Companies Show more Companies links. It was restructured in with the help of Sam Sugure, responsible for Japanese licensing, and Richard Craig, who remains as managing director. Retrieved 29 September It had this soft worn-in quality that I loved, and I tried to emulate it when I made my first raincoat. Her store in Wigmore Street, central London, has hosted book launches and exhibitions, focusing primarily on British talent.
Howell made her name with menswear, opening her first shop in with Joseph Ettedgui, founder of the Joseph retail chain.
They wanted something contemporary but not showy. You never heard women talking about clothes that way. As a child she remembers saving up for a red Shetland crewneck jumper: Today Japan has 88 Margaret Howell outlets and Asia accounts for 80 per cent of international turnover.
Over the past decade, Howell has become increasingly interested in product design and architecture. Her store in Wigmore Street, central London, has hosted book launches and exhibitions, focusing primarily on British talent.
There are pale wooden armchairs and a table by the Scandinavian designer Alvar Aalto, curtains and bed throws in Lucienne Day patterns and a white shelving unit by the German minimalist Dieter Rams.
The overall feel is uncluttered, and the few objects to be found are carefully chosen and positioned. Denby and Poole pottery have been put next to a window in the study, a poster for Bauhaus artist Josef Albers is flanked by yellow flowers, while a Nikon camera that Howell has used for 35 years sits on top of a Japanese box. Despite her taste for minimalism and the austere landscape, you do not need to spend much time with Howell before discovering her gentle, maternal side.
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, and her daughter expecting her first child early in the new year, she is looking forward to cooking, seeing friends and family and knitting in front of the television. Her son Ed, a talented guitarist, died two years ago and is still very much in her mind. Her design philosophy is all about longevity, creating things that work so well and have such timeless style that you come back to them again and again.
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