Stories of Merry People: Minnie Kemp
Tell us about your business, what inspired it?
Smooth organic shapes with electric bolts of colour - that's what inspired my business! Tiger, Hibiscus, Chartreuse and Sapphire - ethically sourced materials and meticulously researched collections.
When do you feel most Merry?
I feel most merry when walking my two sausage dogs Frieda & Diego in the New Forest. I love seem them hurtling into the distance, chasing squirrels, leaving a spiral of tertiary leaves in their wake.
What are your outdoor essentials?
My outdoor essentials depend on the pursuit! However, I just attempted to climb Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 4800 metres, and I couldn't have done it without my Arc'teryx waterproofs! But that's pretty extreme... I have to say a good pair of comfortable waterproof boots...
How do you slow down and switch off?
I love reading at home and have a whole wall of books. I just finished the best book called "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus. It's such an inspiring story filled with inspiring women, and it's hilarious! I like stitching and making little storys using threads on bright coloured wools, linens or vamping up t-shirts and jeans for friends. It's like monotonous escapism!
What places do you love exploring in your area?
London is such a vibe and I feel so lucky to have grown up in such a diverse, wild, warren city where there is always something going on.
My office is in South Kensington, which is opposite the V&A museum. It's a constant source of inspiration and has amazing exhibitions like the Africa Fashion show on at the moment. The design museum is also amazing; one of my fav designers Yinka Ilori has just opened a show called Parables for Happiness which is well worth a visit.
For food, go to Sabor on Heddon Street, sit on the counter and watch those sexy chefs do their magic!
For clothes check out Clio Peppiatt, her clothes are stocked in Selfridges but you can also visit her studio in West London, wearing her clothes you feel unstoppable!