Filed In: My 9 to 5

My 9 to 5: Eddie Harrop, Bag Designer

“In 2012 I moved to Vietnam. I went out there because of my ex-boyfriend’s job. The boyfriend didn’t last but I was determined to stay, even if I had just been dumped and was feeling heartbroken. To earn a living I opened a shop showcasing the best young, local designers. The shop had quite an eclectic feel and sold incredible clothes, but I knew I wanted to add accessories. There’s an amazing entrepreneurial spirit in Saigon, and you have incredible access to materials and craft. So I drew upon my styling experience and designed a range of bags to put in my shop.” read more >

My 9 to 5: Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox Co-Founder and CEO

“About six months before graduation my co-founder, Hayley Barna, and I came up with the idea for Birchbox. Initially our intent was, ‘We’re going to graduate from business school, so let’s write a business plan.’ That was the goal: write a plan. And when we saw this amazing opportunity waiting in beauty we just couldn’t settle. We couldn’t sleep. We were so excited because we saw that in 2010 less than 3% of beauty was purchased on the internet, and it was the only category that wasn’t changing its trajectory.” read more >

My 9 to 5: Anna Johnson, TV & Radio Presenter

“Connections are really important in this industry. In a way, I hate saying that because so many big stars have connections in their family. And that obviously gives them an advantage. But it is possible to make those connections yourself – it just takes a bit longer. And, if you think about it, that time is going to pass even if you’re just sitting behind a desk at an office job you hate. So you may as well get on the path you actually want to be on and get the ball rolling…” read more >

My 9 to 5: Lucy Nicholls, Social Media Content Producer at Boden

“I spent a lot of my teenage years worrying and stressing about things that I look back on now and think, that was only a tiny little bump in my whole life. It’s so important to trust that you’ll learn something new from every experience. And, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter, because it’s all relative. Something can seem like a massive deal at the time, but when you look back you realise it wasn’t really that important…” read more >