Most people hoping to make it in fashion come to New York. Jan Quammie, on the other hand, was born there and then left, decamping to Shanghai, then Germany, but we caught up with her in Paris—are you still with us?
In Shanghai, she found more than a career in styling. She fell in love (awwww!) and followed her heart to Munich. Now, Jan is the fashion director of InStyle Germany. Unfortunately for anyone who wants to recreate her path, she couldn’t tell us exactly how she got there (proof that there is no formula for success), but she did tell us how she made a name for herself across countries.
From leather fanny packs that look more like tote bags to Y/Project jeans that quite literally go on for miles (okay, maybe feet, but still, they are long), Jan’s closet feels influenced not by one city, but many. Her love of style, which started at her uncle and style icon’s boutique on Flatbush Ave, has taken her all around the world. First to Fifth Ave at Saks, then to Shanghai at Net-A-Porter and finally to Munich with MyTheresa and later InStyle.
Click through to read about the uncle who inspired her career, how fashion convinced her parents to let her have cable, and what makes her most excited about fashion in Germany.