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The Brown Thomas Podcast
Join us for series 3 of the Brown Thomas podcast, as we take you behind the scenes to hear from some of the most inspiring voices in the world of fashion and beauty. Hosted by broadcaster and radio presenter Louise Duffy, with her warm and intelligent interview style, Louise asks all the right questions, unleashing fascinating insight into fashion and beauty's most talented stars.
Series 3 will welcome an incredibly dynamic guest line-up featuring the most inspiring people from the world of fashion including designer Hayley Menzies, and Beauty columnist and author Sali Hughes as well as eponymous skincare brand founder Sunday Riley and many more. Join us for the perfect escape, leaving you feeling inspired, informed and excited about what's in store in both fashion and beauty in 2021 . Tune in here...
Roxie Nafousi, an emotional health adviser, manifestor and writer speaks with us in this episode. She tell us how manifesting changed her life three years ago and how she is now developing the lives of others through her self-love and motivational workshops.
Roxie has a particular adoration for self-care, she talks us through her morning skincare routine, her favourite products from Clinique and how she uses this time as a form of meditation.
In this episode Louise speaks to one of the world’s most renowned fashion accessory designers, Anya Hindmarch. An environmentalist with philanthropy at the core of many of her campaigns Anya is famous for her creativity and craftsmanship when it comes to designing and producing her beautiful bags. Anya talks about publishing her new book, launching an ambitious new project in London and the story behind her latest collection ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’.
Sarah Chapman, Founder Skinesis
In this episode, Louise chats to Founder, CEO and Skinesis product formulator Sarah Chapman. When forming her brand, Sarah merged two areas of skincare - results driven ingredients and the feel-good factor that comes with luxurious beauty products. Sarah covers all things skincare from the long-term effects of sun damage to the importance of treating your skin's current condition. We learn about the benefits of facial massage and Sarah’s top tips when prepping the skin for a big life event such as a wedding. Sarah also takes us through the three most important skincare steps - cleanse, treat and protect.
Lucy Hagerty – Founder of La Bougie
This week, we speak to expert perfumer and founder of luxury brand La Bougie, Lucy Hagerty. Lucy discusses starting her business, the intricate process of creating scents, her previous career as a chef to the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and how her foodie background eventually led her to a new career in creating beautiful artisan products adored by candle connoisseurs and perfume lovers. Created entirely in her Perfumery in Kinsale, West Cork, Lucy talks us through the power of scent to evoke memories, provides insights into the process of creating bespoke fragrances and her latest endeavour combining the alchemy of aromatherapy and turning it into exquisite fragrances.
World Earth Month – Positive Change
Brown Thomas places sustainability at the heart of everything we do; how we work, what we buy and sell. We see it as ‘Doing the Right thing’ which is one of our core business values. With a vision to reinvent retail, existing to imagine and strive for a sustainable future for their people, customers and communities. Our aim is to manage environmental footprint, responsibly source products and support people and communities.
For this episode of the Brown Thomas podcast, in light of World Earth Day we are focusing on the founders and creators of brands within the business who are taking action and leading the way through their sustainable efforts. Join us as we learn how they are committed to creating a positive change.
Camille Perry and Holly Wright of TOVE
In this episode, Louise is joined by Camille Perry and Holly Wright of TOVE, a new and exciting label to Brown Thomas. TOVE can be described as a minimalist meets romantic brand which over the last two years has gained a cult following thanks to easy to wear designs and simple pieces with quality, longevity and practicality in mind. Listen to how Camille and Holly joined forces to create their passion project.
Georgiana Huddart, Creative Director and Designer at Hunza G
In this episode, Louise speaks to Georgiana Huddart, Creative Director and Designer at Hunza G. Georgiana discusses her background in fashion & interior design whilst sharing her love for the heritage crinkle fabric that she wore throughout her youth and also by Julia Roberts who debuted the iconic blue and white “Hunza dress” in Pretty Woman. We learn about the brand’s humble beginnings on Instagram and the one size fit stance which represents their effort to remain an inclusive brand made by women for women, whilst also lessening chance of over-purchased sizing on a commercial level.
Amanda Harrington, Founder of Amanda Harrington London
Louise is joined by Amanda Harrington, founder of luxury tanning brand Amanda Harrington London. Amanda tells Louise how her love for classical art and her passion for body painting led her on a very special journey. After a body painting course in Australia, a degree in makeup artistry and the death of her Father due to skin cancer, Amanda wanted to hone her craft and educate people on the dangers of sun damage while offering an alternative. This led her to the development of Amanda Harrington London. Amanda shares with us her incredible tanning tips and tricks and gives us a glimpse into the glamorous world of Hollywood, from blockbuster films to rock and roll band tours.
Geza Schoen Founder of Escentric Molecules
In this episode Louise talks to Geza Schoen, founder of minimalist fragrance brand Escentric Molecules. Geza talks to Louise about how it all began with a secret passion for fragrance which he developed at the age of 13 when he began collecting different fragrance samples. During the podcast, we learn about Iso E Super, a very special molecule that Geza recognised as a common link between fragrances he loved that were already on the market. From here, Geza began experimenting with Iso E Super in unheard of proportions which led to the launch of Escentric Molecules in 2006. Geza and Louise talk about how fragrance has the ability to trigger a beautiful memory from the past and how each individual has their own olfactory fingerprint. Geza also talks about three new additions to Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01 + Mandarin, Molecule 01 + Iris and Molecule 01 + Patchouli.
