From my home in Old Mayfair, I have a panoramic view: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace gardens, and the big wheel. It’s why I chose to live there. On my walk to the Haymarket each morning, where the Burberry offices are, I love that I can connect with that traditional part of England and nature at the same time—all right in the midst of the city. It’s a ten- or fifteen-minute walk straight down Piccadilly.
Sometimes I skirt through Green Park when I want to see a squirrel. I’m from Yorkshire, the countryside, so parks are very important. Nature grounds you. As I make my way to the office, I also pass the Royal Academy, and in the warm weather they have outdoor exhibits in the courtyard. People on the streets inspire me as well, though it isn’t always a conscious thing. Juxtaposing young, modern fashion with tradition and history is what I do at Burberry. We all have this little memory bank and we don’t always know what’s in there, but things rise to the surface. It’s very easy to walk through the world with eyes open but not seeing. I try to take things in.