Tell us about your greatest accomplishment?
Being part of the Alex Monroe story. Alex had already been in business for close to twenty years when I joined the team in 2006, but since then the business has completely grown and changed. I feel lucky to be part of such a brilliant and creative team, where everyone very much plays their own role in growing the brand. We have gone from five people to now almost forty, and have so many plans for the year ahead!
Name a fellow Queen Bee who has had a tremendous impact on you?
Before I joined Alex Monroe I was at Laura Lee, who I had helped during my placement year of University. I joined Laura’s workshop team to help with a big order for a Japanese client, and didn’t leave for three years! Over this time, we moved from a workshop space in Clerkenwell to a beautiful Boutique in Covent Garden. It was such an exciting time - Laura had no real financial backing apart from a small bank loan, so everything was done on a shoestring. Cabinets and workbenches were made by friends, and our stock was formed from our samples - if we sold something, we would run downstairs to the workshop and make another! I will always remember these times with fondness, and a great admiration for Laura’s fearlessness in taking on a project that has stood the test of time.
What does your bee necklace mean to you?
My Bee necklace is a reminder of my journey with Alex Monroe, and has essentially taken me all over the world, and introduced me to lots of incredible people. Alex probably wasn’t the first designer to make a Bumblebee Necklace, but so many have come along since! Rather than get caught up in wars with copycats, we have chosen to focus on leading the way in new, original designs - staying strong to our traditional jewellery roots. So to me, my Bee is also a symbol of remaining true to yourself, and rising above challenges.