Walpole Weekender

Out of Office: Jamie Gill

In our Out of Office interview series, we speak to Walpole member executives at the top of their game about how they live their lives away from their desks – the habits that help them decompress, the activities that re-centre their minds, and the little luxuries that they can't live without. This week, it's the turn of Jamie Gill, Chief Executive Officer of ROKSANDA and Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council.
13th May 2022
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Walpole Weekender Out of Office: Jamie Gill

In a world where we’re always available, how do you separate your personal time from your work time?

I really struggle to. There is a such a blur between my work and my personal life, and I let it merge because I enjoy it so much. When you’re at a gallery or looking at another brand, it’s hard to not think about business or strategy. I try to keep weekends off from work as much as possible.

What’s one thing you do after the work day to help you unwind?

As soon as I’m home I’ll get changed and out of my work blazer and trousers into something jersey – a T-shirt and shorts, to be completely honest! This immediately puts me in relaxation mode. I then like to light up the house with scented candles (Perfumer H are the best I’ve ever come across) and ask Alexa to start playing some classical piano music. I like the temperature at 24 degrees.

What activity do you do in your time away from the office that helps you relax and recentre after a stressful week?

I love fine dining. I love food in general, but fine dining for me is such an experience. Course after course of a beautifully curated menu and paired wine. It’s only on the weekend when you can fit in a four-hour lunch! Good conversation with your loved ones, ideally at somewhere new that we’ve been wanting to try for some time. Normally followed by drinks at a Soho House.

What’s something you’ve read, listened to or seen in your spare time that’s helped you at work?

Business of Fashion Voices. What Imran and the whole BoF team manage to pull off at this event is just mind-blowing. BoF Voices 2021 addressed so many serious worldly affairs with a fashion slant. Hearing life journeys from Harris Reed, Jay Shetty and Christian Loubintin was really inspiring, almost like your CPD for fashion.

After home and the office, where’s your favourite third space?

It has to be a heritage hotel in the bar or a hang-out space. It’s not one particular place, but I do love the Connaught, the Savoy, the Mandarin Oriental and the Four Seasons.

On Sunday night, how do you prepare yourself for the week ahead?

At home, with my boyfriend, watching our latest Netflix binge series. The to-do list for the week starts on Monday morning, so it doesn’t eat into Sunday night chill time.

Best reason you've had to turn your Out of Office on recently?

An impromptu Friday day around London with my family.

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Go-to Out of Office outfit: Loewe jeans, Dior trainers, John Smedley knit, Tod’s jacket and Fendi sunglasses.

Happy place anywhere in the world: The Maldives.

Favourite bar or restaurant: Core by Clare Smyth for the potato roe.

Something you booked recently that you'd recommend: Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear at The V&A.

Something you've listened to or read recently that you'd recommend: Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Mo is the former Chief Business Officer of Google X and sets out mindfulness in the most pragmatic logical way. I highly recommend it.

Hobby you'd like to cultivate: Learning to play the piano.

Luxury that’s actually a necessity: My entire skincare routine.

Best luxury under £25: Aesop Déodorant roll-on.


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