On pivoting from shoes to swimwear:
“There was a bit of lacking the patience to stick out the whole architectural degree.”
I always had that kind of artist-meets-entrepreneurial-spirit as a child. And then I have a traveling spirit as well. I found it really exciting to go to the North of Spain and the South of France and find all of these artisanal shoemakers and start importing them into the UK and selling. And then I started selling online.
The first department store in the UK [that sold my shoes] was part of the John Lewis group [a British company that operates retailers including John Lewis & Partners department stores and Waitrose & Partners supermarkets]. And for me, that was a really exciting moment.