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6:30 A.M. I usu­ally wake up early and by my­self, but I set an alarm just in case. I sleep in white cot­ton-satin bed­sheets from Frette. I rarely lie-in, morn­ings are my favourite time of the day. I open the win­dows to let the air and light in, if the sun is up. The first thing I do when I wake up is an Ayurvedic rit­ual, I drink warm wa­ter and le­mon. I usu­ally check my phone to make sure I haven’t missed any­thing ur­gent as we do work across so many time zones. I don’t lis­ten to mu­sic, I love the si­lence at that time of day. I don’t have any tech­nol­ogy in my bed­room. I ac­tu­ally have a switch that turns off all elec­tri­cal cir­cuits and WiFi. I al­ways keep the first two hours of the day to my­self. I live on my own in Lon­don. I gen­er­ally grav­i­tate to­wards apart­ments, and I usu­ally con­nect with cer­tain ar­eas in each city. In Lon­don it’s Not­ting Hill, in New York, it’s Chelsea. 6:45 A.M. I jump in the shower and start get­ting ready for the day ahead. I use David Mal­let sham­poo and con­di­tioner and I also use his hair oil after the shower. I use Royal Fern Phy­toac­tive Cleans­ing Balm as a face wash, and Phy­toac­tive Serum be­fore I mois­turise, and anti-age­ing eye cream. I also use Au­gusti­nus Bader Rich Cream which is truly an in­no­va­tion – it ac­ti­vates your own stem cells. I gen­er­ally do fa­cials once a month. In Paris I see Melanie Grant. I do oil pulling, too. It’s an Ayurvedic prac­tice where oil is swished around in the mouth. It is a per­fect detox, and a great way to start the day. 8:00 A.M. I do Yoga if time per­mits and then have break­fast. My break­fast is also part of my Ayurvedic rou­tine, I usu­ally eat Quinoa or buck­wheat por­ridge with berries and sprouted nuts and seeds. I’ve got used to get­ting ready with­out too much fuss. I gen­er­ally wear dresses or trousers with a sweater or shirt. Sim­plic­ity is al­ways my pref­er­ence, but I do love colours and print as well. I’m some­times in­spired by the city I’m in. I al­ways wear a vin­tage 1930s ring and a 25-carat gold ban­gle from Mene. 8:30 A.M. I or­der an Uber and I’m on my way to work. I use this time to catch up on my news, emails, and What­sApps. I also check In­sta­gram. I never leave home with­out my iPhone. I usu­ally read the New York Times and Fi­nan­cial Times. My go-to sources for in­dus­try news are Busi­ness of Fash­ion and WWD. 9:00 A.M. Ar­rive at work. Our of­fices are all dec­o­rated in the same style – neu­tral and con­tem­po­rary – there is a com­mon look and feel, when you walk into a Karla Otto of­fice, you know where you are. We have nine around the world. I love art and de­sign, but I wouldn’t call my­self a col­lec­tor. I love beau­ti­ful things, so if there is

“I TRAVEL TO A ROUND FIVE CITIES EACH MONTH AND I HAVE A FAVOURITE RESTAU­RANT IN EV­ERY CITY. IN MI­LAN IT’ S LAT­TER IA; WHEN IN LA, I GO TO MATSUHISA; A ND LON­DON IT ’S THOMAS’S AT THE BUR BER RY STORE .”

PR guru, Karla Otto

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