Tell us a bit about your career background and how you got to your present role.
As the Global Director of Partner Office Relations at Quintessentially Lifestyle I am responsible for leading global partnerships, servicing & operations, and growth strategy for the franchise side of the business.
After almost eight years working in multicultural advertising based in the USA, Quintessentially Lifestyle approached me for a Marketing role in London, which quickly expanded into sales, operations, business development and management. When I joined the company five years ago, Quintessentially Lifestyle had 38 offices, so it is amazing to have been a part of the rapid growth to over 60 offices today.
Tell us a bit about what is Quintessentially Lifestyle and your role in the company.
Quintessentially Lifestyle is an award-winning global lifestyle management service for the world’s most discerning individuals. We also work with brands to build their client acquisition, retention and product offerings. We support corporate partners to meet their business objectives, enhance brand perceptions, build customer loyalty and heighten engagement.
As Global Director of Partner Office Relations, I create and execute the growth strategy for our global partners. With frequent international travel, I work with our network to promote local initiatives, identify market requirements, and execute best practice across multiple countries for optimal growth.
Lindsay wears the Argyll dress in red
You must know the best well-kept secrets in London. Could you share with us your favourite addresses in the city?
The list constantly changes, but right now my favourites include: Blanchette Soho for French tapas, Ceviche for pisco sours, Berners Tavern, Chotto Matte, and brunch at Granger & Co in Notting Hill. For wine and cheese, La Fromagerie on Moxon Street and for drinks Bar Américain at Brasserie Zedel, Loulou’s at 5 Hertford Street, and Scarfes Bar at Rosewood hotel. For a relaxed night, The Blind Pig at Social Eating House, The Mucky Pup in Islington and The Eagle in Farringdon are great pubs. The best places for a nightcap are Coburg Bar at the Connaught hotel and 69 Colebrooke Row in Islington.
What are your tips for maintaining a good work-life balance?
With so many of my interests aligned with Quintessentially Lifestyle’s service offering and so many interesting people to meet, I find the best way to maintain a good work-life balance is to spend a few hours alone each week to disconnect from work and social engagements. It is hard to slow down!
Lindsay wears the Claremont coat in charcoal tweed
As a woman in business, how important is it to dress well for work?
First impressions matter in business, so professional polish is key.
Every professional environment has a different dress code, however in the luxury industry there is a requirement to “look the part” to validate one’s expertise in and understanding of the sector. While purchasing designer brands can strain budgets, the most sharply dressed professional women I know have great style that blends luxury and high street brands to express their individuality. The Le Marais Capsule Collection from The Fold includes easy, sophisticated separates to integrate into any wardrobe and they do not wrinkle easily, so good for long days and travel.
What are your ultimate workwear wardrobe staples?
I wear a neutral palette of grey, white, camel and black with classic cuts – blazers, cashmere v-neck sweaters, slim trousers, pencil skirts, silk blouses, pearl studs, ankle boots and high heels. For work, I prefer a sophisticated look that transitions easily from the office to evening events and a handbag large enough to carry the requisite flats to wear running between meetings around the city.
And finally, what is your favourite piece from The Fold AW14 collection?
Along with the Le Marais trousers, The Argyll Dress in the perfect brick red is a great blend of elegance and comfort. The Claremont Coat is also a versatile piece that is great for work and for feeling more ‘put-together’ on the weekends.
Photos from Amelia Allen Photography