Interviews

5 Minutes With… Forward PR Founder, Courtney Blackman

As you’ve probably noticed, when I post interviews with fashion industry insiders I always try to squeeze the person in question’s job title into the heading. Well, this proved a bit tricky in the case of Courtney Blackman. You see Courtney isn’t ‘just’ the Founder and Managing Director of Forward PR, one of the capital’s leading agencies. She also runs The Industry London, a hugely successful fashion professionals members group Courtney co-founded in 2006. Add to that appearences NBC’s Today Show as a fashion commentator, roles on numerous fashion juries and talks on social media and you’ve got yourself one seriously impressive lady!

Courtney Blackman

I grilled Courtney on her incredible career so far and how the hell she manages it all…

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5 Minutes With… Three Floor Fashion Co-Founder, Han Chong

I’m sure I probably don’t need to introduce you to Three Floor Fashion but just in case, I’ll start this post with a few choice words anyway. Three Floor are arguably one of the hottest brands to have launched during the past couple of years. Their fashion forward yet ultra wearable style have earnt them an army of style savvy fans, not to mention features in every major publication going, from British Vogue and The Evening Standard to Garage Magazine. Most significant perhaps is the fact that despite being a favourite among Editors, bloggers and stylish girls-about-town alike, Three Floor remains determinedly high street in price.

Three Floor Fashion

I caught up with Three Floor Fashion Co-Founder and Designer, Han Chong, to get the inside scoop on the one-of-a-kind brand that’s currently topping wish lists worldwide…

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5 Minutes With… Mulberry Brand Director, Georgia Fendley

The Brilliant Britain press breakfast may have involved setting my alarm for an eye-wateringly early hour but Mulberry sure as hell know how to make a crack-of-dawn wake up call that little bit easier. Not only was there the promise of a far more delicious start to the day than my microwave porridge and an introduction to the project to entice me out of bed, but I’d also been promised the chance to chat with Mulberry’s brand director, Georgia Fendley.

mulberry

As a die-hard Mulberry fanatic, I could have quite happily picked Georgia’s brains all day. But given her major role at one of the world’s most coveted brands, I kept things short and sweet. Enjoy…

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5 Minutes With… Goat Fashion Founder, Jane Lewis

goat fashion

A while back I was lucky enough to go behind-the-scenes on the SS13 lookbook shoot for goat, a brand who’s delectable take on understated luxury have kept them a firm favourite among fashion insiders and discerning shoppers for over a decade. I caught up with goat’s founder and designer Jane Lewis to talk first jobs, launching a business and just about everything in between…

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5 Minutes With… Birchbox Co-Founder, Katia Beauchamp

Fascinating though it is to hear from the designers whose collections we covet, some of us have to face the fact that we’re not and never will be that way inclined. Much as I’d love to be able to create my own stunning ensembles, I struggle to sketch so much as an apple. The same goes for makeup, slapping on a bit of mascara is about the extent of my abilities. BUT there’s more to the world of fashion and beauty than designing dresses or enhancing the already-gorgeous faces of ten foot catwalk queens. There’s also the business of side of things. So if you’re interested in all things stylish but more about academia than art, let me introduce your (and my) ultimate life/career idol, Birchbox Co-Founder Katie Beauchamp. In case you didn’t know, Birchbox is an online beauty subscription service that has revolutionised the way women shop for their make up and pampering essentials, try different products and learn about both established and exciting new brands. Having recently merged with JolieBox, the French equivalent, Bichbox is well and truly set to go global.

Birchbox

I caught up with Katia at London’s Covent Garden Hotel to get the inside scoop on being a sartorial entrepreneur…

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