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10 Minutes With: Gather&See Co-Founder, Stephanie Hogg

Working under the mantra, ‘aesthetics and ethics’, we put sustainable fashion buyer and co-founder of Gather&See, Stephanie Hogg, under the spotlight.
30 Second CV

Name: Stephanie Hogg

Age: 31

Location: London

Current Title/Company: Co-founder of Gather&See

Educational Background: Oakham School and Goldsmiths University, followed by forging my early career at NearFar fashion label

The Real Deal

Brief overview of what you do:

At Gather&See, we bring together brands from around the world that have a positive impact on the people who create them. We believe in a world where fashion is used as positive tool for change.

Can you describe your job in 3-5 words?

Ethical and sustainable fashion buyer.

Do you have a weekday morning routine?

I like to do 20 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning, and then eat a bowl of porridge. I’m normally at my desk by 8am.

What does a typical day at your desk look like?

We work with lots of brands so I’m normally liaising with one of them, either getting images for the site or organising product delivery. By 10am I’ve sorted the sales for the day that need sending out to customers. We normally have key brands and content we push each week, so we tend to focus on that, too. We are still in the early stages of growing as a business so we are constantly trying to come up with exciting ideas, whether that’s sourcing new products or thinking about our next shoot.

What’s been the best moment of your career so far?

There is no one stand out moment for me though, if pushed, I would have to say that receiving emails from people thanking us for giving them an ethical and sustainable place to shop is amazing – it really reinforces what we are trying to achieve.

Your job – the good, the bad, the ugly:

The good: Working with brands that have a creative energy and amazing ethos behind them is hugely inspiring.

Kowtow Organic Cotton, India

Kowtow Organic Cotton, India

The bad: Working with small brands has its set backs as deadlines and production can sometimes be slow!

The ugly: Trying to explain the importance of shopping ethically and sustainably to people can be exhausting.

Work/Life

What would you say to your twenty year old self with the benefit of hindsight?

Take every opportunity given to you, even if it seems overwhelming. It’ so much better to try things than always wonder why you didn’t go for it!

How do you relax and recharge?

I love yoga. I set aside Tuesday nights to practice at The Bussey Building in Peckham. A brisk walk along the beach always lifts my spirits, too.

What’s the last book you read?

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

What are you listening to at the moment?

Rosie Lowe – a great talent!

My weekend wardrobe consists of: Nobody jeans, Kowtow top and a Beaumont Organic jumper.

What social or political issues matter most to you?

I’m passionate about everyone having a fair chance in life – we should all have equal opportunities.

To enjoy a carefully curated collection of affordable conscious clothing, visit www.gatherandsee.com or follow their journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Written by:

Victoria is an award-winning writer with a penchant for pintxos (and pudding). Her days revolve around business, barre and bellinis. In reverse order.

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