Stories with Emma Charles

Stories with Emma Charles

Stories with Emma Charles

We're excited this month that we were able to catch up with the talented and beautiful Emma Charles. She is the Creative Director and Owner of Emma Charles that creates elegant, fun accessories pieces inspired by her RTW beginnings. 

We'd love to know about your career path so far? Tell us more! 

I started my journey into the fashion industry whilst at university. I was very lucky to get internships at Preen by Thornton Breggazzi, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney. Once I graduated, I got a job at Preen. I loved my time there! I got to see a varied view of the industry from Design, Press, E-Com, Wholesale Sales and Production. I left Preen to launch Emma Charles. 

What do you like about your job?

I love being my own boss. I think when you are creative, it's quite restrictive designing for someone else. It is a massive privilege to have my own freedom and extremely rewarding.

What the most challenging this about your job?

As a start-up, I’d defiantly say cashflow.

Most memorable moment at work?

Personally, when I had my presentations on the LFW Schedule. A lot of hard work solely by me, made that happen. The last presentation I did was SS19 - I can remember the doors opening. When the models first walked out I could hear the cameras going crazy, it was quite emotional. For now whilst I am focusing on my handbag range I’ve put the presentations on hold. Business-wise, being picked up by Selfridges, Printemps, Rinascente and The Webster where huge milestones.

What are your favourite things to do when you have time off?

Walking alongside the beach, I love heading down the Whitstable. I come from a fishing village up north, there's something calming about the sea. Even on a cold winter day.

How would you describe your home interior?

Ummm, I’d call it eclectic chic, I love nick-nack. I have a mix up of different antique objects, plants, and surprising bold paint choices. My modern London flat is secretly shouting out for some kind of period feature.

How do you relax?

Closing the curtains, lighting the candles, cuppa in hand and watching something on TV, a film or a program.

What makes you the happiest?

Probably, seeing live music. I find it quite moving - not because of the music itself but that the person or people on the stage are truly doing what they love. And I always think it would have taken a lot of hard work to get to that point.

Have you got a favourite place to travel?

I love Malta. I love that you can go to visit a different city each day. All within half an hour.

What was your first job?

My first job at 15 was pretty horrendous but I did really love it. Each summer I would do the annual summer clean at Middlesbrough Football Club. This consisted of cleaning 36 thousand seats, all of the toilets, the turnstiles and general cleaning of the stadium. I did that 4 summers in a row. There were probably 12 of us doing it, so I wasn’t solo. 

Have you got a treasured possession?

I do! When I was a child I had a blanket called my ‘Bla’ I loved it so much, all that's left of it is a tiny tiny piece, roughly 4x4cm if that. The Bla is now safe in a photo frame to safely preserve this extremely precious item.

If you could travel time where ould you go?

To an amazing party in the 30s at Eltham Palace.

Do you support any charities or causes?

I do, I support Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Its a charity very close to my heart.

What has helped you get to where you are now?

The closest people in my life, family and friends.

Website Link: emmacharles.co.uk 

Instagram Link: @EmmaCharlesUK

Emma loves the Bay and Juniper candle:

'It's super fresh and calming. I am constantly looking for candles, as its the easiest way for me to unwind at the end of the day! An hour or 2 relaxing is so important, especially in the mix of a busy period. As I live/work in the same place, changing the scent in the evening really allows me to detach from work mode. This is so important! The bergamot and lavender notes further add to the relaxation!'