I couldn’t live without...
‘My iphone, i’m afraid. it lets Me talk to potential clients all over the world immediately, wherever i am, through social Media or directly.’
what we were doing. i was thrilled with how well the last collection, Balazuc, was received. Launching that range was a game changer.
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS?
Well, i wouldn’t say that i am a success yet but, as you so often hear, it’s hard work and tenacity. And i also think that you have to do what you want and not listen too much to what’s going on, as trends do come and go.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE WORK AND FAMILY LIFE?
With difficulty, but i think that any working mother carries guilt about how well she’s managing work and home. i was talking to our youngest daughter recently and she said that she felt her childhood was pretty idyllic, so we can’t have done too badly.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN AND WHY?
framboise, because that’s where it all started. i do two things to produce our fabrics – one is to bring back into being designs that would otherwise be lost and the other is to work from old designs to produce something new. framboise was the fabric that led to the ageing finish that i developed. the whole inchyra look has evolved from it.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
i’m trying to work out which of two collections to release next. i think i’ve decided. one is rustic and contemporary and the other floral, based around a beautiful 18th-century french design that i’ve had for years.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
it could be anything. finding a treasure of a fabric hidden in an antiques shop or seeing something random that i could work with. At the moment, i’m inspired by motifs from antique china and it’s taken me off on a whole new path.
WHOSE WORK DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?
i owe a lot to fabric designer kate forman. We’ve been friends since our early twenties. She showed me that it was possible to start from scratch in this business and build a brand from something that you love.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO ESCAPE TO?
inchyra is an incredibly busy place so we have a cottage on the west coast of Scotland. it’s a little white house that sits on a hill looking across the sea over towards mull. As soon as we arrive it’s like therapy!
HOW DOES YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND SHAPE UP?
on the west coast of Scotland, with the cottage filled with friends. Long walks, the pub, good food, lots of laughing, no telly and masses of music.
DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL AFFAIRS OR COMMUNITY GROUPS?
We run a music venue that brings some amazing artists into the village and i’m a trustee of the village hall. it’s getting harder to find volunteers to run facilities like the village hall, so the people who do are just brilliant.
WE’RE COMING TO VISIT – WHAT MUSTN’T WE MISS?
the inchyra Arts club, of course! And we’re very excited about the new V&A opening in dundee (vandadundee.org).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP LOCALLY?
Provender Brown (provenderbrown.co.uk) – it’s a fantastic gourmet deli in Perth that stocks local and far-flung foods.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT LOCALLY?
the north Port restaurant (thenorthport.co.uk) in Perth, which focuses on growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers.
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Caroline sorting through her fabric collection.
Many of Caroline’s fabrics are based on antique designs.
Caroline and James on the estate with their Scottish Deerhound, D’artagnan, and Chocolate Labrador mother and daughter, Fusca and Ripley.
A vintage-style floral print adds charm and character.
The Bean Shop in Perth is one of Caroline’s regular coffee stops.