Founder of Cross Cashmere, Lynne McCrossan talks to REEK perfume about her luxury cashmere brand, girl gangs and old Hollywood glamour. 

Tell us why you’ve ventured into the wonderful world of Scottish cashmere?

It all started when I was writing my second book Cashmere: a guide to Scottish luxury. I poured over eight of our most incredible cashmere mills and was hooked.

How have you found your personal experience working in fashion and journalism?

Fashion and journalism always walked hand in hand for me. It was writing about fashion that got me styling which ultimately lead to me creating the cashmere capsule. For me it’s all about collaboration, be it with photographers and make-up artists to brand and PRs, every shoot and article links you to a team of creatives behind the scenes – that’s the part I love.

Where do you find inspiration for your own style?

Inspiration for my own style comes from the mood I’m in. I’m a sucker for full-on old Hollywood glamour alongside crisp tailoring. Being able to experience yourself through clothing has always been something I’ve done, be it on set or personally.

What women do you most identify with from history to the present day?

I identify with strong women with giant hearts. My female friends are my biggest inspirations. I tend to gravitate towards beautiful and passionate ladies with creative souls. Women like Marchesa Luisa Casati fascinate me, I’d kill for a time machine to share a gin with that woman.

What changes do you think should be implemented to try and encourage more women to go into business and start up their own brands?

The majority of my female friends own their own businesses or are at senior levels in their career so I suppose I’m really lucky to have that kind of support system as inspiration. Ultimately it’s about access to education – I don’t just mean going to university – but that want to excel in your field by learning as much as possible about it. That’s how you conquer the world, or at least your piece of it.

What signifies female strength to you?

The ability to help another woman out. Our strength comes from supporting each other.

What smells remind you of femininity?

It’s all about sweet and salty scents for me. This will sound disgusting but I love the smell of make-up melting on your skin on a warm summer day!

What are your favourite smells and why?

The sea. Whenever I feel stressed I have to head for a beach. That salty air, preferably when it’s cold, is so soothing.

What makes you a Damn Rebel Bitch? Tell us what kind of bitch you are.

Doing things that scare me, that’s probably what makes me a damn rebel bitch, I’m not frightened of turning my wildest thoughts into reality. Ultimately I’m a nice bitch, unless I’m hungry – then I’m nasty…

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