Dior’s Syd­ney Finch mixes her love of con­tem­po­rary fash­ion and art with a vin­tage aes­thetic in her west-London home

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‘I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in women who had a voice,’ says Syd­ney Finch, Dior’s press and pub­lic relations di­rec­tor, when we meet at the mag­nif­i­cent four-storey town­house in West­bourne Grove she shares with her 12-year-old daugh­ter Oona and their two dogs, Hud­son and Whiskey. She’s ex­plain­ing how she grew up read­ing Glo­ria Steinem and Joan Did­ion and chose to study Jane Austen and Maya An­gelou as part of her English lit­er­a­ture de­gree at Columbia Univer­sity. ‘Women who were able to ex­press them­selves and were in­de­pen­dent and dy­namic – that’s al­ways ap­pealed to me.’ She may as well be de­scrib­ing the keys to her own ex­tra­or­di­nary suc­cess.

Af­ter a stint as a mag­a­zine beauty editor, Finch started her jour­ney to fash­ion’s front line when she was re­cruited by Estée Lauder to work in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, be­fore mov­ing to launch Frédéric Fekkai in Amer­ica. ‘That re­ally opened my world up in terms of fash­ion, and af­ter about five years I met Gi­ambat­tista

Top: Syd­ney Finch with Hud­son (left) and Whiskey in her liv­ing-room. All clothes through­out, her own, ex­cept where stated

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