Extracted from an interview with House of Coco magazine
The Grey Works was created in June 2012 after an inspirational visit to the Paris trade fair “Maison & Object”. I had not worked since the birth of my first child and was seeking a creative outlet outside the parameters of running a busy family home. My retail background and a love of interior styling came together and so it began.
After studying fashion I became a Management Trainee in the (then)House of Fraser Flagship Deparment Store in Regent Street, London called Dickins & Jones. It was a fabulous experience and I loved it, they don’t train you like that anymore! I went on to manage a couple of the fashion floors and later set up one of the first personal shopping suites in the West End. I later moved on to manage in a couple of solus site stores before sidestepping into Fashion Retail Recruitment. I ended up with my own fashion recruitment business before stopping to concentrate on the family
I don’t think I could have. It really did just start very slowly and has grown organically along with the needs of the family. I am truly happy with our journey and our direction.
Retail can be a bit like gambling when it comes to stock management. You are constantly reinvesting and it can sometimes be a tough call in terms of whether you should or shouldn’t buy something
Our ethos is to be “ever evolving” and that is exactly what the business has done from day one. Every day is different and every day we progress. Long term we would like to be a well known Life & Style brand. We have just opened a store in Haywards Heath. We are just going with it.
They wouldn’t know about it for a reason!
Definitely the website which was a long time coming. It took me out of my comfort zone but we have done it and we just need to keep tweaking it to keep it fresh.
London all day long. I lived in Central London for 12 years and it still feels like home
I think it is something you own. It cannot be taught.
London can be whatever you want it be and therein lies it’s charm. I have been both poor and wealthy in London and had amazing experiences at both ends of the scale. These days I am mostly in Mayfair where my husband has an office and I stay regularly at the very wonderful Café Royal Hotel for my “London Fix”. We now live in the countryside just outside Brighton so we are really lucky to have the best of both worlds
A leather biker jacket
Hmmmmm I will go with bag. I have recently bought a Stella McCartney Falabella in (unsurprisingly) grey
“Nothing good ever happens after midnight” By my husband Nick. Usually in an attempt to curtail my partying
“If you’re not the one” – Daniel Bedingfield
Watching ‘The Real Housewives” of pretty much any location. I am not fussy but favour Beverly Hills and New York
My store in Haywards Heath! We have an open plan kitchen area at the back so we can offer drinks to our customers
The beautiful Virgin Gorda in The British Virgin Islands where we have spent so much time as a family. An incredible place that we hope receives all the help it needs to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
We have just opened a store in Haywards Heath, along with the website which feels like enough for today but let’s see how I feel tomorrow.
You can shop on line with free delivery at www.thegreyworks.com or visit our store at 19 The Broadway in Haywards. You can follow us on Instagram @thegreyworks.