She didn’t make the cover of TIME magazine but my friend (and esteemed travel writer) Jane Egginton has been declared one of Time Out London’s People of the Year 2011.
Her gong is in the “shopping” category. Time Out’s Shopping & Style editor Katie Dailey writes, “Jane isn’t a known figure in the fashion industry by any stretch. But this year she has fought to take ownership of derelict public loos to provide functioning amenities and a pop up events space (nicer than it sounds) for the community. She was also instrumental in setting up markets on Chatsworth Road and St John’s Church in Hackney (all info on her site, www.hackneyhomemade.com). McIntyre seems dedicated to her neighbourhood, all of her projects being fiercely local-minded and wary of frightening off the native communities with over-gentrified products and prices. We could have picked Kate Middleton for her services as a clothes horse to British designers, or Lulu Kennedy for her dedication to upcoming talent via Fashion East, but for ground level impact to the London shopping scene, we pick Jane.”
I think she’s bloody brilliant. Well done girl!