We have the largest creative sector in the EU which contributes over £76.9billion a year and, relative to GDP, is probably the largest in the world. In an odd sort of reversal of fortunes, the problem we now face is that we become too comfortable - convincing ourselves that our creative sector is so brilliant and innovative that we can wipe the floor with the rest of the world.
You do follow a fashion of sorts, but not one that will be seen on catwalks in Milan. More in the coffee shops of a local highstreet or on a Saturday afternoon in a busy (and stinking) soft play. Think more hobo sh*t rather than boho chic.
You'll start checking yourself out in the mirror way more. Partly because you look more awesome, but also because you always need to make sure you don't look too homeless.
Paying homage to those women and encouraging them to speak up and inspire the younger generations is precisely what we also do with the Inspiring Women Campaign and that is why I decided to support the WIE network (and yes, I am doing this in the middle of a general election - and no, it is not an oversight). Because no matter your age, your skills or your background, every woman has an inner role model and it is the duty of every woman of my generation to stand up for young girls.
There are so many negative words used to describe successful business women in contrast to successful business men and levelling out any gender inequalities is something I have tried to spearhead throughout my career.
There's old theory in the villages of Ghana, which is no self respecting village girl should marry a man who can not afford to buy her a Singer sewing machine. There are a lot of married village girls in Ghana, armed with this data I decided fashion and manufacturing was probably the route to take and thus the LDNY Foundation was born.
By challenging the status quo and making our world a fairer and more equitable place fashion can play a vital role in showing us what's possible - by its very nature fashion is constantly evolving, renewing itself, innovating and creating a world which we can aspire to.
Lots of people think that fashion is something frivolous and not necessarily meaningful or full of purpose. That's not the case at all. Many retailers are now making more of an effort than ever before to reduce their impact on the environment and support local communities.
Disabled people should remember McQueen as a champion of equality, which is not something you'd expect from a fashion designer. But McQueen was so much more than that, and Savage Beauty captures this with a reverence that takes your breathe away.
First we wanted more representation for plus size women in modelling. Then we had plus size women 'reclaiming' the term. Then we had a nineties pop star say she disapproved of stores selling clothes in 'unhealthy' dress sizes. Now finally we have people saying we should drop the term 'plus size' altogether. Where will it all end?
Fostering self-belief, determination and knowing there is a network of support for young women is a small step to giving-back just some of the support that I have been given along the way.
If our clothes could talk though, those memories would reveal things we probably wouldn't ever be likely to forget. Friday 24 April is a day that hopes to reignite the public's interest in thinking about the provenance of our clothes; the stories which our clothes can never tell, the faces of the often faceless workforce.
There are some things that are definitely in our control when it comes to making a good impression. We can make sure our clothes are clean, our nails aren't chipped, our shoes are polished and our hair is washed.
A week ahead of World Malaria Day, there is much that rings true in his words, for in the fight against the world's biggest killer disease, many small things (backed by some big commitment) have led to extraordinary progress...
I live by the 'sometimes, always, never' rule which is what you need to remember when it comes to your jacket. Sometimes do up your top button, always do up your middle button & NEVER do up your top button.
It seems strange that with YouTube as such a large platform and menswear growing larger and larger as an industry in the UK, there aren't many independent British YouTube personalities - if you know of any more, please comment below and add them here!