John and I work really well together and our skills compliment each other perfectly. I design the range, source the fabrics, and run the company from sales, marketing, and finance. John will advise on the designs and the fabrics so that we make each piece that we are proud of.
As well as John and I have we have a team on people that we outsource key activities to. Whilst they are not employed by Distinctively Me, we love working with them and they love our brand ethos.
Jill worked in the corporate world for many years and loved the variety of the companies I worked for, which included Guinness, Gap, Woolworths and RSA Insurance. I trained as an accountant in my early days and my final role was managing a £350m personal insurance division.
Then in my early 50s I was made redundant, which came out of the blue and knocked me for six. My confidence was completely non-existent and the thought of going through the interview process was daunting. It was at this stage that I thought if I could get the "perfect" black trouser suit, then it would give me the confidence I needed to move into my next corporate role. I quickly discovered that the perfect suit didn't exist and the six pairs of black trousers hanging in my wardrobe confirmed that! I realised that there was a gap in the market for perfectly fitting clothes in luxurious fabrics. That's when I decided to create Distinctively Me. As is quite often the case, out of adversity came the opportunity to do something completely different.
I have loved developing, launching and now running Distinctively Me. It has been challenging, exciting, inspiring and scary in equal proportions, but I feel more alive now than I have for years. The response I get from our customers about Distinctively Me and what we are doing is an absolute delight and I am more passionate about our business now than ever.
John trained at the London College of Fashion and his roots are in bespoke tailoring. He has worked for top designers including Thierry Mugler, Roland Mouret and Elsbeth Gibson. Later in his career he managed a chain of five alterations shops in London. The combination of all of this experience makes him perfect for the role as our Head of Tailoring. John is a fantastic tailor but combined with the fact that he is a fabulous person, he is a pleasure to work with and our customers absolutely love him.