'It's amazing, like a shower for your insides' - Nadja Swarovski

MY LIFE/STYLE: Swarovski's global head of design talks trampolines, Warhol and cucumber smoothies.

by Adam Gale


I sit with my children, Rigby (10), Thalia (eight) and Jasmine (six), at breakfast before sending them off to school. I have a kale, spinach and cucumber smoothie from my Vitamix blender. The kids don't. It's amazing, like a shower for your insides.

Business attire for me is casual and practical -Charlotte Olympia flats, black Joseph trousers and a Lanvin jacket. Most days, I take a taxi to our Piccadilly office for meetings with designers. I don't want to get stuck behind my desk, or I'll never get out and feel the pulse of the industry. I just went on a refresher course at Oxford's Said Business School, and regularly attend fairs and exhibitions like the London Design Festival. Sometimes it's a two-minute conversation at a cocktail party that establishes the next project. That to me is how business is done.


I found my passion in art. One of my favourite pieces is an Andy Warhol in our boardroom, Gems no A 189. I like art that has a positive impact on my life. It's the same with music - no heavy metal! My new favourite is Empire of the Sun, but I grew up listening to Abba and Boney M. I sometimes have to justify my wardrobe by saying I'm a collector of fashion too. Alexander McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes are works of art. Sometimes I buy them and don't wear them in case I ruin them, but my daughters wear them at home!

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