Kate Stephenson

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 June, 2008, 12:00am

Textile designer

Jeans: Topshop and Diesel. 'Topshop always fits really well and it was the first place that did skinny-fit jeans. The clothes are cheap but last a long time.'

Shoes: 'Definitely flats. I buy vintage shoes in Hong Kong but I also love Pedder Red.'

Shops: 'There are quite a few cool stores around Causeway Bay. I like finding new places.'

Inspiration: 'When I was studying, it was painters such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

Now I'm working, it's designers such as Matthew Williamson, Dries van Noten and Marc Jacobs, but anything can trigger inspiration.'

Heroes: 'It sounds cheesy but I'd have to say my mum because she is a wonderful, kind, generous woman who I can really look up to. On the fun side, I'd say Kate Moss because she's gorgeous. She always looks edgy and she's pretty cool.'

On a Sunday afternoon: 'If it's sunny, go to the beach. If it's raining, go shopping.'

Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. 'It was so brilliant, really moving. I didn't like the movie, though. The connections between the characters, which the book is based on, are lost in the film.'

Getaway: 'Home [Britain], because I miss my family. Apart from that, somewhere nice - a tropical island.'

Dish: bangers and mash. 'When I was a student, it was cheap and easy to cook. I make pretty good mash.'

Two things you'd take to a desert island: 'Some kind of sound system, probably my iPod, and a nice,

hot guy.'

Pet peeves: 'Slow walkers and noisy eaters.'

Advice for future textile designers: 'Know that you're going to have to work really hard, so make sure you love it.'