LIZ STRINGER

1. Describe your title and role:
Owner, designer and buyer at Harry’s Boutique in Wellington, New Zealand.

2. Give us a run down… the day in the life of…
Get the basics right, there must be a good coffee first! First up, I like to clear all my emails. After coffee I head into Harry's. A day at Harry's could include anything from ordering from a new collection, photo shoot or going over the latest social media strategies.

3. What inspired you to pursue your career in retail?
I opened Harry’s ten years ago, when I returned with my family to New Zealand after living in Hong Kong for a number of years. I have always loved fashion and buying clothes for other people, and found fabulous labels all over the world to stock at Harry’s but noticed there was a gap in the market for a little bit of affordable luxury – and so “When Harry Ran Away” was born.

4. What is your creative process?
I can get inspired by so many things. The colour of a fabric or the flowers in my garden or just wearing one of my silk shirts that needs a change, that led to a whole new look. It started off with a small collection of pure silk shirts, and now we have everything from dresses to trousers, to silk printed scarves and cashmere coats.

5. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in business?
Back yourself, don't lose confidence and trust your gut instinct.

6. How would you describe your own personal style?
Edgy classical.

7. What are your top style picks for the upcoming season? 
Trousers, trousers, trousers in billowing shapes, patterned and plain, paired with a silk shirt. 

8. Girls guide to feeling a million bucks?
Wear some colour, there is nothing like silk and cashmere to make a girl feel great! 

9. What’s your favourite restaurant?
Ceconnis in Burlington Gardens, London.

10. Dogs vs. cats?
Definitely dogs. Harry's was named after our much-loved Labrador and I have two miniature schnauzers; Gus and Ollie.

11. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you need the most?
My family, a good book, and my hot rollers.