25 Nov, 2023

The Last… With Rachel Carvell-Spedding

Rachel is the founder of knitwear brand Navygrey. Obsessed with a 25-year-old navy wool jumper owned by her mum, she spent years trying to find one just like it. Unable to do so, she decided to recreate it – and in 2019 launched Navygrey. Prior to Navygrey, Rachel  worked in start-ups with a focus on education and improving access and social mobility, and before that worked in communications. She grew up by the sea but now lives in London and is married with two young children, one girl and one boy.

The Last…

Time you danced?
Yesterday, with my daughter. I was trying to remember my old tap moves as she was showing me what she had learnt in her class. Not entirely sure she was convinced.

Thing you bought from an actual shop?
Advent Calendars – traditional picture card ones not chocolate.

Thing you brought online?
A print by the Cornish based artist Martha Holmes. I adore the tones and colours of her work.

Person you spoke to?
I’ve just had a zoom with a potential partner for an exciting regenerative wool project to work on for next year.

Podcast you listened to?
The Rest is History.

New brand you discovered?
Wool Pots – they’re on a mission to eradicate plastic plant pots with wool – and their product is genius. We used their pots in our recent pop up – and let’s just say most of my family are going to be receiving these for Christmas!

Film you watched at the cinema?
Gosh it’s been a while – if I remember correctly it was Minions with my daughter!

TV series you watched at home?
The Morning Show and I just re watched some of the Trip which I first discovered in lockdown – and find parts of it really quite poignant.

Restaurant you ate at?
The Knepp Wilding Kitchen – utterly delicious.

Takeaway you ordered?
Sticks and Sushi.

Book you read?
I tend to have two on the go – one fiction, one fact. I’ve just finished Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters and am half way through The Running Hare – the secret life of Farmland by John Lewis Stempel.

Magazine you flicked through?
A 2018 copy of Vogue. I collect old editions – and can get so much inspiration from them.

Country you visited?
Portugal – for a family holiday in early September. We stayed in the eastern part of the Algarve which is so much quieter as very little development. We had so many beaches to ourselves. It was glorious.

Town you walked around?
Woodstock in Oxfordshire, nursing a strong cup of tea post a friend’s 40th.

Time you cried?
Last week. At the news. Devastating and heart-breaking.

Time you laughed until you cried?
Reminiscing with two very dear friends who I met through having my first child.

Thing you do at night before switching off the light?
I hate to admit but it tends to be checking my phone. It is not good.

Meal you cooked?
Boiled eggs. I am no cook, but I am excellent at a proper boiled egg.

Cocktail you drank?
I tend to be more of a G&T lady, but I did have a very nice Margarita not so long ago.

Play you saw?
The Lehman Trilogy.

Thing you baked?
My daughter’s birthday cake in the shape of a 7.

Thing you burnt?
Ridiculous to admit but baked beans. I totally forgot about them.

Time you said sorry?
To my friend for being so late.

Website you bookmarked?
Another Google spreadsheet – we have a lot in the business!

Song you added to a playlist?
I don’t have any playlists. I’m Radio 4 or podcasts.

Person you kissed?
My son.

Travelled by bus?
Last week when running late leaving the office. Usually I’d walk.

Radio station you listened to?
Radio 4.

Time you swore?
About five minutes ago. Very bad habit.

Biscuit you ate?
Custard cream. Retro and very good.

Item of clothing you wore two days running?

Thing you smelt?
This might sound really strange, but some fleeces of wool on a visit to British Wool.

Time you said I love you?
To my son on our walk back from nursery today.

Loving right now…

Beauty Pie’s Superdrops
To make me look a little more fresh.

Rowen and Wren’s armchair in ticking stripes
I really want to replace a sofa in our sitting room with this.

Abe Books for Christmas presents
If I can’t get to a proper bookshop, then this is my go to. 

Petalon flowers
For sending the best bunches to loved ones. They are always my go to – and sadly it’s been one of those years where lots of friends have been going through difficult times. And so while a bunch of flowers can’t change what’s happening, these are always so lovely to receive.

Edit58 paper maché letters
We just did our first collaboration with Lisa at Edit58 and I adore her letters made from paper mache – great additions for children’s bedrooms.

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