Logging On & Off: Pippa O’Connor Ormond, Presenter & Designer

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Presenter and designer Pippa O’Connor on separating work and family, digital detoxes and her new collaboration with Lucy Nagle …

Work never stops when you have your own business but I purposely don’t have a home office. My desk is in our office, which isn’t far from home. Online business was busy for POCO and Pippa Collection during lockdown. Customers were treating themselves to candles, sweatshirts, T-shirts and stretchy denim pieces which are comfortable and stylish.

I’ve been working on a new collaboration with designer Lucy Nagle. In early January she asked if I would I like to design my own range with her. Our aesthetics are quite similar and it was an enjoyable process – much of it ended up being done via Zoom and email. I wanted luxury pieces at a good price point. Lucy’s factory manufactures with excellent merino wool, which we chose for the loungewear and dressier sweats I’ve designed. Coming into winter, I’ll be layering organic cotton T-shirts under my Lucy X Pippa cardigans, which feel so soft. This year has taught me to take a few more days at home with my family and enjoy the simple things. Work will still go on while you recharge. I also make a conscious effort to detach digitally in the evenings. I don’t know if my idea of balance is someone else’s (some might think I never switch off ) but I’m happy. www.pippa.ie

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