Founder of the eponymous clothing brand Temperley London, Somerset-born fashion designer Alice Temperley MBE is known and loved for her effortlessly elegant designs. She sat down with us to talk fashion, inspiration, and what the rest of the year has in store for her…
Describe your interior style in three words.
Eclectic, eccentric, and colourful.
Do you prefer city or country life?
Country by day, city by night.
Which room in your home is your favourite?
My bathroom - I have a central disco-mirrored bath that lights up the room with both morning and evening light. I spend hours in there; the view over the rolling hills of Somerset is beautiful.
What’s your home’s colour palette?
Throughout the years I have painted my walls in several colours including aubergine, terracotta, pink, blue, black, and green. It all depends on the room and the light.
What was the last thing you bought for your home?
A mug from Summerill & Bishop for my morning coffee and I also purchased a Shire horse.
What’s your most treasured possession in your home?
My selection of lights – I love chandeliers.
What was your biggest interior design mistake?
I once covered a sofa in the wrong material, it came back in a navy shade with a crushed velvet finish, it was not what I had envisioned.
Do you find interiors inspire your fashion collections, or vice versa?
Both, I’m all about colour, texture and pattern and mixing them together. I’m currently working on a special project to further grow my lifestyle range at Temperley.
What first inspired you to become a designer and what keeps you interested today?
I’ve always loved making things. I got stuck in fashion, but I feel that I should have worked in fine art print or photography. Working in a quiet studio with a radio as company sounds idyllic to me.
If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
I think I would be working in fine art photography and mixed media, it’s still my dream, I just need to find the time to explore this.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
To love what you do and don’t try to please everyone.
You’re an ambassador for Women for Women International, why is this particular charity close to your heart?
It’s an amazing charity which creates a very close connection with the women you support through their Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme. During the year-long training programme, women learn the skills they need to rebuild their families and communities – how to earn an income and save, how to care for their families and how to defend their rights.
The stories of the ladies we have helped have often brought tears to my eyes and what the charity does to help women all over the world affected by war and conflict is truly inspirational. I encourage everyone to sign up to sponsor a sister through the programme and make a tangible difference to someone’s life.
What does the rest of the year have in store for you?
The remainder of the year is filled with exciting partnerships and collaborations to further expand my brand into a lifestyle destination. I can’t say too much at the moment, but what I can say is that they’re all very close to my heart. I’m also launching my first unisex outerwear collection - a waterproof, sustainable and hardwearing selection of clothing made in my hometown in Somerset.