International Women’s Day Q&A with Nadia Minkoff / by Sawako Muraoka

On International Women’s Day at NMHQ, we thought who better to interview than NM herself! So here we have our very own Q and A with Nadia; business woman, designer and founder of Nadia Minkoff Ltd.

 

What woman inspires you and why? Has this changed over the years?

The first who comes to mind is my mother Rena and this has never changed. In fact, it has become more and more obvious over the years. Fiercely independent, a feminist, she championed women’s rights and despite working full time and raising 5 children she found the time to volunteer at a local women’s shelter, attend pressure groups for women’s rights and ensured that my sisters and I never even thought of our gender as a barrier.

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How do you feel about how women are represented in the media and pop culture today?

I’m not sure, I like it that they are represented and we see more of them but still feel there is enormous pressure on women to look a certain way and not show their age.

 

What challenges do you think women tend to face day to day?

I still feel that in most cases women are still scrutinised in the work place and have to prove themselves. Those wanting to start a family risk losing their career and for those who have a young family, work/life balance is incredibly difficult.

 

What do you believe will be the biggest challenge facing the current generation of women who are just entering the working world now?

Well, I guess this really depends what field we’re looking at. I know in academia there are still areas that are predominantly male oriented, so progressing here as a female requires complete dedication and determination and can feel very solitary.

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What is the most positive change you’ve seen for women who work, compared to when you first started your business over 20 years ago?

When I started over 20 years ago my Bank Manager didn’t take me or my business seriously at all … and I am being polite here. I would like to think that these days, even though I feel women still have to prove themselves at least they don’t have to endure unabashed sexist behaviour.

 

Which men do you think are doing their part for women’s equality?

I think I’m going to go with Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation I genuinely feel they do even more then they say, starting at the very core which is family planning – something many of us women in the Western world take for granted.

 

Why do you think it is important to celebrate Intl Women’s Day?

I’m all for celebrations, it’s a focus and it’s happy.  But seriously, when you think that it was only as recently as the early 1900’s that Women’s Day was even thought about; Celebrating equality, raising awareness, fighting sexism, championing pioneering women has to be celebrated because such big strides have been made but there is still so much to do and learn.

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The Undergrowth Collection/Spring Summer 2019

undergrowth

noun

BRITISH

  1. a dense growth of shrubs and other plants, especially under trees in woodland.

“they cleared a path through the undergrowth”

Eliot Hodgkin, Undergrowth 1941 and Two plants by Lucien Freud 1977 (Tate collection) are the inspiration behind the new Nadia Minkoff London summer 2019 collection.

“I was immediately drawn to both these painting because of their meticulous detail and soft, subtle, earthy colour pallet. Having researched them the story of how and why they came to be, really resonated with me”

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Eliot Hodgkin painted ‘Undergrowth’ in London during his days off while serving as an air-raid warden

‘What I want to paint are the things that have been seen so often that people no longer notice them.’

‘Two Plants’ by Lucien Freud took 3 years to complete. He describes it as ‘lots of little portraits of leaves’, adding ‘I wanted it to have a really biological feeling of things growing and fading and leaves coming up and others dying’.

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Blush,Beige, Yellow, Green and Tan are the key colours for the Undergrowth collection with pops of blue and orange.

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There is movement in the soft fringing of The Angel bags

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Architectural structure in the form of the Borough bags

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And layers to explore in the Richmond midi horizon.

The Nadia Minkoff flower logo has been reinterpreted as a 3D Origami flower adding softness and optimism   “my interpretation of things growing  and fading”

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“what I would describe as ‘undergrowth’ is definitely shaping the world we live in, for better or for worse both politically and culturally. Fashion as we know always draws from art and is often a political statement. For all the unrest and uncertainty, I was determined to make My Nadia Minkoff London summer 2019 collection a positive one, all about the beauty in noticing things that we no longer notice”

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Artisan made from the finest leathers, in small batches and with Zero waste, much time and thought is invested into each and every bag  “at Nadia Minkoff London we think about the things you see and the things you don’t, anything to make sure that your journey with our bag is a better one”

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Photography: Oliver Papp

Model: Eloise Hymas

Styling and Make-up: Jonas Oliver

Make it a London Christmas / Part 2

I have found concluding 2018 difficult, it’s been a tough year in general ,most certainly for the High Street and for anyone who works in fashion. I wish I could say I am ending it on a high and feeling optimistic for 2019, hard as I try I am not. But I most certainly don’t want to end it on a low and I am certainly hopeful that 2019 will surprise me for the better.

