Jo Malone CBE has been described as an ‘English scent maverick’ and the woman responsible for creating some of the world’s most loved fragrances. Originally a facial therapist, Jo fell in love with fragrance while working from her discreet skin care clinic which she set up from her London home. Discovering an instinctual talent for creating scented products by hand in her kitchen, word of her exceptional potions quickly spread and soon Jo was unable to keep up with demand. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London, which gained cult status around the world. In 1999, Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006. https://www.joloves.com
June Sarpong serves as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides a daily meal to pupils of township schools in Soweto, South Africa. She is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, and campaigns for the Make Poverty History movement. In April 2005 she visited Ghana to make a film for Make Poverty History. She also hosted the major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square in summer 2005 on behalf of Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof. On 7 July 2007 she presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. In August 2014, Sarpong was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue. In October 2015, she joined the board of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, lobbying for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. In October 2019, June Sarpong was appointed as the BBC’s first Director of Creative Diversity
SKIIM Founder and Creative Director Caroline Sciamma-Massenet began her fashion career in front of the camera. As a model she learnt what women love to wear. 17 years later, as a Stylist with French Vogue and CR Fashion Book, she learnt what women need in their wardrobe. Caroline encourages the SKIIM woman to play with her style, mixing luxury leathers with vintage denims, emerging labels, silk, cotton and wool; to avoid total-looks and build on her own spirit and identity. SKIIM is a fusion of Parisienne chic and London cool, specialising in leather and suede pret-a-porter that is a complimentary essential in a modern woman’s wardrobe. It aims to make her look and feel beautiful, creating pieces that are thoughtfully designed and timeless, evolving and changing with her. Collections are style rather than trend-led, and inspired by the attitude of iconic French cinema and actresses from the 60’s and 70’s with more than a nod to the irreverence and sex appeal of the two era’s. SKIIM works towards supply chain transparency, fair trade and garment longevity. We value freedom, humility, depth and personality. https://www.skiim-london.com/
Inspired by a number of successful British middle distance runners in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Holmes began competing in middle distance events in her youth. She joined the British Army, but continued to compete at the organisation’s athletics events. She turned to the professional athletics circuit in the early 1990s and in 1994 she won the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games and took silver at the European Championships. She won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships, but suffered from various injuries over the following two years, failing to gain a medal at her first Olympics in Atlanta 1996. She won silver in the 1500 m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 800 m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, her first Olympic medal.
Originally from Australia, Donna owns a string of London denim boutiques and runs clinics to help women find jeans that fit. Donna decided to open her own boutique with an emphasis on customer service and advice after experiencing poor service buying jeans in department stores. The first Donna Ida boutique opened in Chelsea in October 2006, the brand growing to include three more boutiques and an online store. Donna has been nominated 3 times for Best Womenswear Boutique in the Drapers Awards, as well as listed in the top 50 best boutiques in Britain by The Telegraph.
American-born, London-based Diane Kordas was educated in fashion at Parsons School of Design, but it was the jewellery she made for family and friends that continuously caught people’s eye. Within months of launching as a fine jewellery brand, her designs were snapped up by the world’s most sought-after stockists — from Net-a-Porter and Dover Street Market in London to Montaigne Market in Paris, Maxfield in LA and Joyce in Hong Kong — and coveted by some of the world’s most iconic women: Gisele Bundchen, Madonna, Natalie Dormer, Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jourdan Dunn and Saoirse Ronan to name a few. https://www.dianekordasjewellery.com/
Amanda Wakeley OBE is a British fashion designer best known for her evening and cocktail dresses and accessories, and for her “clean glam” signature style, Amanda has also developed a presence in daywear, including day-dresses, tailoring and knitwear and a line of accessories and jewellery. Amanda Wakeley is an advocate for international organisation Women for Women.
As Chief Executive, Berry has been instrumental in the major changes BAFTA has undergone in recent years, successfully positioning it as the pre-eminent charitable body that educates, promotes and rewards excellence in film, games and television, bringing the very best work to public attention and supporting the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Under her leadership, BAFTA’s charitable activities have grown to include a year-round learning and events programme consisting of over 200 events a year, many of which are filmed and made available to the public via BAFTA’s Guru Website. With branches in Los Angeles, New York, Scotland and Wales and activity in Asia, BAFTA's charitable message is communicated to a global audience. Amanda is passionate about BAFTA's work discovering, nuturing and supporting the next generation of talent. Amongst the wide range of initiatives to help talented people reach their potential, the most high profile is BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, which also launched in China as BAFTA Breakthrough China in June 2019. Berry was appointed an OBE for services to the Film Industry in HM The Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours List.
Melissa Odabash incredible fashion designer known for her swimwear designs and has been noted by Vogue as creating the "Ferraris of swimwear." Her designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In this very first episode I sit down with Melissa at her London home, Melissa only said yes so she could be me around to tidy up her shelves! We discuss her early business life and what it takes to build a global brand.