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SheerLuxe Success Stories: Jeany Cronk, Mirabeau en Provence Rosé

May 20, 2019 -
34 min

In 2009, Jeany and Stephen Cronk sold their house in South London and moved their three children to the tiny French hamlet of Cotignac, in order to pursue a dream of launching their own wine label. With an ambition to bring “excellent rosé to a wider audience,” the couple created the rosé brand, Mirabeau en Provence. Fast forward 10 years and they now have three incredible types of rosé and a sparkling pink wine under their belt. Consistently voted some of the best in the world, Jeany and Stephen’s multi award-winning brand produces over a million bottles of wine a year and is stocked in markets worldwide. Here, Jeany walks us through her journey so far, including how she made the jump from telecoms to wine, funding her dream, and the secret to creating a great rosé.  

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Payal Kadakia, Founder Of ClassPass

Apr 23, 2019 -
49 min

With a love for dance that began at just three years old, Payal Kadakia founded the Sa Dance Company in 2009 to raise awareness of Indian Dance. Four years later, Payal’s passion led her to create ClassPass, the subscription service that gives people access to not just one gym, but all of the best fitness classes in the area. In just five years, Payal has created a global business valued at over $470million, leading to a listing in Fortune’s 40 under 40 list. Here Payal tells us how she got to where she is now, from her dancing roots to her greatest business challenge.

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Trish Halpin, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire

Apr 8, 2019 -
40 min

Rising through the ranks at More!, Red and InStyle magazines, Trish Halpin developed a solid reputation for building circulation. Then in 2008, at the height of the recession and with magazine sales rapidly declining, she joined Marie Claire as Editor in Chief. Ten years on, she remains at the head of the publication, driving the brand’s e-commerce venture and challenging the shape of traditional print. Here, Trish tells us about her fruitful career, the power of magazines and her proudest moments. 

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Caryn Hibbert, Founder of Thyme

Mar 25, 2019 -
28 min

As the daughter of an inventor, Caryn Hibbert left behind her childhood in the country to pursue a profession in science in London. There, she forged a formidable career in medicine and raised three children, until deciding to buy a manor house in the small village of Southrop, Gloucestershire, in 2002. Having quickly realised a manor house isn’t going to pay for itself, Thyme was born. Described as a “grown-up, elegant hotel all about country life”, Thyme has grown from just hotel rooms to a cookery school, a destination spa, a quintessentially British restaurant – and even has its own pub. We speak to Caryn about her industry change from medical expert to hotelier, renovating the building that would become Thyme, and what’s next for her ever-expanding business.

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Holly Tucker, Founder Of Notonthehighstreet

Feb 11, 2019 -
39 min

As a mother, MBE and founder of Not on the High Street, Holly Tucker is a force to be reckoned with. After pumping over £600m into the UK economy with her business, Holly wants to help other women do the same with her book, Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table. Listen now to find out more about the highs and lows of her journey, the key to finding the right investor, and balancing motherhood with a booming business.

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Anine Bing

Dec 17, 2018 -
26 min

Founder of her eponymous, internationally renowned label, Anine Bing is a regular source of inspiration with her chic-meets-rock-chick style and boss-lady attitude. Here, she tells us how she created her empire and became one of the fashion elite…

Chances are, even if you’re not into fashion, you’re familiar with Anine Bing’s clothes. Whether it’s a lace camisole on Kendall Jenner or the studded ankle boots Gigi Hadid lived in over 2017, the Danish native’s designs have become synonymous with cool, it-girl style.

So what was the catalyst to her creating her ever popular brand, and what are her goals for the business in the future? From business investments to the importance of Instagram, we discover all in Anine’s episode of Success Story.

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Nina Campbell, Interior Designer

Dec 3, 2018 -
32 min

With a style she describes as “comfortable and suitable”, Nina Campbell is one of our country’s best-known interior designers. Globally renowned for creating rooms which are quintessentially English, she is the leader in how to marry bespoke and antique with contemporary, aiming unlike so many others, not to match. She has designed interiors from the Royal Albert Hall to Rod Stewart’s home, created fabric and wallpaper with Osborne & Little, written countless interior books and run a shop in central London for over 40 years. Here, in her SheerLuxe Success Stories podcast, discover how she first found a passion for interiors, the highlights of her illustrious career, and her advice for those starting out in the industry today…

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Kristina Karlsson Founder Of kikki.K

Nov 19, 2018 -
44 min

It was 3am, ten years ago, when Kristina Karlsson woke with the epiphany it was time to run her own business. Spotting a gap in the market for design-led stationery, she persuaded her boyfriend to sell his house for funding and set about creating the brand we know and love as kikki.K

With over 100 of their own stores globally, stocked in another 250 and sold online to stationery and design lovers in over 147 countries worldwide, Karlsson’s brand is one of the biggest names in stationary. And for good reason – created to empower and inspire, her planners, diaries and notebooks are like nothing else out there.

So just how did she go from her humble beginnings on a small farm in Sweden to a global success? SL found out.

Here, in her Success Story podcast, the international business owner, entrepreneur and now author shares her fascinating rise to the top – from what led her to launch kikki.K and the inspiration behind its ingenious marketing, to how she transformed a simple business plan into a global empire.

We also learn all about her first book, Your Dream Life Starts Here – a simple-yet-powerful guide to making your wishes come true, inspired by Karlsson’s own journey and filled with her unique insights. Whether you want to get the most out of your personal life, career or business, her words of wisdom may be some of the most important you’ll hear this year. 

SheerLuxe Success Stories: Carmen Tal Co-Founder Of Moroccanoil

Sep 17, 2018 -
29 min

It was after a hair disaster at a salon, that she then owned, that Carmen Tal went on a subsequent trip to Israel and went to remedy the hair disaster that she came across the miracle product that is Moroccanoil. She saw the opportunity to take the product global and in ten years the brand has become a cult beauty must have and one of Sephora’s best selling hair brands - raved about by beauty editors, models and it’s thousands of worldwide customers alike. In this podcast SheerLuxe founder Georgie Coleridge Cole finds out how Carmen launched a household brand, from the highs and lows to acquiring investment and more - Carmen tells all. 

SheerLuxe Success Stories: James Averdieck, Gü & the Coconut Collaborative

Sep 2, 2018 -
37 min

In 2003 James Averdieck founded the dessert business Gu, renowned for their glass ramekin souffles 7 years later he sold the business for £32million and turned his attention to a healthier dessert option. Ditching the decadence James bought a share in a small dairy business, rebranding the company into the Coconut Collaborative. With a range of dairy-free yogurts & sweet treats, James turned the business into a global sensation with a turnover of nearly £12 million. 

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