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This week I am joined by handbag designer Anya Hindmarch for episode 5 of season 4.

The witty, wise and tirelessly energetic Anya Hindmarch, always open-minded and willing to share her wide-open heart, talks to me about her latest amusement. 

Anya has taken over a post-pandemic empty street in the Knightsbridge area of London - and transformed it into an Anya Village, offering the things she loves and believes in - from her famous handbags to products that are less harmful to the planet.

She has also just published a book, If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair, which is filled with advice on how to be happy. Her words are profound, defining the character of a woman whose life would be considered quite a challenge: she created a business at age 18, when she came back from Italy carrying a handbag that was to define her life.

Five children later - three inherited from her widowed husband and two of their own - Anya continues with her world-wide accessories business - and with dollops of fun and a CBE awarded by the Queen.


- The Anya Village on Pont Street London, SW1X opened on 17th May 2021.  

- If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair: A Manual For Life, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021

Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash

Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton

Music by @joergzuber

Graphics by Paul Wallis 

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