Jewellery designer Sayoko Kobayashi opens up on her life in clothes
What’s the last piece of clothing you bought?
A simple Uniqlo crew neck grey cashmere cardigan.
What are you addicted to buying?
Studying abroad is expensive – but when I was in Japan I was constantly buying shoes and bags. I have almost 100 pairs of shoes at home in Kyoto. Now I only need comfortable shoes like a pair of trainers, and some warm boots or wellies. I’m cured.
Best ever bargain?
A pair of short leather boots I bought while studying in Milan for a year. They were about €40 and the quality is amazing.
Who has great style?
I like Gwyneth Paltrow’s style, especially her casual look from the Nineties.
Name your favourite high street shop.
Biscuit (Edinburgh) and Salvatore + Marie (Milan). They just match my tastes.
Any fashion disasters you’d care to tell us about?
I was waiting for a tram in Kyoto and got the heel of my favourite Georgina Goodman heels stuck in a storm drain. I managed to miss the tram with everyone staring at me, was late to work, and ended up paying a huge amount to have them fixed. That was a disaster.
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?
A reversible silk blouse I bought at Salvatore + Marie in Milan.