The designer, 55, reveals how she fits running her fashion label in London around a love of escaping to the mountains
Iusually wake up at about 6.45am, grab a cup of green tea and do a combination of ballet, deep stretch and interval training. That sets me up for the day. Then I make a smoothie – with coconut yogurt (which I’m addicted to), udos oil and all sorts of berries. I put on a bit of make-up and head off to work with my labrador, who’s the team mascot and dustbin.
There is no typical day, which is what I love about my job. I might be in the design studio working on the next collection, in the head office, or meeting customers in our flagship store in Mayfair. I love a big salad at lunchtime and my dog and I often walk to a greengrocer’s near the office; I like the process of choosing what I’m going to put in my salads and having five minutes of balance.
I usually leave work by 7pm and either go for dinner with friends or to an event, or relax in front of a box set with my other half [Hugh Morrison, who is also her business partner] – we love Game of Thrones and Suits. He has three children who live close by, so sometimes they will walk over and have supper with us.
I might have to do some more work, as you can never really switch off when you have your own business. It’s a double-edged sword – part of the joy and one of the challenges. I try to stop working by 10pm. As I get older, I’m becoming much better at balancing things.
Hugh and I travel a lot at weekends, going sailing and skiing in Verbier. I’ve skied all my life and love being up high in the mountains, getting some fresh air. You’re in the elements when you’re on a glacier. We may have a day when we’re completely alone and, if we’re really lucky, get to see mountain goats. It’s a complete contrast to being in the studio.