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'INSPIRED BY WOMEN'

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.

Alienor Falconer

Name: Alienor Facloner

Profession: Designer

Title: Creative Director of The Bright Company

Describe a typical day at work

Work varies a lot for me depending on the moment in the season, so I work on designing the collections, working with print designers, to sampling new shapes and products, to product development, production, press, and dealing with our wholesale clients. Each day and week is different and I love that.


Prior to this career, what were your aspirations growing up?

I’ve always been a maker, always had a project on the go, as a teenager I was making my own clothes, and then I went to fashion collage and ended up doing a degree in footwear design. I worked in footwear before I launched TBC after my first child was born. I’ve always had a really keen interest in interior design also so would probably be an interior designer if I wasn’t doing what I am now.

Name: Alienor Facloner

Profession: Designer

Title: Creative & Product Director Soho House / Founder & Creative Director Freedom To Exist

Describe a typical day at work

Work varies a lot for me depending on the moment in the season, so I work on designing the collections, working with print designers, to sampling new shapes and products, to product development, production, press, and dealing with our wholesale clients. Each day and week is different and I love that.


Prior to this career, what were your aspirations growing up?

I’ve always been a maker, always had a project on the go, as a teenager I was making my own clothes, and then I went to fashion collage and ended up doing a degree in footwear design. I worked in footwear before I launched TBC after my first child was born. I’ve always had a really keen interest in interior design also so would probably be an interior designer if I wasn’t doing what I am now.

What’s your most memorable work moment?

In TBC it would be being approached by Liberty to stock them. When I was a student I used to work there to pay the bills and I dreamt of my products being stocked there. I really is a dream come true. I’m so proud of how far we have come as a tiny brand and the reach we have.


What makes up your typical work outfit?

Our studio is pretty relaxed so jeans, flats and most likely a jumper as it’s pretty chilly in the winter! I’m looking forward to summer and being able to wear dresses and shorts again.

Does fashion play into your work life?

Yes! Even though we aren’t a ‘fashion fashion’ company we still need to know what the trends are, what shapes people are wearing and what colours are key. On a personal level fashion is where I started my career so it will always be interesting to me.


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.

And stress…how do you cope with it?

I make sure to take enough time out to exercise regularly and to eat well, I find that keeps me sane and then everything else falls into place. That and walks with my family, lots of exercise and laughing with good friends. If all else fails a family movie.


Outside of work, what do you do?

I’m a mother, so that’s pretty time consuming! But also, a serial house renovator, we are currently on number 5…. There is always something to do in the garden too. We have just moved to the south downs so we like to go for a walk every weekend as a family, see the seasons change, enjoy the quiet and the beautiful views.


The three people living or dead you would invite to a dinner party?

Vivienne Westwood, Caroline Lucas and Queen Victoria.

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