• The Interview Anya Hindmarch
    Having opened her first store while still in her teens, designer Anya Hindmarch knows a thing or two about the right accessories. She talks to NATALIE LIVINGSTONE about family, fun and the importance of being a dreamer

    Photographs by Philip Sinden

    Anya Hindmarch is fighting the flu, but a little thing like a debilitating virus won't stop this mother-of-five from being interviewed for The Edit. The description "ferocious work ethic" could have been invented for her – global businesses with an annual turnover exceeding £20m are hard to come by any other way.

    In the flesh, Hindmarch is the antithesis of the archetypal, hard-nosed woman of commerce. Clear-skinned with long, loose hair, her signature “undone” glamour hides a core of steel – a core that she reminds herself of every day at

    her desk, behind which hangs a huge sign that reads: “SCARY”.

    “Business is scary,” she says with characteristic frankness. “It's to remind people that I can be more scary than I seem.” While scary may not be the most apt of words to describe her, formidable certainly is. As well as her own business, which she set up in 1987 aged just 19, Hindmarch is a trustee of British institutions the Royal Academy and the Design Museum; a non-executive director mentoring talent for the British Fashion Council; and a UK trade ambassador. Add her five children


    NAME: Anya Hindmarch

    PROFESSION: Accessories designer, creative director and chairwoman of Anya Hindmarch

    MY STYLE IS: Minimal, my accessories shout for me. I'm not a “ta-da” type of person; I don't like feeling “done”

    MY GO-TO DESIGNERS: Chloé, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Marni

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECE IS: A great pair of jeans

    Jacket by Gucci; top by T by Alexander Wang; jeans by J Brand; pumps
    by Gianvito Rossi

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