Interview with Angus Kirkby (@anguskirkbyworld)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’ve always been interested in the arts, but never completely was sure what I wanted to do. I left school at 16 to study photography and left that course to study make-up artistry at the same college. After I completed my make-up artistry course I applied to University to study Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni (one of the worlds leading fashion institutions) at their Shanghai campus, where my family was expatriates. I was accepted on the strength of my portfolio alone and it all grew from there!

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I’ve been lucky enough very early on in my career to dress some amazing people, at various prestigious events such as Cannes Film Festival and Paris Couture Week, but in 2015 (whilst I was at university in Shanghai, aged only 19) Paris Hilton’s team contacted me and asked me to do her make-up for an event she was hosting out there. I accepted and sheepishly brought along a jacket I had designed for the job. I wore it as I walked into her hotel suite and she immediately complimented me on it. At the end of the day after I’d finished her make-up she complimented me on the jacket again and I told her I had designed it. Long story short, Paris Hilton then became the first person to own one of my designs.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I think the key to avoiding burning out (and believe me I’ve been close many times); is to remember that it’s not that serious, and if it doesn’t work today, there’s always tomorrow. Remembering that just takes so much pressure off of one’s back and allows you to love what you do (and do what you love).

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Throughout my short time in this industry, I have had immense help from a number of wonderful people, but although it’s incredibly cliché, I have to give this one to my parents. Their support – both physical and emotional – has been unwavering ever since I decided to start my career as a designer. I have too many stories to pick a specific one, but they really have made my career possible.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I’m a very young brand with hardly any liquidity so bringing goodness into the world from a charitable perspective hasn’t been possible yet (although as soon as it is, it will be top of my list!). However, I am a champion of diversity and inclusion and that is certainly reflected in my brand. Also, as I launched as a couture house initially, my brand has been very sustainable environmentally so far. As I move into ready-to-wear I will continue to be conscious of the environment and try to re-use all of the left-over materials in future works.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Certainly not my favourite quote, but one I always have to constantly remind myself of is “No-one hits the bullseye with the first arrow.” I always get so frustrated when I miss my mark, but perseverance is key and I have to remember that if at first, I don’t succeed; try, try, try again!

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow me at @anguskirkbyworld on Instagram & Facebook – and if they do I’ll be eternally grateful! I promise to continue to only post top-quality content.

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