Here at SH there’s two things we love, handbags and creating community! From the very beginning we’ve fostered relationships with our Bags of Joy ladies, who have become personal friends of ours. As we grow, it’s important to us that everyone feels welcomed into our community, so we are starting a get to know us series, focusing on our fabulous employees! First up is Martina, the marketing mastermind who catapulted the brand to what it is now!
Hey Martina, you were Sarah’s very first employee, why did you join SH?
Being in Scotland, it's not often you get the chance to work in a fashion brand. My background was all fashion & retail, but predominantly in London. SH seemed like a brilliant opportunity - when I joined it was just me and Sarah, so it was very exciting to be part of something that I could make an impact on from day 1.
Before you worked with Sarah, what was your background?
I actually studied law for a while at university but was working in Topshop part time and absolutely fell in love with visual merchandising side of things and being able to bring stores to life. I quickly realised law wasn't for me, so switched my degree to Marketing & Entrepreneurship.
When I graduated, I moved to London with Topshop on their grad scheme and was lucky enough to secure a Visual Manager role in their Oxford St flagship. I met a lot of cool people during my time there (including celebs and royalty!) and loved the brand - it's a shame it's not the same anymore! I was then head-hunted by River Island to be their flagship commercial manager, then went to House of Fraser's flagship as head of womenswear & menswear.
As much as I loved the pace of retail, I didn't love the working hours and feeling undervalued. I wanted to put my marketing degree to use and be part of a company I could make a real difference in. I ended up working for a couple of smaller bands before eventually finding SH. 4 years later and I absolutely love my job - not many people are lucky enough to say this.
What’s one thing in your wardrobe you just can’t live without?
As much as I'd love to say something super exciting here, it's got to be my gym gear - especially Fabletics leggings. As an avid runner and a busy mum of a toddler and a hyper German Shepherd, I literally can't live without them!
Do you prefer a mini bag or maxi bag?
Tough one... it depends where I'm going. If I'm going out and don't need to carry much, my go to is Jasmine or Ivy, but for work or when I have Millie (my 1 year old), then Poppy is fantastic. I've recently used Marigold for travel a few times and must say I absolutely love this bag!
What’s your favourite SH combo?
That changes a lot - there's just too many amazing combinations to pick a fave. Right now, I'm really loving silver metallic leather with gold hardware, it just looks so luxe, like a Rolex!
What do you love most about working at SH?
Loads! No 2 days are the same - there's never a dull moment.
It's so exciting to be part of a brand that's doing something that no other brand is. Seeing the growth over the past few years through our hard work has been amazing. Everything from the team and moving into our new office space, to the customers we've met along the way and how the product range has expanded.
The community that has grown in the Bags of Joy club is incredible to see - when we started out, we never expected for this to happen, but it really is such a joy to see the relationships formed between customers. And of course, I absolutely love our customers - chatting to them daily is a real pleasure, especially seeing how happy they are when we find them the perfect bag.
What’s one thing that brings you joy in life?
It's got to be my daughter, Millie. Seeing her grow into her own little person and starting to chat away is a joy like no other I've experienced. And of course, she has her own bag named after her now, which is pretty cool!