On Thursday 5 June, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE hosted a discussion with fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE, as part of the UAL Meets series and LCF’s Inside the Industry series.
Professor Frances Corner (l) and Anya Hindmarch (r)
During the discussion, Anya covered a variety of topics ranging from how to set up and grow your own business, the best ways to manage investors and the importance of craftsmanship and ‘old-fashioned’ luxury. She also talked through the creative process behind some of her recent catwalk presentations, which have included themes such as the supermarket (complete with shopping trolleys, conveyor belts and bags with cereal brand logos) and outer space.
She had some fantastic advice for students in the process of starting their own businesses, including:
“It’s important to me to be a little bit scared sometimes, as it’s so close to excitement. If you’re doing something that scares you, you’re pushing yourself.
Starting a business is really fun and I hope you all get the chance to do it one day, but it’s also very hard work, so the best advice I can give you is to never give up. If you don’t give up, you will get there in the end.”
If you would like to read more of Anya’s quotes from the event, we have pulled together all the #UALMeets and #InsideFashion tweets in Storify.
Anya Hindmarch founded her business in 1987 with a store on London’s Walton Street, and her luxury accessories brand is known for its creativity, craftsmanship, personalisation and humour. Anya Hindmarch designs four mainline collections a year, which are sold through over fifty stores worldwide – including flagships on New York’s Madison Avenue, London’s Bond Street and Aoyama in Tokyo – as well as through key retail partners such as colette and Net A Porter.
In 2009, Anya Hindmarch was awarded an MBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry as well as further responsibilities including; UK Trade Ambassador, Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council and Trustee of both The Royal Academy and The Design Museum. She was awarded the Veuve Clicquot and Harpers Bazaar Business Woman of the Year Awards in 2012.
UAL Meets give UAL students and staff the chance to grill influential people in the creative industries.