Your achievements in sustainability are hugely inspiring, how did you first become so passionate about this cause?
I visited Bangladesh for the first time in 2008 and entered a factory where so many women were producing our clothes. What I saw shocked me and once I came back I could not pretend they didn’t exist. We talk a lot today about feminism, and we should interpret this also as sisterhood - holding virtual hands with the millions of women who make the clothes we wear every single day. We want them to know we respect them and value them.
What do you regard as your biggest professional achievement?
Being one piece of the puzzle in catapulting ethical fashion on today’s conversation and agenda globally.
What motivates you?
What does ‘strong women’ mean to you?
Women who are true to who they are - and in my campaigning this starts from what they wear, which is not what the current trend tells them to wear, but what they really love.
How does a typical day look for you?
Wake up at 6.30am, preparing boys for school and myself for the day so that by the time they leave at 8am I have at least half hour for my meditation and yoga. I then start work at 9am in the office or wherever I am. By 5pm I try to be home to be a “mamma”, cook, supervise homework and boss all my men around. In bed by 9.30pm most evening.
What do you do to unwind?
I usually do it by meditating or sometimes dancing!
What is your advice for achieving a good work/life balance?
I have no idea! I try to do it every day and am thankful when I go to bed every night and I sort of managed to do it all…
What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
Pasta, chocolate and avocado.
What would you like to do more of?
Dancing for sure!
What does wellness mean to you?
Feeling that my body is fit, but also rested and my mind is peaceful. Wellness is more a state of mind than anything else.
Can you give us 3 women that you admire?
Aimee Mullins, Annie Lennox and my mum and my sister (but that’s 4 is that all right?!)