Anya Hindmarch

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Date Published: 16/03/2021
Duration: 00:44:25
Season: 4

Today I’m joined by one of the most established names in British luxury – the designer and businesswoman, Anya Hindmarch. Anya started her accessories business as a teenager, inspired by the leather bags she saw on her travels in Italy. Within a few short years, her designs were stocked by some of the most prestigious fashion outlets around the world.

She is known for using fashion as a force for good. Back in 2004, her £5 white tote bags, with the slogan “I’m not a plastic bag” written on them, graced the shoulders of A-listers around the world, sparking a global frenzy with queues of over 80,000 people outside Sainsbury’s shops, trying to get their hands on the canvas bags.

More recently, during the pandemic, she’s worked with University College London to design a special holster for frontline NHS workers to wear, along with thousands of PPE gowns.

Just as fashion takes inspiration from cultures and destinations all around the world, so too does Anya, whose travel diaries take us from Morocco and Myanmar to Japan, Italy and glamorous Mustique.


Destination recap:


  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • El Fenn, Morocco
  • Kasbah Beldi, Morocco
  • Cap Ferrat, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Mustique
  • Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Patagonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Beirut
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Inle Lake, Myanmar


This episode is in memory of my beloved uncle, Anthony Lean.


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