She’s cooked with Mary Berry, but building a team has been the icing on the cake for Polly King & Co’s chief executive.
Tell us about Polly King & Co, what do you do?
We offer a global sales, marketing and PR service to our brands, with showrooms in London, Paris and New York.
My background has always been in-house working at the likes of Maharishi for 10 years and Superfine denim, which means we naturally become an extension of our designers’ studios, working closely with them on range planning and strategy as well as sales and PR.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Working with great product.
And the worst?
Living out of a suitcase.
What makes a good showroom?
Honesty and transparency with brands and buyers.
Where do you find your brands?
We get approached by designers a lot, it is a job in itself looking through them all. We dedicate set times a month when we sit down and have a review of brands that have approached us and it is an amazing feeling when you see something that you know has all the right elements to work internationally. The whole team is passionate about product and everyone is constantly looking for newness to add to the showrooms.
If you could represent one brand, past or present, what would it be?
Phoebe Philo is a game changer so it would have to be Céline, which is slightly out of our reach.
Did you always want to work in fashion?
Yes, straight from being expelled from school aged 15 for nonconforming and having too much of an opinion.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Before being expelled, I used to assist [The Great British Bake Off judge] Mary Berry with Aga demonstrations after school, so hopefully I would still be working with Mary or even have my own show by now.
If you could raid your showroom to fill your personal wardrobe, what would you pick first?
From spring 14 my favourite was a Sophie Hulme shirt dress in white cotton, which would obviously be teamed with a Sophie Hulme clutch, Karen Walker sunglasses and Mother of Pearl trainers.
Are you a heels or flats woman? What is your favourite pair?
The only shoes that have been a constant in my life are Converse hi-tops.
You travel a lot with your job. Where are your favourite destinations?
A few months ago I was in Beirut and it is such an incredible city, I wanted to stay longer and explore. I also love Tokyo and I never tire of Paris, which is fortunate owing to the amount of time I spend there.
What has been your career highlight?
Building the team of people I have around me - everyone from my immediate team to the designers we work with are relentlessly passionate about their work and are ridiculously hard working.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Do you prefer shopping online or in store?
I prefer in store but usually shop online owing to lack of time.
What would we find you doing at the weekend?
Recovering from the week.
What trend do you wish would disappear?
Boyfriend jeans, I blame them for my weight gain.
And which do you wish would make a comeback?
Champion sweatshirts, best sweatshirts ever with an amazing brand name.