Dou­bling up

Noth­ing warms our heart more than see­ing best friends be­come suc­cess sto­ries. We speak to three fe­male power duos and BFFs be­hind 2018’s hottest brands

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OR­LAGH MCCLOSKEY AND HEN­RI­ETTA RIX Rixo Lon­don Co-Founders and Cre­ative Di­rec­tors

Play­ful prints, a celebrity fol­low­ing and ac­ces­si­ble price points to boot – what’s not to love about this Lon­don-born brand by two best friends, Or­lagh McCloskey and Hen­ri­etta Rix? With a shared pas­sion for vin­tage cloth­ing and a need for beau­ti­ful silk dresses that didn’t cost the earth, the women cre­ated a lusted-af­ter brand What’s the best thing about work­ing to­gether? Both: Work­ing with my best friend!

How did you be­gin work­ing to­gether? Or­lagh: We met at univer­sity, at Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion. We bonded over our shared love of all things vin­tage and be­came best friends in­stantly af­ter work­ing to­gether on a project – fast for­ward a few years and Rixo was born.

Hen­ri­etta: I think the first thing I asked Or­lagh, was “Where’s your bag from?” I’d been eye­ing it up since our first class to­gether – it was vin­tage, of course. We got talk­ing af­ter that and I couldn’t be­lieve I’d found some­one who loved vin­tage as much as me. We’d scour char­ity shops and vin­tage fairs to­gether all over Lon­don, around the UK and even abroad when we went on hol­i­day to­gether, hunt­ing for time­less trea­sures. We still make time to do this now, and it’s where we got the in­spi­ra­tion to start Rixo. Af­ter a cou­ple of years work­ing as fash­ion buy­ers, we de­cided to launch Rixo as we felt there was a gap in the mar­ket for vin­tage-in­spired pieces at a con­tem­po­rary price point. It was a big risk. We quit our jobs, in­vested all of our own money and spent our first year do­ing ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing our­selves, but we haven’t looked back since.

De­scribe your brand in three words. Or­lagh: Vin­tage-in­spired. Flat­ter­ing. Prints!

What kind of woman wears your la­bel?

Hen­ri­etta: Rixo is for all women, re­gard­less of age, shape, na­tion­al­ity or sea­son. The Rixo girl doesn’t fol­low fash­ion trends – she cares about in­vest­ing in orig­i­nal pieces that will stand the test of time. She wants easy-to-wear, flat­ter­ing wardrobe es­sen­tials that fit seam­lessly into her life­style and aren’t some­thing she wears once and never touches again. We want women to know that they can count on their Rixo piece time and time again.

How do you see your pieces be­ing worn?

Hen­ri­etta: Our dresses are made to be ver­sa­tile wardrobe pieces – our Marni wrap­dress or Luna wrap­dress work just as well paired with heels for an event as they do dressed-down over a pair of jeans or with train­ers for a ca­sual lunch, or even over a bikini and paired with san­dals for a day by the pool or at the beach.

Or­lagh: For our sep­a­rates, such as our Ge­or­gia skirt and Moss blouse, you can go bold and wear them to­gether ei­ther in the same print, or, in our favourite way, pair op­pos­ing prints to­gether. Al­ter­na­tively, pair one of our Ge­or­gia skirts with a vin­tage shirt or a ba­sic, crisp white T-shirt and the Moss blouse with denim for easy breezy, low-main­te­nance looks.

Why do you think it’s bet­ter work­ing as a duo rather than solo?

Hen­ri­etta: Rixo is our baby – build­ing the brand has ba­si­cally been our life for the past three years and it’s been great to have Or­lagh to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with. It’s amaz­ing to have some­one who is as in­vested in Rixo

as much as I am and who is as de­ter­mined as I am to see it be a suc­cess.

Or­lagh: The best thing for me is know­ing some­one will al­ways have my back, whether it’s to bounce ideas off, push me to run with a cre­ative idea – such as a new print com­bi­na­tion that I per­haps thought might have been com­pletely crazy – or, at the same time, have the con­fi­dence to flag if they think some­thing won’t work. Two heads are al­ways bet­ter than one.

Luna Dress in Blue Diana Flo­ral Dhs1,475

Cherie Dress in Pearl Spot Diana Flo­ral Dhs1,325

Gra­cie Skirt in Mono Tiger Dhs1,125

Moss Red Tiger Blouse Dhs875

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