Amanda Wake­ley

The de­signer, 55, re­veals how she fits run­ning her fashion la­bel in Lon­don around a love of es­cap­ing to the moun­tains

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - HOW I MAKE IT WORK -

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.

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