This month Society Marbella interviews fashionista Marbeth Gray, the Director of Simply Love Designer, a shopping destination for designer goods without the designer price tag, as safe and satisfying as buying new.
I have always loved... fashion and have been lucky enough to attend the London and Paris fashion weeks on many occasions. It is an experience not be missed and is probably where my love of designer accessories stemmed from. Although my passion lies in the fashion industry, I’m actually from a legal background and worked in the City of London for many years.
I decided to launch Simply Love Designer because... I had an accident a few years ago and I decided to take life a bit easier. I wanted to do something that I was very knowledgeable about and that I would really enjoy. I have a lot of friends working in the world of fashion and, of course, living in London means designer labels and fashion are hard to avoid. I don’t think I have ever met a woman who doesn’t love handbags. The great thing about a handbag is that it doesn’t matter if you put on or lose weight, a handbag will still always look fabulous on you. That’s why we don’t mind spending a little extra on them. I originally started Simply Love Designer in London and, due to its success, I then expanded to my homeland, Ireland.
I love Marbella and... I spend a large amount of time here. After seeing a gap in the market, I decided to launch Simply Love Designer here. Marbella is a very glamorous, cosmopolitan place where people appreciate fashion so I knew there would be an interest in what I had to offer. My company is really split between London and Marbella, as the main part of the company is still in London. I am constantly travelling between the two; I regularly hold events in London as I have a large client base there.
Simply Love Designer offers... a wide range of services. You can purchase pre-loved designer hand bags and accessories in perfect condition from leading brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry etc. We also sell designer items for clients who have fallen out of love with their accessories. We, of course, offer total discretion at all times. With many years of experience in this industry, I believe we are perfectly placed to give our customers a real alternative to buying new and to offer the best prices to clients selling their items.
I launched my Wish List service so... that clients could give me their details for our database which lists the designer items they would love to own - this is what I call our Wish List. We then use our worldwide contacts to source these items for the client. When a desired item comes in, we contact the client and give them first refusal.
I will be organising... regular events where my clients will be invited to see all the current stock discuss wish list items and enjoy an evening with like minded fashionistas. I will be linking the events to charities close to my heart and a donation will go to one of them at each event.
We also offer... quite a large selection of designer accessories. These include jewellery, wallets, purses, stoles, belts, scarves, bag charms, limited edition items etc. all top quality and in pristine condition. SLD isn’t just for the ladies, we have a large stock of items for our male clients as well.
My favourite designer items are... a Chanel 2.5 I got for my 30th birthday, my lovely Louis Vuitton Graffiti stole and my Vuitton agenda which I have had for years and still use every day - I could go on and on!
In my spare time... I enjoy having quiet dinners with friends and love walking with my dogs. I also like to travel.
What’s next for Simply Love Designer?... I am planning something special at Christmas and there will be a lot of special things happening in the near future. I have been surprised at how well Simply Love Designer has been received already so hopefully next year will see us going from strength to strength. simplylovedesigner.com
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bandoleer
RRP €790 Our Price €490
Louis Vuitton Gamble Silver Light from the Seasonable collection. Bracelet and Earrings with LV engraved on each cube and Swarovski crystal stones.
RRP €580 Our Price €295
Louis Vuitton limited edition handbag from the Catwalk collection
RRP €2500 Our Price €1295