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Success Stories: How To Build A Successful Children's Brand, La Coqueta

Jan 20, 2020 -
50 min

Celia Muñoz was about to give birth to her fifth child when she decided to follow her passion and start her own business. Spotting a gap in the market for well-made children’s clothes at an affordable price, Celia left behind her career as a headhunter and launched childrenswear brand La Coqueta in 2013. Handmade in Spain, the designs mix traditional, timeless silhouettes with chic and contemporary twists. Famously worn by Prince Louis, the brand is now a global success, with customers reaching as far as Brazil and South Korea. Here, Celia tells Georgie what it took to get the business to where it is today. 

 


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Success Stories: Donna Hay, Australia's Best-Selling Cookbook Author & Food Editor

Nov 4, 2019 -
56 min

Donna Hay is Australia's leading food editor and a best-selling cookbook author. Throughout her career, she has released a staggering 26 award-winning cookbooks, each featuring her style-driven approach to cooking and minimalist aesthetic. From books to TV, Donna has cemented her name as Australia's first lady of cooking and now with the release of her cookbook Week Light, she shares with us her week in food – filled with quick and healthy weeknight meals. From the dishes she serves for the ultimate dinner party to her favourite London restaurants, here Donna Hay tells Georgie Coleridge Cole her tips and tricks.

 


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Success Stories: Phillipa Lepley, Wedding Dress Designer

Oct 7, 2019 -
29 min

With a career spanning over three decades and a reputation unparalleled in the bridalwear industry, Phillipa Lepley is one of the capital’s leading wedding dress designers. Since launching her bridal couture label from a small atelier in South Kensington in 1989, Phillipa has established herself as London’s go-to couturier for luxurious bespoke dresses, creating iconic, timeless, feminine looks along the way. From her work experience days to her dress-making process from start to finish, here Phillipa Lepley tells Georgie Coleridge Cole her success story.

 


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Success Stories: Chrissie Rucker, The White Company

Sep 19, 2019 -
45 min

What started with a brainwave to create a small bedding collection quickly became The White Company, the lifestyle brand that is, 25 years on, a household name. With 60 stores, a 250 million pound annual turnover and a new book under her belt, founder Chrissie Rucker tells Sheerluxe's Georgie Coleridge Cole her success story. From the inspiration behind the brand to how it's grown without investment to how to find the perfect work/life balance, the entrepreneur reveals all.

 


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SheerLuxe Success Stories: Hannah Coffin, Needle & Thread

Jul 15, 2019 -
37 min

Rising through the ranks at Karen Millen and AllSaints, Hannah Coffin launched Needle & Thread in 2013 after spotting a gap in the market for contemporary, feminine, timeless pieces. Launching exclusively with ASOS, the brand was soon stocked by major retailers including NET-A-PORTER and Harrods. Tapping into a growing demand for affordable luxury, Needle & Thread quickly expanded to launch its e-commerce site in 2015, a bridal collection in 2016, and is now a global brand loved by stars from the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker to Drew Barrymore, Fearne Cotton to Jessica Alba. Here, listen to Hannah talk about her first time making her own clothes as a teen, the pros and cons of starting her own business and what’s next for Needle & Thread.

 


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SheerLuxe Success Stories: Monica Vinader

Jul 1, 2019 -
44 min

10 years ago, Monica Vinader set up her eponymous brand to fill the gap between fine and fashion jewellery. From engraving to stacking, Monica has created a jewellery line with individuality at its core. Now a global brand, Monica Vinader employs more than 200 people and has a turnover of more than £40m. From the brand’s familial roots to keeping up with an ever-changing market, Monica talks us through her successful career.

Monica Vinader special recorded from their headquarters.

 


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SheerLuxe Success Stories: Zanna Roberts Rassi, Milk Makeup

Jun 3, 2019 -
32 min

Zanna Roberts Rassi rose through the ranks at Look magazine and Marie Claire, before emigrating to New York as Fashion Editor of their US edition. 

Moving from print to broadcasting, she became the style correspondent for E! News and a mentor on Project Runway All Stars

Adding a further string to her bow, Zanna is most recently co-founder of the multi-award-winning Milk Makeup. 

From her humble beginnings to winning an Emmy and starting her own make-up line, we talk to Zanna about her long, illustrious career.

https://www.milkmakeup.com/

 


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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.  

 


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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.

 


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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. 

 


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