It's no wonder handbags have taken centre stage in the fashion world this decade. When you see one that's good - it can really take an outfit to another level. My only gripe is that many people just go for a name rather than the intrinsic design. Whenever I can, I try to buy local. Even when it comes to luxury brands. This is where Rachael Ruddick and her gorgeous range of handbags and accessories (love the cuffs!) come in. Just check out her website and see if you can't help but put something on your Christmas list.
Which five words best describe you? Loyal, tenacious, ambitious, direct, compassionate.
What was your first career job and what path have you taken since then? Country manager Christian Dior fashion. Since then moved within LVMH to be brand manager of Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon.
What's your career proudest achievement? Launching Rachael Ruddick, which I feel is the result of a culmination of my background in business, fashion and luxury.
What's been your best decision? There are a few: to study in France, to marry David and have a beautiful little girl.
Who inspires you? Various members of my family - my husband who is the most determined and motivated person I have ever met. My parents for their vision and passion, my brother for his loyalty and my sister-in-law Lucy for her creativity, warmth and ambition.
What are you passionate about? Dear friends, my family - oh, and handbags.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Don't throw all of your eggs in one basket.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would love to spend some time with Ralph Lauren. He has created a quintessentially American brand, a brand that exudes luxury and excellence in design and workmanship, yet is affordable. His global empire is well defined.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To open a group of accessories boutiques and concession areas.
What are you reading? The towering world of Jimmy Choo.
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