THE PODCAST,
my life in seven charms
THE PODCAST,
my life in seven charms
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Kit Kemp

Author, award-winning Interior Designer and Founder & Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels

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Annoushka Ducas:
I'm Annoushka Ducas and I've been designing jewelry for 30 years and collecting charms for as long as I can remember. In this new podcast, I'll be asking a series of extraordinary women to tell me their life story in seven charms. Today I'm meeting Kit Kemp MBE, co-founder and creative director or Firmdale Hotels.

Annoushka Ducas:
So today, I'm outside the Ham Yard Hotel. It's such a peaceful spot. I'd completely forgotten what a tranquil place this is. Just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly. I'm really looking forward to meeting Kit and hearing about how she and her husband and co-founder, Tim, reinvented and reimagined what we now know as the boutique hotel. It's my great pleasure to welcome Kit to My Life in Seven Charms.

Kit Kemp:
Thank you.

Annoushka Ducas:
What I was so struck by when I came in again today was just the warmth and the welcome. Because I actually think, from my own experience, a hotel, kind of corporate hotels, are quite intimidating and they're a bit hush-hush and you're kind of worried that someone's going to watch you approaching reception.

Kit Kemp:
Yes. Well, actually it's when you approach reception and then they all turn round and go the other way. That's the thing, I'm actually quite shy about going into, for example, a gallery or anywhere where there's a velvet rope.
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