I will let London, my source of inspiration,do the talking for me. Captured by photographer Dennis Madden over the festive period and right up to date 31/12/18, New Years Eve.

From Trafalgar square, to China Town

Trafalgar square

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The all new Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, and the iconic Royal Albert Hall

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From towering Christmas trees in Euston, to ho ho ho in Soho, and some much needed Angels in Regent Street

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Spectacular skies over Waterlow Park in Highgate

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And last, but most certainly not least, my very own Waterloo sunset

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Wishing you all health, happiness and good fortune in 2019

x Nadia

Make it a London Christmas/ part 1

Photography: Dennis Madden 

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Those who know me know the diversity found in London is the backbone to my brand, Nadia Minkoff London   and a constant source of inspiration.

But as 2018 draws to a close I have doubts and concerns over London’s future, a sentiment I believe I share with many a Londoner. So in this, the first of my two part ‘Make it a London Christmas’ blog I will attempt to share London snapshots,taken over the first two weeks in December by photographer Dennis Madden as he captures my musings through his lens.

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I start my journey at The Thames Barrier, recently highlighted in the news

Are we really down to 15 years before we sink?

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In the shadow of The Emirates crossing  and City Airport flight path, just past the waste land, extensive riverside luxury developments being built. I wonder if there is anywhere affordable left in London?

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Well, the wading birds still seem happy enough in Victoria Park, aka Tower Hamlets ‘people’s park’ and the winter sun makes an appearance, shinning through the Holly, I do love a good London park, it feels familiar, all are equal here

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In upmarket Fitzrovia the Victorian toilets are now a speciality coffee and brunch cafe
We love our speciality coffee us Londoners, especially me and in an old Victorian toilet?? it’s a win-win

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Regents place on the North side of Euston Rd  is unrecognisable, what a face lift and so festive with it. I wonder if London can continue to regenerate like this in the next few years, so who’s going to be moving into these offices and buying these flats?

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Back in North London the Victorian street lamps light up Alexandra Palace. It is becoming decisively grey and chilly, but atmospheric like a film set.  I Haven’t decided the ending yet, it’s a cliff hanger at the moment

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RE BALANCE…. INNER PEACE IN EL PUERTO

Bag: The brewer holdall as my on-board luggage and The Hoxton bag for my daily use

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Flight: London to Gibraltar, approx. 3 hours.  I had an unsettling early morning flight having been sat next to an extremely drunk and rather intimidating group, out on their stag do. Adieu Monarch, can’t say I will miss you.

Gibraltar to Cadiz: approx. 1hr 40 mins by car

Stayed at: El Puerto, 10km outside Cadiz

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Ate breakfast at: Bar Vicente, owned by 3 generations of the same family, next door to the local market so the perfect spot for people watching. Had a traditional breakfast of Pan con tomate with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice for only 4 Euros. Could sit there every day.

Ate Tapas at: Bar Apolo, recently renovated, delicious freshly cooked food and great value. Be sure to try the local cuttlefish Choco

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Visited:  Cadiz, ferry crossing to Cadiz from El Puerto takes 25 minutes and costs 2.65 Euros one way. The central market sells fish like you have never seen, but go early as they close early. Have to confess I struggled with the sharks

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Street food– plenty of choice surrounding the market, I settled for La Taperia de Lula, don’t miss it! They certainly know how to cook the most delicious regional dishes including Arroz Negro– rice with squid ink.

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Swam at: Las Redes, the best and longest stretch of beach, perfect for swimming and walking but very full at the weekends.

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Excursion: Sanlucar de Barrameda. All that you would expect from a traditional, white Spanish Village: sun washed central square, bars, cafe’s and ice cream parlours. Some lovely historic sites here as well.

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Drink: sherry out of the cask at Bodegas Obregon and why not have a small tapas whilst your at it

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Buy: Tejas ( Tile biscuits) flat , handmade almond biscuits to die for from Cien Palacios- it’s all they do and they come in beautiful tins.  A fan from the market if you really want a piece of Spain to take back home.

