Christina Strutt – 2011 Mentor

A former fashion editor, Christina Strutt founded the clothing and lifestyle line Cabbages and Roses. She now has three stores and a range in Jigsaw

A former fashion editor, Christina Strutt founded the clothing and lifestyle line Cabbages and Roses. She now has three stores and a range in Jigsaw.

We caught up to talk inspiration and her own experiences of mentoring.

What fired your ambition to start your own business?
After several years freelancing as an interior designer for various magazines, I wanted to build a business that had meaning to it.

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What’s been a career high?
The press played a significant role in our success – their kindness has had a massive influence. Another major high has been opening our stores and our range with Jigsaw. John Robinson, the owner, invested shares in our company and his advice and interest from the beginning was a huge boost.

What’s the best careers advice that you’ve been given?
Find the thing you are passionate about and endure the pitfalls. My advice is to take baby steps and do each properly. And if you can avoid it, don’t borrow money.

What makes a good mentor?
The best mentor is one who has struggled and made it.

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