“Red lipstick is the number one rule in life.”

In the 24th Violet Session, a mothers day special, I sit down with Lulu Guinness who founded her eponymous fashion business in 1989 and gained worldwide recognition for her bold designs and attitude. Lulu was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry in 2006 and now with flagship stores in many corners of the world has become a household name.

In this episode we discuss the importance of being “savvy” in business, the necessity of bravery and confidence in the beginning, and the challenges of raising children while simultaneously building a successful brand. We discuss what being a “creative” used to mean and the ever-evolving meaning of the word today. Lulu tells me she can do one thing at a time, so we talk and then we eat; or rather dive straight into a cream filled Victoria sponge.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

Photo credit: Michaela Tornaritis

We care about each other’s lives and it is a different relationship, it is really beautiful.” 

In this episode I sit down with Marta Bahillo of babaà knitwear and talk about the importance of forging strong relationships with both suppliers and customers, working with integrity and “doing business with an open heart”.  Originally from Madrid, Marta studied Fashion and Textile Design in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating, and with a particular passion for knitwear and natural textiles, Marta moved to Argentina to design womenswear for a major fashion house before returning to Spain and founding babaà in 2012. 

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

“Inspiration, for me, comes in lots of different forms, and sometimes that’s getting dinner on the table in twenty minutes.”
In this episode I sit down with cook, food writer, stylist, vegetable pioneer and fellow ‘Wing Mom’, Anna Jones to talk about it all. We discuss the delicate balance of juggling motherhood with our careers, our shared love of farmers’ markets and the importance of simplicity, ease and approachability in the recipes we write and the food we make.
You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

Photographer credit: Andy Ford

“The greatest luxury is to eat in someone’s home”

In this episode of Violet Sessions I sit down with Ruthie Rogers, the owner of renowned Italian restaurant The River Cafe.

We talk about our shared love of Italian food, how she runs her restaurant, the many chefs who have cut their teeth in her kitchen and by the end of our talk I’ve managed to wangle a job.
You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

For our 20th Violet Sessions episode I have switched things up a little.

I have new intro music by one of my favourite bands, Woman’s Hour (such a great name for a band) and I’m now doing the podcast solo as my ex co-host Danielle Radojcin moves on to focus on her family and other ventures. The pods will have a slightly new focus as well. I am still talking to inspirational, creative, professional women, but we are opening up together and talking about food, lifestyle and how we live today. The podcast has always been a place for me to get out of the kitchen and into the hearts and minds of all the amazing women that I meet because of Violet.

I’d love to hear from you on Violet Sessions’ Instagram about the podcast and who you’d like to hear me talk to! Thanks and happy listening xx

“If you put a nice olive oil on the table, salt, pepper… It’s fun to see how people actually season their food”. In this episode, Nadine Levy Redzepi, an enthusiastic home cook and mother of three girls, sits down with Claire Ptak to talk about her first book Downtime: Deliciousness at Home, cooking at home with her family, and what it is like having spent most of her adult life working with her husband René Redzepi, chef-patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant Noma.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

 

“It’s not about being a woman – it’s about being the best at the job that you can be.” Sony’s Music’s Julie Weir, one of the most respected figures in the rock and heavy music industry, sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about a career which spans nearly three decades, from working in a record shop in Leeds aged 18, to running club nights, to starting her own music label, Visible Noise, in West London in the 90s, to her current role as head of Music for Nations. She discusses how she survived the Lostprophets scandal, her subsequent success, and her thoughts about being a woman working in music today. Along the way she’s worked with Lady Gaga, Blitz Kids and Fearless Vampire Killers among others, sat on the board of the Independent Music Awards and was one of the first inductees at the Women in Music Awards.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

“People want an app they can download and everything is sorted.” The revered British psychotherapist sits down with Claire Ptak and Danielle Radojcin at Port Eliot Festival to talk about the differences between how men and women deal with loss; how she has managed having children, grandchildren and a career; why she can’t cook, and why kick-boxing is her downtime activity of choice.

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“Back then, it was easy to be fearless.” In this Port Eliot Festival special, Natalie Kingham, buying director of MATCHESFASHION.COM, talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her journey from London club kid, to businesswoman, to fashion buying power house and how motherhood changed her along the way. She also discusses how she identifies upcoming fashion trends and emerging designers.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

“Everyone in fashion has their Zandra Rhodes moment.” The legendary British fashion designer and her creative director sit down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about her famous hand-created prints, making the label relevant for a new generation and what it takes to have a Zandra Rhodes dressed named after you.

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Photo credit: Claire Rothstein

For this Port Eliot Festival special, the London-based Greek fashion designer sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss her mentors Sarah Mower and the late Louise Wilson from Central Saint Martins; how she’s learned to be a businesswoman; and her plans for where she’s going to take her successful international fashion label next.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here