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Meet the leader: Anya Hindmarch

28 Mar 2017

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch launched her handbag business in 1987 aged 19. Nearly 30 years later the luxury brand turns over £28m and has 41 stores worldwide. 

She says,  “I’ve always thought about the business as a brand from day one. I am fascinated by the psychological influence brands have on people. Handbags, in particular, are appealing to women because you don’t have to be a size 10 to wear a great handbag. I just knew I was ambitious and believed it would take off and be big.”

In 2009, Hindmarch, who is a member of IoD Central London, was awarded an MBE for her contribution to the fashion industry and in 2012 she was crowned British Businesswoman of the Year at the Veuve Clicquot awards.

In our interview Hindmarch reveals…

  • Why she had to change her role from CEO to chief creative officer and company chair “for the good of the business and for me.”
  • In her role as a government business ambassador, she discovered that UK companies are scared of exporting.
  • Why she has a framed picture of Margaret Thatcher at her office
  • The secret to great leadership

Read the full story here


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