My day in cups of tea We’re guessing that with the business name Glow, you’ll be fond of a Christmas light…
WE ASKED INNOVATIVE KNITWEAR DESIGNER COMET CHUKURA TO TELL US ABOUT HER DAY IN CUPPAS
First cuppa of the day and what are you doing?
I make a black filter coffee, and start my day at my laptop, replying to the ‘easy’ emails of the day.
We’ll ask easy questions, promise! Can you tell us a bit about your business?
I started Glow for cyclists who wanted to wear fashionable high-vis clothing. As a cyclist, I have limited appreciation for Lycra! I also volunteer at a women’s drop-in centre, which led to my desire to have the collection handmade, enabling women with difficult life situations.
And what does a day involve?
The only thing that I do consistently is that first cup of coffee! I spend a lot of time developing and designing samples, as well as meeting makers, posting orders and taking photos of my samples.
Are you extra busy in the run-up to Christmas?
Yes, we do get busier, but we combat this by making knitwear all year around, so we’re ready.
Clever. Do you have a favourite mug?
Two of them. Beautifully handmade black handle-less mugs that I found in a charity shop. They provide such a splash of colour in an otherwise rather dark season. Mince pies and Christmas dinner are other festive favourites.
Has strong, sugary tea ever helped in a crisis?
Absolutely, if I’m cold and tired, then a hot cup of sweet tea always hits the spot. Don’t mention the time it spilled onto my beautiful cream carpet…
How do you unwind at the end of a day?
I love to customise clothes or I like to read a good novel, perhaps with a green or peppermint tea.
If you’re heading out, what song gives you that festive feeling?
Oh, tricky one. Probably Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’.
COMET CHUKURA lives in East London and is the founder and designer of Glow, the high-visibility knitwear brand; glowandsee.com. Her simple thing is pumpkin-spicedcandlelit winter nights.