Sensational leather bags were strewn all over Anya Hindmarch’s office when I went to chat to her, but my eye kept being drawn to the very large, very well-stocked drinks trolley in the corner of her office. “On the last Friday of the month,” explained Anya, “I pull this out and the entire company comes in for a drink – everyone from the van driver to the finance director.” And that finance director is also her husband. And the father of her 5 kids. Yes five. A number I am familiar with.
All her numbers are impressive: 1000, the number of pounds she borrowed to start her business; 19, the age she was when she opened her first shop; 3, the number of Design awards she has won at the British Fashion Awards; and 50, the number of shops she now has. And not to forget 1, the MBE she has from the Queen.
And she’s not even an old bag yet.