The Deputy Fashion Editor at The Times, Carolyn Asome talks us through her perfect Christmas and what she loves about working in journalism.
How did you begin your career in fashion journalism?
After a degree in French and Italian literature, I toyed with the idea of doing a City of London Journalism course but ended up doing work experience at the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, The Guardian and The Telegraph. Then a job came up as fashion assistant at The Times and I've been there ever since.
What's your typical day like?
I'd like to say there is no typical day but that's probably not true: they usually involve a deadline and our (scary) features editor demanding at least 10 ideas. But compared to most jobs it's not office bound.
What's your favourite place to visit in the UK and why?
The East Neuk of Fife where I spent all my childhood summer holidays. It was the most boring place on earth when I was 11 but I love it there now.
Are you looking forward to seeing the new Aspinal store launching in St Pancras International this December?
Yes so I can get on with my Christmas shopping.
Where is your perfect weekend retreat?
Brussels or Studland Bay
Where are you planning to spend the holidays?
Skiing in Chamonix. My five year old is learning to ski although we're still sledging with the 1 year old.
What Aspinal of London gift would you most like to find under your tree this Christmas?
Have there been any pinch me moments throughout your career?
Too many to remember! Aside from all the fabulous show and party venues in London , Paris and Milan, it's probably moments like Obama's inauguration and the Royal Wedding when it's been really exciting to be working on a newspaper.
Which Aspinal of London bag would be your perfect party bag and why?
The Marylebone Oversize Clutch in Navy Pebble because it's chic and simple. I love how understated it is.
What advice would you give any aspiring editors out there?
Perhaps I am naïve but I think that hard work and humility will get you far. The world doesn't owe you anything.
Describe your perfect Christmas.
The perfect Christmas is one with my two girls and too much food.
What Aspinal gift would you want to give to a loved one and why?
The Letterbox Mouse Rucksack would make anyone smile!