When did you first realise you wanted to get into working with jewellery?
I was 19. I had finished a drama course in Liverpool. I thought if I’m really serious about this I’d have to go to RADA. I started making jewellery and selling it and thought I quite like this, and did a course in it in Manchester and then moved to London to do a degree in jewellery making.
After finishing your course what did u go on to do then?
I actually got into styling. I assisted a girl who was doing music videos, and she couldn’t make it to do it one day so I got asked to do it instead of her and it really took off from there.
How long were you styling for?
I was styling for 6 years and in between then I set up St. Tropez Underwear Company (named after a Bridget Bardot song) with my best friend – CSM graduate Sarah Fung.
What advice would you give to somebody who wants to get into styling?
Bang on loads of doors, just make yourself available. Try and get as much experience as possible. Go and assist people on shoots, don’t bother doing a course in it.
When did you get back into jewellery ?
To be honest, I never really left it – I always collected and bought costume pieces – like Lanvin, Chanel and vintage pieces. When I moved back to Liverpool I didn’t know what I was going to do so I set up the website, benna.co.uk. I hadn’t been here for such a long time, and I had to slot in somewhere; the place had changed so much, I had to find something to do.
Where are the best places to pick up vintage jewellery?
Jewellery Fairs throughout Europe, especially Paris. There are some amazing Flea Markets if you really look around.
Who are your favourite jewellery designers?
And Fashion designers?
What are the key pieces in your wardrobe?
Ankle boots are so comfortable, they are so easy to wear and can really make an outfit. I love my Rick Owens leather jacket and I’ve got loads of Chloe dresses – it’s such a wearable brand.
What is the most expensive item of clothing you own?
I bought a dress from Chanel which was £2,200. It’s a Flapper Style, with a camellia on the front. I did have a reason to spend that much money though! I bought it for my dad’s 60th and my sister’s 40th, because we were having a huge party for them.
Where your favourite stores you buy your clothes from?