On Thursday we were delighted to host our fifteenth Inspirational Women’s Lunch with the brilliant Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company. Having cut her teeth in the world of fashion journalism, working at titles including Harper’s & Queen and Vogue to name but a few, Chrissie founded The White Company in 1994. Twenty-three years later the company has become one of the UK’s fastest-growing multi-channel retailers and is a trusted British lifestyle brand. She was awarded an MBE in 2010 and an OBE in 2018 for services to Retail, and also founded The White Heart Foundation in 2014 which supports Refuge, Place2be, Nulife and The Princes Trust. Chrissie is an Ambassador for Everywoman, a Silver Patron for The Princes Trust and this year is becoming The Founding Patron of Women Supporting Women for The Princes Trust.

We enjoyed a Champagne reception kindly sponsored by Gosset where guests tried on some of Annoushka’s newest designs, followed by an intimate seated lunch in the Art Deco inspired Foyer Room at Claridge’s. Chrissie was generous enough to share some of her pearls of wisdom and entertained guests sharing her experiences navigating the ever-changing world of retail.

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