While expanding Aesop, one of the reasons the brand was so successful was getting the right partner when the business needed it.
In 2008 our partnership with Ritu David was very important to us. One of the things I was focused on as a CEO was how to stretch our current resources as far as they can go,
and getting the right partner was key for that.
As a CEO you don’t realise sometimes how restricted your thinking becomes. Ritu came in with what was then called Red Teaming and is now called Design Thinking. We worked on our brand proposition, goal and visual assets. We decided our love for literature needed to be part of our brand experience.
If I was to give any advice, it would be that in a high-growth phase the fewer areas that CEOs and senior management can split their attention the better. Getting a luxury connoisseur like Ritu really helps - trusted outside perspective to lead change.