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How I make it work: Sophie Macpherson

Sophie Macpherson, 34, is the founder and director of the world’s leading art industry recruitment agency. She runs the Art Market Academy, which advises and helps graduates, and lectures at the Courtauld Institute, Oxford University and UCL. She lives in west London with her husband, Graham Stanton, and their two-month-old daughter, Evie

My success
At 23, with just £5,000 and a phone line in my parents’ garage, I set up a specialist recruitment agency for the art world. I failed my business A-level, can’t use Excel and still struggle with accounts, but I love what I do, and the business has grown as a result. Half-hour power naps are the secret of my success, as I have to get up early to call clients in the Far East.

My home
Our home is a contemporary,  cosy bohemia. My husband is a DJ, but the room that was his DJ booth is now also the nursery — Evie’s cot is at one end, his decks at the other. I’ve painted a huge forest mural on one wall. I love buying art for our home, but I never spend a fortune. I’d advise anyone to browse the Alan Cristea Gallery, the Fine Art Society and Scream gallery.

My mind
After having a baby, I learnt that it is best to ignore what time it is and just do what you need to do, even if it is the middle of the night. Walking is my meditation. I put all my thoughts in boxes, so by the time I get in the door, I’m chilled. I walk from Notting Hill, through the parks, with my two dogs, Little and Patch, to our office in Charlotte Street. In the evening, a big glass of red helps (though not at the moment). Generally I go for a Californian or New Zealand pinot, but I love decanting a decent grand cru to drink with my husband over dinner.

My body
My top skincare recommendation is Chantecaille Flower Harmonising Cream. For my hair, I go to 10500 hairdresser in Westbourne Grove, as the people-watching is so good. I don’t diet — my fridge is full of pineapple chunks, coconut yoghurt, Gü chocolate mousse and breast milk.

My wardrobe
The art world dresses really well — it’s very experimental. I love Liberty, and my favourite labels are Zadig & Voltaire, Sandro and Acne — Acne blouses fitted beautifully when I was pregnant. I have an amazing collection of trainers, to match every occasion. My favourites are my Liberty-print Nike Airs. For Evie, I love Their Nibs and the Stella McCartney baby range.

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