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My friend, the famous Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam was born in Mumbai (or Bombay as she calls it) and told me many stories about South India. She said that before sunrise Tamil women adorn the thresholds of their houses with artistic dot and line drawings, called ‘Kolam’. I did not see Kolam in Mumbai when...
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I have been preoccupied lately with the mood of MSL and by that I mean the personality of MSL. How does it feel about itself? What are the people who work at MSL feeling and how do we capture positive contributions? With this in mind we decided to create a daily mood board. The team...
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There’s an edit of Vidal Sassoon The Movie currently on BBC iPlayer. It introduces a likeable man, now 83 and inextricably linked to 60s iconic hairstyles for Mia Farrow, Nancy Kwan in British Vogue and Grace Coddington in US Vogue. ‘Architecture of the face’ was at the forefront of Vidal Sassoon’s thinking, influenced by Bauhaus...
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Today I attended the Southbank Arts Centre Board meeting. Sitting in a room with a wall of floor to ceiling windows overlooking Big Ben, the London Eye and the Thames River, I found myself having an internal conversation about how ingenious people are and have become. I was luxuriating in a feast of artistic excellence...
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A friend rang me the other evening to say that he was sitting with friends in a pub for a social catch up and during the conversation, a woman spoke excitedly about a blog that she was following with great interest. She commented on the elegance of the brand and of how she was intrigued...
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As I stood in the beautiful glass lift of The Ivy Club in Covent Garden earlier this week, I contemplated just how significant this week was for Maggie Semple Limited. I was at the prestigious Ivy Club to celebrate our 1st anniversary along with many of our friends and supporters, who, amongst the twinkling lights...
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Many of you will know that I am fascinated with the possibilities of disruptive technology. Something in my brain triggers when I see the opportunity for some different thinking. I marvel at what people do to explore and extend the vast array of solutions that result from putting two or three opposing things together to...
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Over the last two weeks I have attended four formal dinners in prestigious venues in London. The first, as a guest of a global fashion brand; the second, my valedictory event at the Science Museum; the third to celebrate International Poetry Day on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall; and the fourth the UBM...
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I am sitting in Cairo airport as I write this blog after spending a week promoting MSL. I arrived during a maelstrom of political activity and protests and while not directly affected, I was very aware of the impact of people taking action and the power of social media. The many women that I met...
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I have some exciting news! Two weeks ago I mentioned that I was looking forward to meeting someone who is a legend in fashion. Roland Klein, former designer for celebrities, Royalty and career women visited our MSL office. He arrived intrigued about our work and wanted to know how he could help us. As we...
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