Anya Hindmarch - A Few Wise Words

Anya Hindmarch

World-renowned accessories designer Anya Hindmarch founded her business in London in 1987, and has since built a global brand with over 30 stores worldwide, including flagships in London, New York and Tokyo. With creativity, craftsmanship and personalisation at the heart of everything she does, her bags and accessories are highly prized today.

A passionate advocate of British design and arts, Anya is also a UK trade ambassador, a non-executive director of the British Fashion Council and a trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. In 2017 Anya was awarded a CBE in recognition of her contribution to the British fashion industry. She has also received several prestigious annual designer awards including three British Fashion Awards, three Glamour Awards and an Elle Style Award.

I think there are three things that a young person needs to understand the importance of, when preparing for a successful life: confidence, doing things to the best of their ability and hard work.

The harder you work, the sooner you’ll get where you want to go and the more you’ll get done. Also, the harder you work, the more you push and the braver you are, the more you’ll begin to make your own luck – and more doors will open for you.

Having a positive attitude is absolutely essential if you want to become successful in life. But you can learn how to develop the right attitude, and it also really helps to surround and associate yourself with people who have a positive attitude as well.

We have to continually remind ourselves again and again to trust in our kids because they are smart and are able to work things out for themselves. We should tell them they are good and that they must trust their own judgement – having a sense of ‘self’ and the confidence to ‘listen’ to it is really important when they are young.

Where to buy

Read more from Anya Hindmarch and the other 21 exceptional contributors to this book

Read more about the book

A Few Wise Words is available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones, leading on-line booksellers and select bookshops


Explore other contributors