Anya Hindmarch, fashion designer, businesswoman and mother of five, founded her company as a teenager in 1987. She has since grown it into an award-winning global brand known for it’s craftsmanship, creativity and sense of humour, including the hugely successful ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’ campaign. In 2021, the brand went a step further, launching The Universal Bag, a unique collaboration with supermarkets to rethink the reusable shopping bag. An advocate of British design and arts, Anya is NED of the British Fashion Council, and Emeritus Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. She was appointed Governor of the University of the Arts in 2010 and a Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador in 2011, holds both an MBE and a CBE and is a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. She has honorary doctorates from UEA and the University of Essex but lives in London where her proudest achievement was hosting a sleepover in the bed department of Peter Jones.
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