Named after the designer's grandmother, Mary Jane Lane hand crafts limited edition, high end suspenders for both men and women. A one of a kind product is made by combining locally sourced durable hardware, re-purposed/vintage fabric and leather. Rooted in the classic styles of the past, MJL creates a product that walks the line between vintage and modern. We believe fashion is an expression of who we are; our look, our values, and our dreams. We are elegant, individualistic, strong and rebellious.
Designer, Katie Calcaterra learned to sew from her mother when she was eight years old. It's a skill, a past time and a joy that has been passed down from generation to generation in her family. Katie acquired a degree in fashion design and has worked as a costume designer in the television, film and commercial industry for the past six years in NYC. Much of Katie's childhood visits to her grandmother's house were spent digging through the attic and finding amazing treasures like tweed and herringbone fabrics picked up from world traveling, vintage patterns, antique leather buttons & handmade clothing. She continues to be inspired today by her grandmother's collection and vintage family photographs.
Mary Jane Lane, pictured below in 1942, spent her life creating. She inspired Katie to name her line Mary Jane Lane and knew it was meant to be when she found an old stack of her grandmother's clothing labels in her sewing box.