Ward; a native Londoner, Le Corden Bleu trained chef and food
Tess's journey to becoming a chef, her go-to engraving and how she
styles our collections for A/W17.
What was the most important thing you learnt on your
journey to becoming a chef?
why you do what you do - If one person a day makes one of my
recipes instead of junk food, that is a success to me. That said,
everyone's path is different, so work hard, be kind, accept the
unpredictable and make the most of all the things you are good
What is the earliest memory you have with
I always used
to go through my mum's jewellery box when she was getting ready to
go out. I remember sitting on her bed and helping her choose the
right pieces for her outfit. I love the whole process of dressing
up, so I'd put on a pair of clip-on earrings, her heels and
lipstick (complete with multicoloured leggings and a scruffy
dungaree dress) and clomp down the hallway in an effort to make it
out the door with them.
What is it about Monica Vinader pieces that you like the
I tend to opt
for less delicate pieces to wear day to day and the signature
cuffs, stacking rings and gold chains have become staples for me.
They seem to bring together almost any look.
If you could only engrave one symbol, sentence or
character what would that be and why?
It would be
'wanna hear some poetry' - a line from the sweetest thing. A movie
my best friend Emma and I used to watch on repeat as teens. It's a
movie that never fails to make me laugh and sums up so much of my
What is your go-to piece of jewellery?
developed a little collection of jade and gold rings. The most
important of which is one that has been passed down from my granny.
There is something about the energy of the stone and the turquoise
colour of the ring with gold that I really love