‘Working It’ with Anna Clark, Sainsbury’s Head of Design


Anna Clark joined Sainsbury’s in 2003 and was tasked with establishing her personal model of grocery store clothes line, TU. She was profitable. Tu launched a 12 months later and celebrated its fifteenth anniversary final 12 months.

In his twin position as Head of Design and Setting, Clark is accountable for a group of 65 and oversees all innovation, in-house design and visible merchandising.

Tu clothes spans males, ladies and youngsters and has a variety of merchandise from clothes and skirts to outerwear and down. Merchandise can be found by means of Sainsbury’s web site and 430 UK shops.

Ladies’s retail costs vary from £2 for a T-shirt to £150 for a leather-based jacket. Within the grocery store’s newest monetary outcomes for the second quarter of 2019, TU clothes gross sales grew 3.3% 12 months over 12 months, which it attributed to “sturdy” on-line development.

What’s the very first thing you do if you get up within the morning?

Snooze my alarm 4 occasions… Then say good morning to my husband and daughter.

What was your first job?

I labored behind the bar at a neighborhood tennis membership to scrub glasses.

How would you describe the model in a single sentence?

Tu is the model that allows you to be you.

What’s your espresso (or tea) order?

A decaffeinated skinny latte.

The place are your favourite locations to buy?

Anyplace affords an awesome expertise with a beautiful lunch. To me, that is the approach to life retailer Daylesford Natural within the Cotswolds. I additionally love Vogue Manufacturers and Different Tales and Anthropologie, and for comfort, you’ll be able to’t beat Web-a-Porter.

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The last word vogue purchase? Why did this catch your eye?

Black Lace-Up Fight Boots from Tu – They’re trend-wise, snug and spot on at nice worth.

Electronic mail or cellphone name?

nor. I desire nose to nose, or WhatsApp and Instagram extra.

What’s an important lesson you have discovered throughout your profession?

Purpose to make a distinction and be remembered for it.

What could be your superb workplace/assembly location?

An artwork studio by the ocean, full with gin bar…

What’s your favourite a part of the inventive course of?

design presentation. This consists of sharing the design group’s imaginative and prescient of the longer term with the shopping for groups. I additionally love seeing clients sporting TU merchandise – it by no means will get outdated.

What has been your proudest second since becoming a member of the corporate?

I’ve three: Naturally, when the TU model launched in September 2004. We’ve additionally sponsored Graduate Vogue Week since 2015 and provide scholarship packages to contemporary graduates yearly. Lastly, once I appeared [ITV show] immediately morning earlier this 12 months To debate our high developments for Autumn 19 and current the model’s “Work It” marketing campaign [to promote women’s workwear],

Which is the final guide you learn?

I haven’t got time to learn books, however I do have a stack of vogue and inside design magazines by my mattress.

final vacation?

Ives in Cornwall, for a two-week household trip full of browsing, paddle boarding, strolling and portray. That is my favourite place within the UK.

Who evokes you within the vogue/retail business?

Manufacturers which can be taking motion and making an influence round sustainability, reminiscent of [outdoor brand] Patagonia and [Spanish ethical clothing brand] SKFK.

What’s the largest problem going through vogue immediately?

Closing the loop on a round vogue and inspiring shoppers to change into extra sustainability-conscious.

What recommendation would you want to offer to your youthful self?

Cease worrying about what different folks consider you!

Who do you flip to if you want recommendation?

It relies upon – for the sensible stuff of day-to-day life, it is my husband or mother, and my great community of associates once I want gin and emotional help.

What can we discover you doing over the weekend?

spending time with my household, which normally consists of watching my daughter play sports activities, consuming out, and primarily strictly Come Dancing, I additionally squeeze in some socializing with associates, pretending I am nonetheless 35!

What are you most wanting ahead to within the coming 12 months?

Workwise, I at all times look ahead to Christmas and the launch of our festive vary. Personally, we’re increasing our house, so I am excited for our new artwork studio.



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