Mary Portas

Watching TV on catch up last night I was delighted to see Mary Portas on Channel 4, Barbie - the most famous doll in the world, but dismayed as I saw her explore the links between gender stereotypes and the toys children play with
Fresh from helping to organise and appearing at the One Love Manchester concert, Ariana Grande is one of the nominees at
'Embrace those wonderful feminine traits we’ve suppressed for too long.'
Mary Portas has revealed that a Catholic priest once refused to baptise her son, Horatio, who she is raising with her wife
You don't need to like Portas, 53, to be inspired by her. She grafted from the ground up to get to where she is, and on the
Am I able to echo a fellow darling of the fashion clique, Vidal Sassoon, who once memorably said that: 'It's OK saying sorry but when you are drunk you say what you really feel.'?
As the saying goes, if you stay in the middle of the road for long enough, chances are you'll get run over. Today, the 'Big Four' are matched (or beaten) on quality and price by competitors and new arrivals. It's increasingly apparent that nobody really loves them, nor can they think of a reason to keep shopping with them anymore.
Supposedly manufacturing-free regions of the UK seem to actually have rather a lot of people making things. I know it's frustrating for the headline writers who would rather it wasn't the case, but the North West employing 340,000 people and making £20billion of goods in 2013 just doesn't follow the narrative does it? And what are 125,000 Geordies doing making £6.4 billion of stuff? I thought the paper said they were all strolling around the Quays pissed up and half naked in all weathers. British manufacturing is alive, it's well, it's kicking and it's cool.
The 'Made in Britain' label, it seems, is making a comeback. Marks & Spencer has done it for the high street, Mary Portas has done it for knickers, and my maternity wear label Tiffany Rose has done it for the plethora of pregnant women out there looking for beautiful, flattering and well-made dresses.