What do you love about Cefinn?
I think more than ever we are all looking to make fashion purchases that will stand the test of time, and I think Cefinn delivers that timelessness perfectly. Cameron’s designs are considered and beautifully well made, and are guaranteed to be hanging in your wardrobe for years to come.
What are your favourite pieces from Cefinn’s current collection?
I really love the new Spencer jumpsuits – they’re a super relaxed yet chic work-and-WFH option that, paired with trainers, also works for a pub lunch. The Josephine suit is also well cut and really versatile. I love the way the trousers are partly elasticated making them unusually comfortable for tailoring.
What do you consider the essential items to have in your wardrobe for work?
My workplace is fairly informal, so I tend to live in jeans, a silk blouse and a sharp blazer. On days where I want to up the ante I’ll wear a wide-legged suit dressed-down with a t-shirt and trainers.
What was your first job?
I grew up in Cambridge and my first ever job was working as a punt chauffeur on the River Cam. I would push a group of 12 tourists along in a boat, giving them a tour of the beautiful colleges. It was such a fun job, and the boats were heavy, so I got really fit!
My first office job though was at Burberry, working on their digital commerce team. With the power duo of Christopher Bailey and Angela Ahrendts at the helm, it was a really exciting time to work for the brand.
What advice would you give to women who would like a career in journalism?
Long-time Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter came to Oxford to give a talk when I was a student there and I remember so clearly him saying “don’t study journalism, just start doing it.” And I thought that was such good advice. If you have a curious mind and a talent for writing, don’t waste your money on expensive courses, just get out there and start writing (or making the tea!) for and making contacts at whichever publication you can. Even if it’s your school magazine or your village newspaper, it’s all great practice.
I also think that in this digital-first world, any aspiring journalist should have an online presence. Share your thoughts and your work on social media - having a personal brand never hurts.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I get to spend all day talking to people and writing about the latest and greatest in fashion and beauty, both of which I have loved since I was a child. In my opinion, there’s very little to dislike!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I moved to Hong Kong on my own in 2015 with no money and no job and returned two and a half years later as an editor at Hong Kong Tatler magazine, with a lot of amazing memories and even more amazing friends. I’m proud of that as a life achievement I guess.
What is your motto?
Paddle your own canoe.
How do you relax?
A long run followed by food and plenty of red wine with friends.
What is a favourite book that you’ve read recently and why did you love it?
I am late to the party on this one but I read Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch this summer and loved it so much I cried when I finished the last page. I’m tempted to watch the movie but the reviews are all so shocking I don’t want to ruin it.