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Tidbits About Fashion Designer, Jane Imbs Trimble-Schaffhausen

When I acquire a piece of vintage clothing for resale at my online shop, it's my nature to find out as much as possible about the designer before I put a price on it.  My recent fashion find is a prairie style dress designed by Jane Schaffhausen for her label Belle France. During my research on the internet, I found the following tidbits about her.  I am especially amazed with the people she was surrounded by in her childhood years such as Gertrude Stein who was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector who rubbed close elbows with Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemmingway and Henri Matisse to name a few.  Marcel Duchamp was a French-American painter and sculptor and Henry Miller was an American writer. It's no surprise that I read that her inspirations came from museums, the theater, and print archives with all of the artistic influence she gained as a young lady. How do I put a price on a design that was created by such an amazing woman?


She was born in Paris September 17, 1929.

During her early childhood years, she was surrounded by artists and writers.

Gertrude Stein was her godmother.

Alice B. Toklas baked her cookies.

Marcel Duchamp gave her drawing lessons.

Henry Miller played children’s games with her.

She modeled for Elsa Schiaparelli.

She Studied at Vassar College.

Her first store was in Birmingham, Michigan called the Village Store.

By the time she was 28 years old, she had five stores that eventually expanded to 12.

Her label, Belle France’s revenues totaled $26 million in fiscal 1986.

Her employees at her fashion district office wore only the Belle France dresses.

She didn’t like woman to wear suits; she said woman shouldn’t look like men.

Her father was writer Bravig Imbs.

Her mother was a Latvian countess.

Recipient Entrepreneur Woman’s Award, Woman in Business 1981, Member of Phi Beta Kappa

President, Village Store, Birmingham, Michigan, 1953—1967, New York City, 1961—1977, Belle France, Incorporated, New York York City, 1974—1982, chairman, since 1982.

References: Archives - 1986 AP News Article, 1981 New York Times article

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  • This is my aunt Jane nice to read about her

    Chrissy Husni

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