Uruguayan designer Gabriela Hearst launched her eponymous label in 2015, the same year that she took over her family’s ranch in Paysandú. Her rural, off-the-grid upbringing informs the aesthetic of her functional, timeless clothing and accessories, underscored by an environmentally conscious approach to production and packaging.
We profile Elinor Smith, the daredevil pilot who had an incredible career in the air, set multiple world records and continued to fly planes up until the age of 89.
Ben Gorham, who grew up between Stockholm, Toronto and New York, is founder and creative director of Byredo, a brand he launched in Sweden in 2006. When his dream of playing professional basketball didn’t work out, Gorham went to art school and later started making fragrances to elicit memories. Producing scents, homeware and clothing, Byredo has retail outposts around the globe and launched a makeup line in October.
This week, we meet Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill is a German designer and entrepreneur who started Parley in 2012 as a forum for creative industries to address major threats towards marine ecosystems. It’s had notable collaborations with Adidas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, American Express and the UN.
In this new series we profile some of the fearless record-breaking aviators who flew to dizzying heights and were pioneers in their field. We begin with the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart, who paved the way for women in aviation.
Robert Wright and Tiberio Lobo-Navia are the co-founders of Beni Rugs. The Marrakech-based label works closely with local communities to craft made-to-order rugs for its clients, weaving ancient tradition together with digital creation and ordering. We also meet António Magalhães, who along with his brother, co-founded menswear label Portuguese Flannel, celebrating their family’s legacy in textiles. Founded in 2013, they create unique cotton, linen and flannel clothing, which you can find at their flagship Porto shop.
Pete Butler and James Terry are co-founders of Dishpatch, a London-based business delivering ready-to-cook meals from top restaurants across the UK. The company was launched through the Entrepreneur First network at the start of the pandemic and is now working with restaurants to improve the experience of at-home dining.
This week we hear from two companies using good product design to help shift consumer habits in food and drink. We speak to Dan Black of London’s Black + Blum to hear about its range of stainless-steel lunch boxes, cutlery and water bottles that are inspiring people to think twice about wasteful packaging. Plus: we meet Justin Wang of Larq, makers of self-cleaning water bottles and pitchers that remove bacteria from water using UV light.
Antoine Hubert is the CEO and co-founder of Ÿnsect, a French agri-tech company that farms insects to make high-quality feed for fish, plants and pets. Launched in 2011, the company is a leader in environmentally friendly products and farming techniques. To date it’s raised almost 0m and is in the process of building an automated insect farm in Amiens in Northern France, with plans to expand the vertical farming model around the world.
Oliver Ripley is the co-founder and CEO of Habitas, a hospitality group he launched in 2014 with Kfir Levy and Eduardo Castillo. They dreamt up the idea to start a hotel group built around experience and impact following a trip to the Burning Man festival. With locations in Tulum and Namibia, Habitas is working to expand to Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and further locations in Mexico.
Using its carbon-neutral fleet of electric bicycles and vans, Foodlogica has been transforming the last mile of inner-city food delivery. Launched in 2016, the company has transformed from a small-scale experiment into a lucrative business across three countries by identifying a problem and solving it efficiently.This week, co-founder Francesca Miazzo explains how the idea came to her.
Mat Hunter is co-founder and co-CEO of Plus X, the first purpose-built facility for technology, innovation and hardware pioneers in the UK, which he created alongside Paul Rostas. Their first location is in Brighton, on the UK’s south coast, with plans to grow across the country. We also hear from Josh Wyatt, CEO of NeueHouse members clubs, on creating work and cultural hubs to connect cross-industry creatives and entrepreneurs.
Curra Rotondo is co-founder of Lefrik, a Madrid-based company that makes backpacks and travel accessories from recycled plastic bottles. Designed with commuters in mind, Lefrik backpacks are functional, light and waterproof – and stylish. Before founding Lefrik, Curra worked in the fashion industry for 14 years. She teamed up with David Ruiz Andrés, the founder of Grenergy, one of the largest renewable-energy companies in Spain, to found Lefrik in 2012.
Bernhard Gademann, headmaster and director of Institut auf dem Rosenberg – an international boarding school in St Gallen, Switzerland – discusses entrepreneurial spirit in the education space. Plus: we meet Johannes Ariens, CEO of Loge Camps, which has breathed new life into outdoor-focused hospitality.
Jill and Steve Henry are the founders of Meander, an Edinburgh-based outerwear brand. The idea for their minimalist and multifunctional pieces came after a charity ride from London to Paris, which inspired their mission to design a performance jacket to look good in the bar afterwards.
Matt Alexander is the CEO and co-founder of Texas-based Neighborhood Goods, a modern take on the department store that opened its first outpost in Plano in 2018 and now has locations in New York and Austin.
Richard Ettl is co-founder and CEO of SkyCell, a Swiss company that makes smart pharmaceutical containers used in the transport of highly sensitive treatments and vaccines. Along with sealed, temperature-regulated containers, SkyCell provides data to make logistics simple. Not only do the containers prevent spoilage, itself a multi-billion dollar problem, but they provide the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with data on the best and most efficient shipping routes.
Alejandro Bethlen is the CEO of leading floral brand The Bouqs, a California-based company launched in 2012 by John Tabis and Juan Pablo Montúfar. Bethlen joined from Amazon earlier this year. Plus: we hear from Alan Mahon of Scotland’s Brewgooder about the importance of remembering your reason for starting a business.
Tim Warrillow is the co-founder and CEO of Fever-Tree, the premium drinks and mixers brand he launched with Charles Rolls in 2005. As you’ll hear, the pair went to the ends of the Earth to find the best ingredients possible. Plus: Black Tomato co-founder, Tom Marchant, discusses the future of luxury travel.
Peter de Boer is co-founder of Willsark, an Amsterdam-based beer brand producing London Göse, a unique sour beer. The company was started by four friends as something of a side hustle but the founders hope that one day Willsark will be their main venture.