International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day (Sunday 8th March), we're speaking with our Creative Director, Mariya Dykalo. As a creative woman in business, she shares the women that inspire her most and the advice she would give to her younger self.

What do you love most about your role?

As the Creative Director, my job entails leading our design team to create exciting collections every season. I love being inspired by the people and landscape around me; from the English countryside where we live, to London and all the international cities I get to visit.

What is your greatest professional achievement?

I am so unbelievably proud to have designed a handbag which is carried by HRH Duchess of Cambridge. Aspinal's Midi Mayfair bag will live forever!

What is your greatest personal achievement?

My greatest personal achievement is having my children and creating the family of my dreams. Family is the foundation for any success in life and I hope to continue my values, talents and work ethic to my own children.

Who inspires you?

My Mother inspires me and greatly influenced my love for fashion from an early age. She worked very hard yet always managed to look very stylish and well put together, I am always in awe of her!

What advice would you give your younger self?

One of my favourite quotes and lessons in life is 'if you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life'.

I teach this to my children, find what you love and never give up!