Tell us a little bit about Crown and Glory
In early 2011, Sophie King had a problem. Floating in her mind was the image of the perfect hair accessory: delicate feathers, hand painted to form a single butterfly. Why was this a problem? Because such a thing just didn’t exist! Well, they say that if you want a job done well you should do it yourself, and that’s exactly what Sophie did.
The result of that first spontaneous project was Crown and Glory Hair Accessories, which in the time since the first collection of assorted, hand painted butterfly pieces hit the internet has expanded into an international fashion accessories brand that believes subtle accessories are a waste of everyone’s time.
These days, Sophie is joined by her partner in crime Gareth, who spends his days being the only glitter-covered, rugby-playing, hair accessory production manager in the UK (probably) Together they design and manufacture Crown and Glory’s cute-as a button animal ears, loud and proud floral crowns and more sparkly bows than you can shake a stick at from their cosy Cornish studio.
Describe a typical day for yourself:
My favourite thing about my job is it is just so varied! In any one day I can be processing orders, designing and producing custom pieces, photographing new collections, dealing with press call ins, meeting a future stockist or catching up with existing stockists, having Skype meetings with potential clients and collaborators and building the website! Gareth deals with our logistics, stock management and order fulfillment while I handle the design and creative direction, PR and IT and customer service. We’ll often be at the studio by 8am and leave at 10pm, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I like to exercise in the evening because it forces me to leave the office, even if it’s just for a couple of hours!
What are your favourite pieces?
Like parents are with their children, I don’t know if I’m allowed to have favourites but I’m so proud of how far our Whole Lotta Rosie collection has grown; to say that our pieces influenced the high street is a huge buzz!
What’s been the highlight for Crown and Glory so far?
So many, but the most surreal was sitting in an Oxford Street Window for Oasis at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in September 2012 – people queued for hours for me to custom make them a headband to order!
What advice would you have for others wanting to start their own brand?
You need guts, integrity and a huge amount of drive but it’s the most rewarding thing, knowing you’re doing something you love, day in day out. I share my creative business advice and tips over at my blog. It’s so important for me to be able to give something back and hopefully help someone find their path!
What’s on your LOVE Christmas wish list?
The Long Sleeve Wrap Dress is sooo dreamy – I’d pair it with clompy boots, opaques and a big glittery headband (obvs!)