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

The Simple Things - - WISDOM -

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.

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