Anya founded her business in London in 1987 and has since grown into a global brand that has over 50 stores – including flagships in New York, London, Tokyo and LA – and is stocked in many of the world’s best retail stores, from Barney’s in New York to BoonTheShop in Korea.
The first accessories designer to hold an on-schedule London Fashion Week show, Anya Hindmarch shows have become renowned for their production and creativity. Recent highlights include models floating weightlessly over the catwalk, a 120-strong male choir, models walking within an artful, moving Rubik’s cube and emerging from within a giant space-age Amphitheatre.
In addition, the collections are showcased in seasonal pop-ups that have included a ‘Mini Mart’ on London’s Mount Street, global sticker-shops and an Anya Hindmarch ‘Service Station’, the first retail installation to be housed in the Selfridges London car park, which then travelled to Korea, Tokyo and LA.
There are also six Anya Hindmarch Bespoke stores, where customers can have drawings or messages in their own handwriting embossed by in-store craftsmen. Part of an on-going commitment to reconnect the craftsman and the customer, each bespoke piece is – as Anya says – about ‘having your name on something, rather than mine’.
A passionate advocate of British design and arts, Anya is also a UK Trade Ambassador, a Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council and a trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. In 2009 Anya Hindmarch was awarded an MBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry and has recently received three prestigious Accessory Designer of the Year awards; a British Fashion Award, an Elle Style Award and a Glamour Women of the Year award.