How my lifelong love of fashion led me to create my own collection

I’m Magi Rose Sque, designer and founder of Magi Rose London. My lifelong love of fashion led me to create my own distinctive ladieswear collection after retiring from my position as a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wolverhampton.

I first had the idea for the collection when I was 17, working in my first job in a ladies clothing shop, in the tourist town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The clothes were so vibrant and elegant. I loved how something as simple as a shift dress could convey a sense of great style upon the wearer. Fast forward to today and I’m about to see my collection launched!

As I write, several wonderful quotes come to mind, for instance, ‘never give up on your dreams’, ‘you should aspire to have a dream’, etc. Last summer I spotted a meaningful piece of advice in a Sunday Times Magazine article, ‘A Life in the Day’. It was by Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest. He said, ‘It’s never too late to start something new’. Having had a long career in health care and academia I found this energising and inspiring. This is exactly what Magi Rose London is about to me!

Clothes have always been something I enjoyed. I feel fortunate that my career has taken me to places where I knew what it was to really dress-up; be that meeting rooms across the world or the Vienna Opera House. In contrast, I’ve been in situations where the only option was to dress-down, for example, when working in burnt-out buildings or onboard navy ships, training students in simulated rescue missions.

There are three criteria I demand from my clothes: comfort, high-quality fabrics and sound construction.

These qualities are enshrined in all the garments in the Magi Rose collection.

We are launching the brand in Summer 2019, with my signature garment, the Magi Bagi. The Bagi is the ultimate in elegant comfort for every occasion.

I will share more of my story, the process of starting again, and never letting go of that 17-year-old’s dream, as we progress.

I look forward to sharing the images of the Bagi with you soon.

Tra for now.