Q&A: Sophie Worthington from Wild & Gorgeous
Posted on 04th Apr 2018
When friends and founders Lucy and Sophie decided to join forces over a mutual love of fashion and a desire to create clothing for their own children; Wild & Gorgeous was born. With a twist on vintage and a imaginative use of fabric and texture, their designs are sure to delight your little ones. We were luck to sit down with co-founder, Sophie Worthington to discuss all things fashion, family and the new collection and how to travel as a family of 5!
tt: What is a typical day working day and how do you keep that work and home life balance?
S.W – My children are much older now but when they were young juggling work and home life was quite a challenge. The good thing about having your own business is that you can work from home when you need to – which has been made possible by laptops and I phones – but equally it can be hard to switch off. The office is always in the room and even on the beach when you’re on holiday! I like to think my children have always had enough of my attention but I haven’t read a book for about 8 years.
tt: What challenges have you faced running a business and do you have any advice for working mothers?
S.W – Oh gosh every day brings a new and exciting challenge. Too numerous to specify. I do think businesses are getting much better about employing and understanding the needs of mothers. As mothers ourselves, I like to think that Lucy and I are quite sympathetic to the demands of juggling work and home life and understand if a child is sick at school or doing a solo in a singing gala and will try to accommodate that. In short, pick a flexible employer who trusts you to occasionally work from home.
tt: What has been your greatest achievement since launching Wild & Gorgeous and can you tell us a bit about the upcoming SS18 season?
S.W – Oh wow so many proud moments from the first collection being snapped up by Selfridges to opening our first shops, all the lovely awards we’ve won as both designers and retailers and of course nothing gives me more pleasure than sitting on a beach in say Paxos and spotting a child wearing and enjoying Wild & Gorgeous. Our clothes are designed to make children feel fabulous and I hope we achieve that. For Spring Summer 2018 we have gone totally tropical with a cute pineapple print, plenty of on trend fringe and pom pom detailing, silver palm trees and sequin pineapple designs.
tt: The latest collection is inspired by travel, as a family where is your favourite destination for holidays and what are some of your most memorable trips?
S.W – As a family we can never get enough of Greece and its glistening turquoise seas. From Andros to Paxos to Spetses somehow we always end up on a Greek Island over the summer. We talk about the fjords of Norway and walking in the Alps but it never happens. Now the children are older we are exploring the idea of more city breaks – skiing and bucket and spade are fabulous when they are young but as they grow so does a hunger and interest in other countries and cultures. Last October we went to Naples and wandered around the cobbled, narrow streets popping into vast ornate churches along the way and a day trip over to the ruins of Pompeii with a pit stop to peer into the mouth of Vesuvius. One of the most memorable trips for my kids was a trip to Miami when they were 4 and 6, cruising around in a baby pink, open top Cadillac and feeling like the BUSINESS.
tt: If you had to pick 3 key holiday essentials from the new collection, what would they be and why?
S.W – Oh tough one! I think it would have to be the Folk Dress. Great for day or evening. Crisp white cotton dress with beautiful embroidered and sequin detail. I would also pack the Tribe Playsuit. Beautifully soft and easy to wear with hot pink pom pom detail. And perhaps the July Crush Dress which is made from easy care, uncrushable chiffon with on trend ruffle details. Super chic. For boys it would have to be our iconic Cactus Jumper teamed with our Cactus T shirt and cool Camo jeans.
tt: Finally, what are your tips and tricks for travelling as a family of 5?
S.W – Patience, sense of humour, organisation, travel sickness pills, books. Of course travelling with teenagers only really requires keeping an eye on the tequila bottle but with younger children its car seats and sterilizers and buggies. My advice is keep the mood and the luggage as light as you can and go to family friendly resorts. Just ask Tots Too to sort it out for you!