But the magic of getting lost in my own imagination was something that became ingrained in me. A constant theme was strength and masculinity, which is funny as I’m quite a sensitive soul at heart. But I loved the edge, feel and arid landscapes that became synopses with both genres.
I studied at the University of Sussex and obtained my BA in Media and Communications and after a short spell of wanting to be a Spin Doctor (it was the early noughties), I completed a Masters in European Politics at Brunel University. Oddly my media and political career didn’t take off as I veered towards a completely different path, in charity and community investment work. But the need to realise my own personal dream of setting up my own brand still yearned inside me.
I was lucky that I had lots of memorable travelling experiences growing up. From trips visiting my granny in New York, to summers spent on the beach in Brittany.
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I decided to specialise in only using pure fabrics and my travel range would be solely made using 100% cashmere, because it was the best way to actualise the loose yet angular silhouettes of my childhood obsession. Mixed with some innovative and creative travel products and continuing with my Freshly Made food range Myislandservice was born. I intend to continue pushing the boundaries for how we think and feel about travel.