Avid readers of Lingerieinsight.com will know that I never miss an opportunity to break stories at the earliest opportunity. One piece of news that I have been uncharacteristically secretive about is that I will be handing over Lingerie Insight to a new editor this month as I make a move away from fashion journalism and into the world of politics.
I am delighted to be able to say that I have been offered a role as a parliamentary assistant to an MP, a position that I have enthusiastically accepted. Politics is an area in which I have had a long standing interest and I feel that I am at the perfect time in my life to take on this new challenge.
It is with some sorrow that I hand over the reins of Lingerie Insight to a new editor, although I know the title is in safe hands, and will continue its meteoric rise in stature and importance for this fabulous industry.
I have come to know, like and respect some incredible people during the two years since I launched Lingerie Insight and wish you all continued success in the future. The British intimate apparel industry has reached new heights this year thanks to the creativity, talent and hard work of so many wonderful people. I feel confident that the largest British brands and the emerging directional designers will not only grow their fan bases in the UK, they will also enjoy unprecedented sales abroad.
International brands increasingly view the UK as a sleeping giant of the intimate apparel market, and are seeing their revenues grow on the backs of hard work and innovation from wholesalers, high street shops and digital retailers.
My final day, next Monday, is also the first day for Lingerie Insight’s new editor, Gemma Champ, who brings a wealth of experience with her to the role including two years with WGSN, a year with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and most recently as fashion editor for The National, the premier daily newspaper in the Middle East. She will be joined by a new assistant editor in January, a move that will greatly increase the title’s editorial firepower in the New Year.
When I joined Lingerie Insight as editor in November 2010, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to be part of creating a new magazine in such a vibrant area of fashion. While looking back – during our second anniversary Cover Star competition – over the covers of the past two years, I felt so proud of what the team has achieved.
Since Lingerie Insight was started, I have learnt so much and that is largely thanks to you, the Lingerie Insight readers. Though I am leaving the intimate apparel industry, I am taking with me an abiding love for all things lingerie, hosiery and swimwear. And, it is with mixed feelings that I depart from this sector, which has come to mean so much to me.
I wish you all the very best of fortunes in 2013 and hope our paths cross again in the near future.