Rory Dobner

Claire Dobner, Director, Rory Dobner, Brand of Tomorrow 2017

Rory Dobner aims to put a little piece of England in homes across the world. Their mission is to provide luxurious and unique home accessories which add style and quirkiness to any room of any home in any country. Rory hand draws each playfully eccentric original Intricate Ink Illustration in his Hampstead studio and each design is then applied to a wide range of beautiful homewares which are all made in England including exquisite fine bone china pieces such as plates, cake stands and teapots through to cushions, candles and coasters.

Claire Dobner runs the Rory Dobner business, and provides her insights here.

In order to be a successful luxury entrepreneur what are three pieces of advice you would give?

Love what you do passionately.

Never compromise.

It’s a 24 hour business.

What are the most important lessons you have learned along your journey?

Trust your instinct.

Don’t rely on other people.

Build a fantastic team.

What are the watch outs along the way?

Don’t get distracted – keep focused on your plan.

Make sure your financials are in order.

Make sure you don’t lose your work life balance especially if you have small children.

When you were started out who was your biggest inspiration? And what did they tell you that helped make you a success?

Michelle Alger at Liberty who was the buyer at the time. She took the time to train me in principals of product design and time to be a friend.