Name: Sally Prothero
Job: Style consultant at Abi Fisher Ltd
Born: Harrow, north London
Education: Bentley Wood School for Girls
Family: Married to Martin with two grown-up daughters Aby and Amber
I love to do an early morning Pilates class followed by making a smoothie from my new Nutribullet which I love experimenting with – my favourite at the moment is pineapple, fresh mint, quinoa, half a pear and coconut water. This is delicious and very thirst quenching and keeps me going for the busy day ahead.
We have a German Shepherd called Bear who loves a good walk so if I have time I take him for a walk. I love entertaining friends and cooking so often entertain in the evenings. My mantra for this is that it has to be easy but look good. To relax I love a good box set or a movie – I am watching House of Cards at the moment.
I spend lots of time out of the office, for example we were recently in London to view the Spring/Summer 17 collections. It is always a very exciting time for Abi and I as we start to build a new collection. The brands are usually showcased in showrooms around London and we tend to fit in around three appointments per day.
We tend to buy in a very specific way and always with our clients uppermost in our minds. Firstly we will browse the collection and pull out any key pieces. We will then actually try the garments on so that we are sure of the fit. Most showrooms have an in-house model but we like to see the fit on real bodies.
Once we have made our selection we then think about how the pieces will sit alongside other pieces that we have bought from other brands. ie colours, textures, styles etc. It is a methodical process for us and we discuss each and every piece in great detail. Ultimately we are taking the hard work away from our clients. They come to us so that the they don’t have to trawl the high street. The result is a collection of beautiful pieces that are difficult to choose between.
Wednesdays in the office consist of various tasks depending on the time of the season. At the moment all of the winter stock is arriving which is a very exciting time. We are like children in a sweet shop! The stock has to be priced, steamed and hung ready to be sold.
I will also spend time contacting clients either by email or phone. We offer a fantastic service in the showroom and part of that service is notifying clients of new arrivals that they have requested to see, or that a special order has arrived. We feel that when it comes to a client’s wardrobe, we can fulfil most gaps and requirements for the oncoming season.
What do you wear to do your job? Definitely smart casual. I love a great jacket, long or short with skinny pants and a great pair of flats or heeled boots, actually I usually love everything in the showroom!
What is the favourite part of your job? I love serving our existing clients and meeting new ones. I get great pleasure from how much they love the understated luxury of the clothes and showroom and the overall shopping experience. It is wonderful when they leave feeling more confident about their look. I also really look forward to the buying trips. We often visit London and Europe to find new brands which are under the radar and can’t easily be found on the High Street.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Packing up the garments after an external event. We often attend charity events and host fashion shows.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? I love fitness and have tried just about every fitness trend going since I was 15. It is a huge part of my life and it helps me mentally and physically, so I guess it would have to be involved in the fitness industry.
How do you relax when you are not working? Spending time with my family, entertaining friends, long walks with the dog in the forest, fitness and watching movies.
What is your favourite film? I have so many! I am a real movie buff and love to rewatch my favourites. One of our family traditions is to always watch The Holiday on Christmas Eve.
What is your favourite book? It has to be the Book Thief written by Markus Zusak. It is a tremendously powerful portrayal of life under the Nazis, especially as it was experienced by German youth. Ultimately it is a portrait of triumph of spirit and humanity.
What is your favourite song? A House is Not a Home by Luther Vandross.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Kate Hudson, she is down to earth has a great sense of humour. Seems to have life sussed but a little ditsy.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? I appeared in two operas at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden. One was alongside the great Pavarotti. I have to say I was appearing as an acrobat in both operas and not singing!We want to hear from people from all walks of life – to take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below