glamourous.
2 What is your signature scent?
Santal 33 is my signature scent followed closely by Escentric Molecules. Molecule 01.
3 As a mum how do you juggle work and family life?
Very chaotically! Working full time with a little baby, column and a side-line makes it quite challenging. Trying to fit everything in is almost impossible. I also have very high standards and so easily get disappointed with myself If I haven’t reached my own goals. I have to remember I’m doing as best I can – and I cannot do everything. Bit by bit – step by step, and try not to feel guilty! That’s the main thing.
4 You've worked with an amazing array of talent ranging from Kate Hudson, Russell Brand, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Donald Sutherland? If you could invite 6 people dead or alive to join you and Kelly for dinner who would you choose and why ?
Oh wow interesting question….ok here’s who I would have:
- Bon Scott (for the hubby…BIG ACDC fan)
- Jack Nicholson (for the hubby …BIG Jack fan)
- Carrie Fisher who I had the pleasure of working with. She was fascinating and always had great stories.
- Sharon Horgan for laughs and vino
- Kate Hudson - for the gossip and girlie chats. She is amazing.
- Robin Williams – Love all his work. Would love the chance to have met him and worked with him.
5 How often to you get back to visit Wales and what are your favourite places and things to do?
We try and get back as often as possible – but due to work and kids in school in London, that’s only that’s about 3 times a year. Most Easter Holidays we spend in Wales and my birthday usually falls in Easter hols. I will never forgot one birthday we went for a big hike up the mountain; me Kelly and the girls….I was wearing pair of Isabel Marent wedges and a White faux fur coat…anyway. From their kitchen window Kelly's parents witnessed me taking forever coming down the hill and they were in stiches laughing!! I was like Joanna Lumley in Ab Fab... You can take the girl out of the city!! I remember one day I went into their local working men’s club and there was a nice spread of sandwiches and crisps and a bowl of what I thought were Lychees. I said ‘Oh lovely….lychees!’…Kelly replied – 'they aren’t lychees Jak – they are pickled onions!'’ - needless to say I haven’t lived that one down yet.
6 What inspired you when designing the "Riley" shoe with us ?
I have a well documented love for leopard print and I wanted something that had a rock and roll edge with a pop of colour. I love styling my mini me and the shoes compliment everything she wears. Riley means brave/fearless which is how I think I aim to be in terms of personal ‘style'. The butterfly detail gives the shoe a simple and beautiful feel. I also love that the shoes come from a place rich with Welsh Heritage and was delighted when I first came to be introduced to the brand way back when Riley was only a few months old. My friend Liz from MTV was on holiday in Wales and came across a little pair of Leopard Print Inch Blue shoes and she said they had my name all over them! ..and I’ve been a fan of the brand ever since.
7 What is your favourite place to get away as a family to relax?
Italy is our most favourite place and we love to go there as a family. I personally love the people, the prosecco and the pasta!
Its a very special place to us as a family – as it’s the country where we got engaged – and also the place we found out we were expecting Riley.
8 I love your Jakkidoodles illustrations ....have you always doodled and where can you buy your products?
I was basically doodling whilst in playlist meetings working at MTV day-dreaming ‘Could I make this a reality?'. People were really loving the illustrations and inspired me to really try and make a go of it.I was showing people the various cards I had drawn and I was getting responses like ‘These are amazing! Where did you get them?'. I would reply ‘I drew them!’ and they would be shocked as they thought they were printed. I could see people were really reacting to them in a positive way and saying that they would buy them if there were in the shops!
I thought it was a million miles away. As I work in the entertainment industry, the greetings industry seemed such a far stretch from reality. Then my husband kept saying to me ‘You can make it happen! You just have to go for it!’. So I researched when the biggest annual greetings card fair was and went along to it in my lunch break. At Progressive Live, I luckily stumbled across the stall ‘ReallyGood‘ – and met the owner David Hicks. This stall took my fancy as I loved all the artists they represented and if I ever went to buy a card – it would have definitely been one of these artists (Brightside and Waldo Pancake). This chance meeting was my lucky foot in the door. Since then – we have been lucky enough to be stocked by numerous stores including Scribbler, Paperchase, Fenwicks and Selfridges! For commissions: Jakki@jakkidoodles.com
The new Riley design will be available online January 2018.