Jemma Cassidy, Chief Product Officer of Sweaty Betty
In today’s episode, Louise speaks with Jemma Cassidy, Chief Product Officer of Sweaty Betty.
Jemma discusses what the role of Chief Product Officer entails, and her journey to get there with stints in Topshop and Dunnes Stores along the way.
We learn about the brand’s mission statement to empower women through fitness and beyond, working with a female founder, female CEO, female CPO and female design team, designing with women in mind. Jemma discusses the incredible success and growth of Sweaty Betty throughout the last year, and how they are just scratching the surface of activewear. Stay tuned for lots of exciting launches and collaborations on the horizon!
This week we speak with Hayley Menzies, who takes us through the wonderful journey of her eponymous brand. Hayley Menzies' fashion training began in the London College of Fashion where she studied design and styling. Her career took a meandering route through London’s wild rave scene to running a nightlife business, via yoga training in Thailand. It was in these years as a rock n’ rolling stone that Hayley’s unique aesthetic took shape. In 2011, Hayley Menzies set up a stall in Portobello Market and from there the brand has grown from strength to strength. Just launched with Brown Thomas this season, the brand specialises in creating knitwear and lasting treasures made for life’s maximalist souls.
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Anne Pitcher
In today’s episode we are celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special guest, Anne Pitcher. Anne is Managing Director of the Selfridges Group, a collection of 5 iconic global brands - Selfridges in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada, di Bijenkorf in the Netherlands, and Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland. Anne is renowned for her cutting edge & experiential retail strategies over the years and in 2020 Anne was awarded the coveted Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to retail. Anne discusses females in industry, her rise from ‘shop girl’ to where she is today, and how the Selfridges Group plan to reinvent retail through sustainability, creative vision and relentless innovation.
Peigín Crowley – Founder of Ground
In this episode we speak to the founder of Ground, Peigín Crowley. Ground Wellbeing is a collection of natural aromatherapy oils and balms with interwoven wellness rituals to encourage mindful selfcare. Having spent over 20 years in the world of Spa and Wellness, Peigín has helped her clients create award-winning spas. During 2020, after a very simple realisation that we need to slow down and mind ourselves more, Peigín launched her own wellbeing brand with natural aromatherapy balms and oils for the face and body, which help to bring focus, ritual and intention into our daily lives. Peigín discusses starting her own brand whilst navigating the pandemic and how we can create mindful selfcare for ourselves and our families.
We speak with muse, model and fashion designer Harris Reed. Harris talks about growing up with an early love of fashion, having a supportive Mother who encouraged experimentation with gender fluidity, and the new M·A·C collection that celebrates freedom and self-expression. Working with a number of high profile clients, Harris talks about having Harry Styles as a client as well as working with Sam Smith and Florence Welch. We find out which lucky celebrity is next on Harris’ wish list to dress and we hear about the most recent celebrity customer to shop the collection – Miley Cyrus. Harris describes the process of creating makeup to truly represent who you are and explains the way in which the Fluid Beauty Collection from M.A.C is creating a moment in history.
John Molloy, Memo Paris
This week Louise is joined by John Molloy, co-founder of Memo Paris. John talks to Louise about his Irish heritage, building a family brand from scratch with wife Clara and what the future looks like for Memo Paris. We learn about the art of fragrance and the way in which it can offer us a welcome escape, transporting us to exotic locations from Paris to Brazil. John talks about how beauty is at the core of Memo Paris, with memory as the driving force behind the brand. We also learn about the importance of sustainability in the industry and how investment in rich, high quality ingredients is key.
Sean Barron, Co-Founder of RE/DONE
In this episode we speak to Sean Barron, Co-Founder of cult brand RE/DONE. RE/DONE was born online in 2014, with their first batch of jeans selling out within 12 minutes and from there the brand has grown from strength to strength. Sean discusses how RE/DONE is more than a luxury label, RE/DONE is a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant and a movement to create sustainable fashion.
Beauty Journalist, Broadcaster and Author Sali Hughes
In this episode we speak to journalist, broadcaster and author Sali Hughes. As the only girl in a household full of boys, Sali fell in love with beauty and luxury skincare from an early age. During the podcast, Sali reminisces on how her love for beauty began with her first Clinique lipstick given to her by her brother. We get an insight into how Sali goes about testing and trailing different products, what her skincare regime looks like and the skincare ingredients she can’t live without. Sali also talks about how she protects her integrity in the world of social media through trust and transparency.
Chanel Brand Ambassador Zoe Taylor
This week we talk to CHANEL ambassador and makeup artist Zoe Taylor. Louise talks to Zoe about her amazing life as a CHANEL ambassador, how she got into the world of beauty and her journey so far. Zoe shares with us her insight on how the world of beauty is changing, the essential beauty ingredients she needs as part of her daily routine and the importance of clean beauty and traceability. We also hear some of Zoe's pro makeup and skincare tips and her advice to those who want to break into the industry.