Jan 11, 2021
What makes a person a true original is their unique outlook — those who dare to tear up the rulebook and live according to their heart, and not what is expected of them. In this series, we’ll be looking at truly authentic originals, who carry the spirit of Barbour International and wear the Badge of An Original wherever life takes them.
Here we have music PR, brilliant fashion writer and mother, Kate (aka @wearsmymoney), who is living proof of the power of following your passions.
Finding your passion
I was studying Fashion Journalism at LCF when I started doing a work experience placement at a small music PR firm — I was paid about £50 a week to do all the odd jobs around the office. While I was there, I saw an ad in a music industry magazine for a regional Radio Promotions job. I had zero experience, but I blagged my way in and got the job. From there, I worked my way up from a heavy metal record company, to EMI Records and finally Warner Records and Parlophone where I was Head of TV Promotions until September last year, when I left to set up my own PR company.
Inspired by everyday
In work and life, I’m inspired by the regular people I meet, rather than well-known figures. The same with fashion: I find most of my inspiration in the people I see on the street. I have been known to see someone on the tube wearing a cool pair of trainers and by the time I’ve reached my destination, I’ve googled and bought them.
Styling the streets
I’ve been into fashion for as long as I can remember. The reason I got my first job (paper-round) when I was thirteen was specifically so I could afford to buy a white parka I had seen in the window of my favourite shop! Not much has changed since then to be honest. I love to put together outfits, I love to try new things. Even forty-eight, I haven’t lost that passion for clothes.
Being an original
An original is someone who doesn’t follow the crowd, someone who isn’t afraid to be true to their own self no matter what others might think of them.
I’m not sure if this is original, but I built up another business alongside my day job for four years (by writing the blog) because I knew at some point I would want to leave. People would always say ‘I don’t know how you do it, have a full-time job, two kids and write a blog every week’, but when you do something you love, it doesn’t feel so hard. Now I have two viable businesses of my own. A music PR company, representing Coldplay, Noel Gallagher, Michael Bublé to name a few, and a fashion blog that now actually makes money. I did all this when I was 45. So, I think it proves you shouldn’t think just because you’re past a certain age, you can’t still achieve things.
The style of an original
I’ve always been a fan of Barbour International as a company. I love the fact they are a truly authentic UK business. Plus, the clothes are comfortable, practical and stylish — I mean, who could ask for anything more?
Being true to you
I just think once you find your style and feel comfortable in your own skin it just makes life so much easier. Whatever your personal style, just be true to yourself and forget about what others might think. That’s the mark of a true original.
An attitude to live by
My dad always says ‘SWATU’, that means ‘Something Will Always Turn Up’, and if you never stop trying that’s almost always the case.