Wouldn’t it be an absolute dream to find out all of the juicy goss, and interview a major fashionista and super talented illustrator who has worked for some top designer brands? Oh wait. WE DID.
B&G followers, we are so thrilled to release our B&G-Q&A session with the amazing Sally Faye! (I know, we are still major fan-girling right now).
Sally Faye (if you don’t know already) is an Illustrator, who currently works for top brands such as Louboutin Beaute, L’Oreal, Benefit Cosmetics and MaxFactor. Her work is incredibly unique and screams classic femininity. She is also the creator of the ‘All Black Everything’ book - fashion phenomenon and life saver(!) which we currently hold within our collection.
This year, Berrys and Grey had the delight of creating a beautiful, bespoke bouquet for Sally’s wedding day. Sally came to us with an idea of a classic bridal bouquet, with a contemporary, city sleek feel. Of course, we knew exactly how to deliver this, analysing all details of the bouquet to ensure it nothing was less than perfect. The bouquet included white real touch Roses and Orchids.
Keep scrolling for the video interview and transcript…
Where did your career path start, and did you always want to be an illustrator?
I think growing up, I always wanted to be an Illustrator. I didn’t really know much about illustration, so when I went to uni, I done a degree in Printed Textiles for Fashion and it wasn’t until my second year that I really fell in love with fashion illustration. So, I finished my degree, moved back home, got a full job and started drawing at any chance I got, evenings, weekends! I was then asked by my hairdresser at the time to draw some wall murals for her, as they were doing a salon refit and they were then seen by the agency that now represent me, who also got me into doing more war murals – which is how I started my career!
What advice would you give to someone starting their own business/brand?
My brand definitely came to life when the design team took my ideas and brought it all to life. I think if you do have a brand or a start-up business, brand identity and brand image is really important. Having a really strong, clear message of what your brand is about can really help. Just go in there and speak to a design agency and listen to them and try and get them involved.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love receiving an email from a brand that’s in my make-up bag or that I have grown up with and getting to work for them, because it’s something that is really exciting. I love seeing my illustrations on prints or packaging. I’ve got a new project that’s coming out soon that I am so excited about. It’s just exciting, fun! The only thing I don’t like is having tight deadlines, when it’s unrealistic and becomes stressful. But the pro’s outweigh the cons, I’m very lucky.
LETS GET PERSONAL
What is your biggest fear?
Drowning. I don’t like the thought of drowning.
What is the piece of advice that you would give to your younger self?
Leave your hair alone. Don’t bleach it yourself, don’t cut it yourself, don’t cut your own fringe. Leave it to the professionals!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What is your favourite season and why?
It’s got to be Autumn, when it’s sunny, crisp morning, I love taking the dogs out through the park, seeing all the beautiful colours. And then when it’s raining and its gloomy and it’s cold, I love having the heating on, lighting the candles and being at home, it’s lovely.
Who is the person that you aspire to?
Recently, I discovered Anine Bing and she is such a motivation for me. She is a mum, she has the most amazing brands, she’s a businesswoman. If I’m feeling a little bit de-motivated or need some inspiration, I will normally look at someone like her, or look at some other women I am following on Instagram who are just smashing it. Great motivation.
If you could have dinner with someone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be your first question?
That’s a hard one…it would be my nan and it wouldn’t be a question but I would like to tell her that I got married.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Do you have any odd/bad habits?
Plenty. I am sure my husband has a list so you’ll have to ask him!
Do you have any regrets?
They are all hair regrets. Dying my hair red was a very expensive regret and it damaged my hair really badly trying to dye it back to blonde, but that was going back to years ago so I wouldn’t do that again.
Most embarrassing moment?
I am an absolute goof, I’m so clumsy so I embarrass myself all the time!
Who is your celebrity crush?
George Ezra, don’t judge me.
Night in or night out?
Night in, with a bottle of wine and some candles lit.
Sweet or savoury?
I have a very strong sweet tooth, but savoury followed by sweet. I am such a foodie!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. That’s how I start my morning.
Final Question. What is your favourite product at Berrys and Grey and why?
My book! Thank you so much guys for becoming a new stockist. You can buy ‘All Black Everything’, now available at Berrys and Grey, so that’s going to be one of my favourite products. And my beautiful, bespoke wedding bouquet that I had made for our wedding that was in September. We got married in Sanfransico, so it meant that I could take it over with me. It survived the trip, it stayed in my hand luggage and I did not let it out of my sight! I now get to keep it forever, so if you’re getting married and especially if you are getting married abroad, it’s so beautiful!
Thanks Nicole and the Berrys and Grey Team for featuring me and my fur baby and my book. Have a great days guys, bye! *speaks to fur baby in high pitched voice* aren’t you gorgeous?