What is your relationship like with fashion? What does dressing certainly mean to you?
I think my relationship with fashion is very up and down. Fashion is the second dirtiest industry on Earth and the second most exploitative for forced and child labour. It is something that by default is exploitative and that's why we have to look and support brands like Dai that are actually prioritising doing the right thing because the reality is you are the exception rather than the rule.
But equally I love fashion, I love art, I love creativity, I love the fact that women can show up in the world, be absolutely boss at what they're doing, change laws and policy but also look great while doing it. I think it's really problematic in modern feminism when women can't have both. So, my relationship with fashion in a positive way is largely secondhand. Most of my wardrobe and jewellery are secondhand, which I built over a number of years. When I invest in new pieces, I invest in companies that are prioritising people and the planet, and I especially love businesses and organisations that are run by women.
Tell us your must-haves and travel hacks when it comes to packing for a work trip vacation. What are the pieces that you can't leave home without?
Well, I always pack a suit, and my mother is constantly telling me that I should probably expand out of that, but I always have a suit with me. You never know when you're gonna need one, and also I think it's so versatile you can wear a blazer with a cute pair of shorts or suit pants with a cute top. I think it's great for a holiday and for work.
I also never leave without swimmers because I love to swim. If I can ever get near the ocean, it doesn't matter what temperature it is — I'll get into it! So yes, I always have a suit, I always have swimmers, they're my main things.
We love your style and how you put outfits together. What is your best piece of starting advice for a young woman coming up in her career?
I think the best piece of advice that I got from my mother and actually something that I see in so many of the women who I work with and whose style I love is to invest in iconic pieces that they wear over and over and over. This makes building a sustainable wardrobe far more appealing because the truth is you do pay more for things that are made fairly and without harming people or planet and animals. If you buy one thing that you can love for a really long time and can wear and style so many different ways, it makes us more creative. These staple pieces are what we need to build a foundation of a capsule wardrobe but also a wardrobe that lasts the test of time.
I think it's really about investing in quality pieces that will last the test of time. Honestly when you invest in them, it debunks the myth about what is expensive and what is the true cost, because nothing should come at the cost of somebody else's basic human rights. Buying one thing that lasts is far more affordable long-term than buying multiple things that last one season and fall apart when they put it in the washing machine. I would definitely say investing in stable pieces and then finding joy in secondhand pieces that only can belong to you.