BY ANNA SAUNDERS
Our house is awake around 5.45am and the kids take the school bus at 6.50am. Some days I go to the office super early, but with Vestiaire headquarters being in Europe, I often have meetings finishing at 10 or 11pm. On those days I try to fit in as much family time as I can in the morning.
Right now, I travel three weeks out of every month. I’m in Paris every month for a week, I’m in Australia a lot, and in and out of Singapore.
It’s very tough. But I have two things that keep the family grounded. My husband and I are never away for more than two days at the same time. And we talk with the kids as much as possible.
When I moved to Asia 18 months ago I was obsessed with trying to manage jet leg with very strong sleeping pills. Now, I try not to fight it. I have one tip: a French cough syrup called Toplexil. My doctor in France gave it to me, and it really works.
I’m addicted to being challenged – whether it’s a personal challenge or a professional one. I need to find new, exciting projects to feel alive in a way. Changing roles and changing countries is an exciting part of the business.
I was really, really happy to stay at home with the children for three years. They were 18 months apart and I did fashion school in between them. That period at home gave me the energy – the crazy energy, actually – to build something.
I also realised that to take time away from the kids I really needed to feel passionately about what I was going to do. So I decided to create my own job. Vestiaire couldn’t have happened at another period of time for me.
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