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Oliver Sweeney continues its ‘Inspired by Women’ series, going behind the scenes and into the lives of women excelling in all different fields. These stories are personal, truly unique and have inspired us to make for you.
We visited Alienor Falconer, Founder & Creative Director of The Bright Company at her studio in Brighton.
Name: Alienor Facloner
Title: Creative Director of The Bright Company
Describe a typical day at work
Work really varies a lot for me depending on the moment in the season – I go between designing the collections, working with print designers, sampling new shapes and products all the way through the production, press and wholesale. I love that every day and week is different.
Did you always want to do this?
I’ve always been a maker. When I was younger I started making my own clothes, leading me to doing a degree in footwear design, which I worked on until I had my first child.
Title: Creative & Product Director Soho House / Founder & Creative Director Freedom To Exist
And what’s been your highlight since launching The Bright Company?
Being stocked by Liberty! When I was a student I worked there behind the tills, so it’s a dream come true to be stocked there. I’m so proud of how such a small company is having so much reach.
You mentioned starting the company after your first child was born. How do you maintain a balance?
It is a constant juggle between kids and work. I try and have a set amount of hours in the studio so I can be there for school pick up. Luckily, they’re quite young so I can do some work in the evenings.
And what else are you doing outside of work?
I’m a serial house renovator, currently on house number 5!! There’s always something to do in the garden too which I love. Now that we’ve moved south we love to go for walks every weekend as a family, see the seasons change and enjoy the quiet and beautiful views.
How do you ensure to maintain a work/life balance?
It’s a constant juggle, kids and work, I have set hours in the studio and I’m often working outside of those hours too but I will take time out to pick the kids up from school on certain days. Our kids are still quite young so I can work in the evenings quite easily still after they are in bed.
The three people living or dead you would invite to a dinner party?
Vivienne Westwood, Caroline Lucas and Queen Victoria.
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