London’s style icon & socialite, Caroline Stanbury has just started her new venture, gift-library.com – & I love it! Gift-library is an e-commerce boutique, where Stanbury scours the world for unique and bespoke items and sells them on GL. The packaging is great & ships worldwide. It’s the perfect go-to whilst hunting for that present! Tamara Beckwith & Goga Ashkenazi are also contributors! Check out gift-library.com I recently interviewed the founder & threw in some style Qs! Enjoy
Hi Caroline, Let us in on your background! How did the Gift Library begin?
I fell into styling literally when I would go out at night and I would be asked where did I get that where did I buy that etc and I quickly saw I could shop for busy professional women who simply don’t have the time or the inclination and it grew from there simply through word of mouth! My clients began relying on me for everything and when I got home there was always a something to go to and my husband used to look at me like… We are going empty handed again! And I thought there must be other women like me who just are so busy trawling the shops for gifts and house gifts and baby showers etc isn’t an option or is just so time consuming! Like net a porter who deliver fashion to your door, I thought why isn’t there an online shop bringing all our favourite labels to one place that u can order create your own gift basket and personalise your gift have it wrapped and sent directly to your friend! And that’s how gift-library was born! When I spoke about it everyone loved the idea
What would you say is the perfect gift for someone that has everything? The perfect gift for someone with everything is something fun and clever!! Personal to them! We have these cashmere travel sets with a cashmere bag cashmere eye mask blanket and socks and we put your name on the bag.. They flew last year! A gift should be something fun and frivilious!
How would you define your style? My style depends on my mood! Completely! One day I will do rock chick one day I will do I will do simple I love to play around and dress up and experiment! My job is to take people out of their comfort zone how can I do that if I won’t!
Biggest Fashion Faux Pas? Tracksuits should be banned! There is no excuse! I hear it all the time its the weekend or the school run! Well number one the weekend is when your with your husband so that’s all he sees trust me NO man finds a tracksuit sexy! and if u put your clothes out the night before your ready for the school run… No excuse..
Your style secret. My style secret is I plan what looks I want for the new season so I don’t miss key pieces to update my look I also don’t buy thee piece of the season as its over so quickly! I buy beautiful pieces that last!
5 A/W’10 must-haves. Some thing leopard! (I bought an alaia bag) something dark red! I bought an hermes kelly! So chic! Biker boots with buckles I bought a chanel pair! And a simple coat! I bought Stella McCartney
5 Essentials in your handbag? In my handbag! My blackberry.. My nars bronzer, my diary car keys!
Most stylish city? Istanbul everyone looks so effortlessly chic!
Fashion Magazines or Fashion Blogs? I love blogs now simply as they are more personal and directly from and about someone its an amazing way to reach people
Coffee or tea? I live for my starbucks
Last words for myfashdiary readers? If you want something badly enough you can achieve it! Nothing can’t be done with a little imagination and some hard work! Challenge yourself each day!