CEO | Beaumont Organic
Hannah is the Founder and CEO of Beaumont Organic, an international ethical women's wear brand that combines classic style with a contemporary twist. This luxury clothing company has a mission to design and create 'Contemporary Conscious Clothing' responsibly using luxury fabrics for the modern woman.
Raised by two ambitious and loving parents, Hannah’s journey as a young adult began with a gap year at the age of 18. Having battled dyslexia throughout school and working hard to secure straight As and A*s in her GCSEs and A-Levels, she needed a break from academia before starting university and her dream was always to travel. So began her biggest adventure to date: a four-month visit to Taveuni, Fiji, where she lived as a local, teaching at a small island school. Leaving her pampered home life to share living quarters with rats, cockroaches and lizards was quite a culture shock! No sign of an en-suite; just an outdoor cold tap for a shower and the washing machine was a bucket! Nothing was going to faze her, though. This was an experience she had dreamt of since her early teens, and despite – or even because of – all the challenges she faced there, Hannah spent a very happy four months on the island.
At school, she learned that you can do anything if you work hard enough. In Fiji Hannah’s values expanded; the trip made her realise that anything can be achieved as long as you believe in what you are doing and are determined. Hannah certainly encountered challenges as an entrepreneur and found that she needed to be resilient, headstrong and focused.
The company started with 8 organic cotton ecru T-shirts and just Hannah, running about designing, selling, buying, marketing… you name it, she did it. The company is now selling in 12 countries, with a team of staff in Manchester, a flagship concept store in Manchester and an online store with a database of over 65,000 customers who resonate with and support their vision.
Hannah had a love of fashion from an early age and, by her early teens, had also developed an entrepreneurial flair by making handbags for a local boutique. As her confidence as a seamstress grew, she went on to create many outfits and designed and produced a very special creation for her own 21st birthday party.
Hannah says, “Fashion is a way for me to release my creativity freely. My choices may not always appeal to the masses but that’s what style is all about – creating your own unique identity that is recognisable. For me, clothes need to look effortless and, most importantly, make you feel good wearing them.
In 2008, Beaumont Organic was born from her love of fashion and a lack of organic and ethical contemporary clothing in the market. Hannah knew from a young age that she had her own voice and that she wanted it to be heard in the wider world. Beaumont Organic became that voice; it allowed her to combine her creativity and business sense in an authentic way, because I created a product I believed in, that I knew inside out and was passionate about.”
Hannah approaches living in a much more conscious way by choosing to shop locally for groceries, ethically for clothes, organically for skincare, and, when in doubt about a product, she asks questions.
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I am hugely inspired by self-development books/audios. I'm a big believer in the book The Secret (I love that book) and many of Gabrielle Bernstein's books. I also love Jen Sincero and Oprah Winfrey.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."