A few weeks back I went out for dinner and a catch up with my friend Tom. We hadn’t seen each other in a few months and he wanted to hear all about our journey starting up on our own. I talked him through how the business was going, particularly how much we were enjoying our blogging, being able to hero other amazing entrepreneurs and start-ups doing things differently.
That was when he said we had to feature fashion brand, King’s Ransom London. Tom met Meghan, one of the co-founders, at his last creative agency where she worked full-time in production. As well as loving her sassy personality and attitude, he was also massively complimentary about Meghan and her business partner Komali’s work ethic and brand ethos. They had set-up and ran a clothing business as a sideline to their 9-5 jobs and had an ambitious vision to change the face of London’s street style.
Having now met with the ladies I could instantly see why Tom would want to introduce us. Their drive, determination and wisdom is incredible to see at such a young age and I am in awe of everything they have achieved so far. The confident way they talked about their business reminded me why I love this part of my job – being able to showcase fresh new talent doing things differently. I have no doubt that they will build a clothing empire and a movement that will empower the younger generation. Is that enough of a reason to call them #GirlsDoneGood? I think so.
How long have you been freelance/working for yourself #goingsolo?
Komali: We started King's Ransom in late 2013. We'd sat for years at Meghan's kitchen table plotting about how we'd make our millions. Meghan had toyed with the idea of starting up an online magazine and I'd been making tops, sweatshirts and dresses for myself and friends so the idea to start a brand together seemed to make sense.
Meghan: I think King’s Ransom really started late 2013 when we chose the name. If I’m remembering correctly it was the second name on Komali's list and when she read it out, I just knew that was the one. It spoke to me and I could visualise, right then and there, how the brand would look and feel. I also wanted to incorporate the word “London” because it was such a massive part of our brand ethos and values and King’s Ransom London was born. Its name strong like bull!
Describe what you do in five words... GO
Meghan: ambitious, fulfilling, authentic, inclusive, creative
Komali: Warm, dynamic, considerate, tenacious and wordy
What made you decide to take the plunge?
Meghan: The King’s Ransom brand was the perfect way to blend our ideas. My background is in film and I’m obsessed with producing something creative and quality right through from an original concept to delivering the final output. I felt that real quality fashion film was being overlooked by smaller brands and they weren’t focusing on the craft and message. This is integral to King’s Ransom, and I think people have been surprised by our professionalism across the board; particularly on our shoots and with the high caliber of our film, something I'm really proud of. Coupled with Komali's unrivalled grasp of the English language and artistic flare, it was a no brainer for me so it never felt like ‘taking the plunge’, it was complete logic.
Komali: It was a creative outlet for both us where we could play to our strengths and also create something we felt was missing from the London scene. Meghan's background in production and film was the perfect way to translate our creative ideas into fashion film which a lot of our peers weren't doing.
What’s the best bit about being your own boss?
Meghan: Simply that you're in charge of your own destiny and that a concept that you have created can be portrayed exactly how you have envisioned it. There are really no limitations on us creatively and that’s something that's really important to me.
Komali: I love being in charge! We dictate the vision, the team, everything. I don't have to think about being diplomatic when I think something's not a good idea.
What’s the biggest pain in the arse?
Komali: Having to rely on other people. I wish we could clone ourselves! It makes you wish that you could be everywhere at the same time - be the photographer, the suppliers etc. You always feel that as much support as people show you - they don't love your baby as much as you. So the struggle to find the right people for each job is an endless one!
Meghan: Yeah definitely it does my nut in! Also people's egos - I think that it’s really important to not take yourself too seriously. Ambition is everything but stepping on people on the way up or just being too self-absorbed is a big no, they don’t last long around us.
What’s the grand plan/big idea?
Meghan: I could probably write a whole book on just this one question as there is so much I want us to do and achieve! I think ultimately I would love to just expand on what we have created so far and to be able to take care of those who have taken care of us.
Komali: We want to expand King's Ransom into a revered and well respected brand and continue to grow it to encompass the many passions and Meghan and I have.
What’s the best bit of advice you could give someone about to #gosolo?
Meghan: Don’t be arrogant enough to believe you can do everything on your own, it takes an army. I’m very grateful that when we need them, we have our King's Ransom team and our own families.
Komali: Don't think about failing, think about how much you love what you're doing and the rest will fall into place.
Where do you get your inspiration from? (person, place, action)
Komali: I draw much of my inspiration and confidence from my parents. They have the utmost faith in me whatever I choose to do. They're also super creative too and have had an amazing life of working in the music industry; doing events and ventures together. The stories alone spur me on!
Meghan: I think my inspiration comes from my parents, from their drive and business minds. The adversity they've faced and we have faced as a family and how they powered on through. Giving up hasn’t been an option. You keep pushing and try to not look back. My sister once told me nostalgia is a liar, it’s so funny and so true. I take a lot of inspiration from her. I've always taken my job as a big sister very seriously, I think that might be largely where my drive stems from too.
If we could give you one thing right now (not a wad of cash) that would help your business out the most, what would it be?
Both: Exposure. People love the brand when they see it but it's difficult in the dense sea of social media and short attention spans to find all the hidden gems.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing - discuss.
Komali: Hindsight is overrated, it's great for evaluating past decisions but we only have the here and now; so live, learn and keep it moving.
Meghan: It is if you choose to learn from it, the mistake is sometimes more important you can’t have one without the other it's there to learn from. If something isn’t working take a change of direction give yourself a moment to evaluate but don’t give up.
What’s your favourite quote to live/work by?
Meghan: I love it when my mum says “Whit’s Fur Ye’ll No Go By Ye” (“What’s for you won’t go by you”) In a really Scottish accent it makes me laugh every time and it's very true!
Komali: Ride or die. It sums up our friendship to a tee. No pun intended!
To find out more about King’s Ransom or purchase something to enhance your style then visit their website.
Also a massive thank you to our pal Tom Edwards for introducing us!