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Meet Founder & CEO, Kim Winser OBE

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Born in Helensburgh, Scotland, Kim was the youngest and first female Director of Marks & Spencer Plc, Chief Executive of Pringle of Scotland, CEO of Aquascutum, not to mention advisor to Natalie Massenet at Net-a-Porter. Kim was appointed by the British Prime Minister as Trustee of the Natural History Museum and she is Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) of the luxury Peninsula Hotel and Property group.

Kim works with specific family funds on investments and also devotes time to advising and supporting aspiring young business women to help them achieve their goals.

She supports various charities including working with HRH The Prince of Wales with The Prince's Trust. Kim was asked to sit on The Good Work Commission for the government alongside selected other FT100 businessmen. She works with students at Central Saint Martin's and Heriot-Watt University and is a regular contributor to Forbes.

Kim was awarded a Doctorate by Heriot-Watt University in 2002 for her work in the British textile industry and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty The Queen for her services to the British fashion and retail industry in 2006.

A talented tennis player, Kim had a tough decision to make as a teenager, to follow her sporting dreams and pursue a career in the world of tennis or to invest in the world of brand and specifically in the world of retail, she chose to join the management training scheme at what was then a world leading retailer, Marks and Spencer.

Kim Winser in the office with dog Snoopy

Travel has always been a large part of Kim’s life – mainly for business, particularly for Winser London, but also in her role as INED of the Peninsula hotel group. Kim’s packing tips are valued by her customers – her ability to pack light while creating a multitude of outfit options from just a few pieces has been core to the development of the Winser clothing collection. So too has the ‘touch of stretch’ in virtually every style, which ensures you look as good at the end of the day, even after a long-haul flight, train or tube trip, as you do at breakfast.

Kim spends her free time with her son who has recently started at university and indulging her long-standing passion for fast cars and particularly for Formula 1, which occasionally takes her to the racing circuit.

Despite Kim’s business success, her mother’s words have kept her grounded and utterly down-to-earth. “My mother advised me to always ‘just be myself’,” she explains. “Those few words have stayed with me and have kept me on a solid path throughout my career – and my own advice to myself has been “to give more than I take in life”. I hope we will always deliver this to our customers through Winser London too”.

Watch the Winser London Brand video here.