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Queen of the ‘wardrobe staple’, British designer Margaret Howell has been redefining the humble white shirt since she was just a kid, thanks to her mum who taught her how. A far cry from the days of rooting around jumble sales, buying and re-working Yves Saint Laurent dressmaking patterns and selling her casual-cool menswear shirts from her kitchen table, today Margaret has a design empire, designs for both sexes and has stores across the world. Echoing the peaceful time of Miss Marple, Darling Buds of May and a quintessential English summertime in full bloom, these clothes are for a modern world and perfect for times in which frivolity and lewd design features, such as logos and labelling, seem rather unnecessary. Margaret is a big fan of Converse, freshly picked seasonal food and Bob Dylan’s debut album. If all else had failed, Margaret would have been a beachcomber.

Favourite film? Dance with a Stranger, 1985.
Career highlight? Receiving a Royal Designer for Industry award was an honour, but sustaining the business is more satisfying than a highlight.


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