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Take advantage of our 50% discount offer 22-10 to 29-10-17 bu ising code:

hoxtoncream17 at the checkout. (Free UK p&p, whilst stock lasts)

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Travels to New York with my toddler… taking a bite of the Big Apple together

Karla Huang, Designer at Nadia Minkoff  travelled to NY with her 3 year old inquisitive toddler, Jo.

Leaving

Return flight to NY with British Airways approx. £540 return (correct in  July 2017)

Jo's meal

Bag: The Finsbury backpack from Not on The High Street

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Stayed at: Park Lane Hotel, NY  Room for 3 starts at US$260 per night. Great location on Central Park and a minute away from 5th Avenue subway but can’t recommend: bad service, over crowded, short staffed, dated ( but clean), expensive for the standard and room price did not include breakfast, never a good thing with a toddler!

 We visited:

The statue of Liberty, of course! We took the Ferry from  Battery park,Manhattan

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Madame Tussauds NYC  , Jo managed to catch a ride with ET

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Ripleys New York, conveniently located on Times Square, Jo loved the optical illusions

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High Line Park, such a fantastic public park built on the historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. A different view of the Big Apple

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Chelsea Market– great for mum & toddler, plenty to eat and some great pop-up shops for much needed retail therapy. It was a cold day so we chose to have Jewish Chicken Soup at Friedmans

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9/11 memorial– Very impressive, the size and the concept works so well.

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Rockefeller Centre-  Such an exciting place to be, inside and out. Beautiful Art Deco interiors, places to eat and great shops,  plenty of street performers outside. We chose to see if Bill’s burgers were really as good as they say… and they were

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Ate at:

Lady M Cake Boutique- sometimes you just need to spend money on a piece of beautiful cake

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Peter Luger Steak House,  Best steak and fries but be sure to book a month ahead!

Brooklyn Flea Market/Dumbo–  Great market stalls and food ,we had Shanghai pancakes, they were spicy but they were good!

City Kitchen/Times Square- Hello to the American fast food court , just as you imagine it, with plenty of  great choice but it’s not cheap!

Jo’s Highlights were: The Ferry to The Statue of Liberty, Central park,  but best of all The  Sea Glass Carousel

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I loved my Finsbury backpack , trust me although I work for an accessory company I am a very fussy customer. It was just so comfortable, so great to have my hands free at all time , it’s lightweight and it looks great.

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Travel….Off to Lyon

Photography and content: Brian Minkoff photography

Bag: The Islington bucket bag from Not on the High Street

  • Eurostar from Kings Cross directly to Lyon: 4hrs 40 mins prices start from £90 return
  • Stayed at: The Carlton Lyon,  which thankfully had brilliant air conditioning throughout-it was 37 centigrade outside. Prices start at £195 for a double in July

 

Comfy:

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Waiting for the lift:

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Off for an iced something and a quiet read:

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  • Many, many ice creams were essential given the heat. The best was Terre Adelice,  Green Chartreuse was my favourite flavour-but was almost tempted by the Goats Cheese or Tomato and Basil, Check out  some of the flavours here

Love at first sight:

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  • Boat trips to and from the modern Confluence were a mere 2 euros each way

Dive in:

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My new friend Paul Bocuse:

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Great meals to be had at:

  • Institute Paul Bocuse –where his trainees learn the ropes ! We had a fantastic slow cooked beef rib on a bed of macaroni cheese and a shoulder of Moroccan lamb with spices were the stars. And it would have been rude not to try the Macaron desert – a macaron with a mousse of mango and passion fruit filling, with salted caramel ice cream or the Chocolate bomb with very very rich melted chocolate inside, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce !!!!
  • Le Cintra terrase, in a beautiful square near the Town Hall- where we indulged in some fantastic home cured salmon and whole sea bass.
  • It was too hot to wander the vast shopping mall but we did salad it on the Terasse of Le Paradis du Fruit , Red Mullet and Tempura Prawn salad was lovely. As was the Passion fruit smoothie.

Blending in with the locals:

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Many quirky buildings along the Confluence including The orange Cube behind the bag