Sir Terence Conran, Milan 2010
Celebrated founder of Habitat; emperor of retail, design and style; author, manufacturer, entrepreneur and restaurateur.
When Habitat opened in Chelsea in 1964 (and some of us are old enough to remember it), staff wore Mary Quant, with hair by Vidal Sassoon. Thus began story of style and originality which continues to this day, as Habitat's founder Sir Terence Conran (designer, retailer, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and general bon viveur) pursues his career into his 80s (because increasingly 80 is the new 60). What now, Sir Terence was asked at a birthday dinner for the media, at the Conran Shop. "Do more," was the typical reply. So still the story continues, with the Content by Conran brand, furniture for Benchmark, and new Conran collections at M&S.
I have chatted to and interviewed Sir Terence many times over the years, and he kindly wrote a foreword for my book How to Get the Look…"when retailers get it right, shopping can be exciting and fun," he said. Good words from one who got it right over and over again.
Here Sir Terence was at a celebration of British Design at La Rinascente department store in Milan in 2010.