Everwondered what it might be like to be the daughter of Product Inventors? Claire Constantine is Lush Oxford Street Manager and daughter of Mark and Mo Constantine OBE, Lush Co-founders. Lush Oxford Street is their new flagship and largest shop in the world based on Europe’s busiest shopping street. WOWZA. So lets meet Claire…
Where do you live in London and why?
I live in Clapham, on Northcote Road. I love the sense of community and all of the amazing independent retailers and cafes along the road. I often spend my weekend rummaging through the antiques market, or shopping for my nieces and nephews in the children’s shops.
So, your parents are the founders of LUSH Cosmetics – that’s pretty awesome! What was it like growing up?
Very busy! There was always something going on, a meeting around our kitchen table, a new bath bomb being tested in our bath. My most vivid memories of childhood are scraping brightly coloured chunks of soap off of the work surface in my mum’s shed where she would invent products. The smell of hot soap is really nostalgic to me.
And now you have a brand new flagship store on Oxford Street, which you’re managing! What advice would you give to others about running a flagship store?
The Oxford St shop will open at the end of April, but co-ordinating the opening has been a great challenge so far. The best piece of advice I can offer is to take breaks. I meditate before work, and try to go for a swim most lunch breaks, it clears my mind and helps me focus for the afternoon. An essential part of running a flagship shop is building a great team, working with passionate and talented people makes everything better!
There are so many new products launching in the LUSH Collections. What are some of your favourites?
Basically every range has something brand new in, so it’s hard to choose. We are introducing solid hot hair treatments, which are like making your own product, which I love. There are some amazing new innovations in make up coming up too, which I saw for the first time yesterday. I cannot wait to get my hands on them!
Finally, what would your perfect day in London entail?
My perfect day in London would be spent exploring an area I’ve never been, a beautiful clash of nature and the urban landscape, taking some photos, and stumbling upon an incredible cafe with the best hot chocolate. I find sticking to the Thames path takes me on some interesting and stimulating walks through such a variety of places.
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