Where do you come from? The sunny shores of North Wales, growing up so close to the sea was wonderful. Now I live and run the business from Yorkshire, where the rolling country side makes up for the lack of water!
What do you do in your spare time? I love to travel, European destinations are easy, but long haul is always well worth it for the tropical beaches.
What makes you laugh? My Mum, my husband, my friends and my dog! I’m very lucky! I have the best little Yorkshire Terrier called Nelly, she comes to the office everyday and is an enthusiastic worker!
What would you like to be doing five years from now? Doing exactly what I do now, being the Creative Director of Gillian Weir Ltd. Working closely with my Mum, Gill, my husband Daniel and rest of the team to develop our business even further. Enabling us to reach out to more clients and to grow the business even more.
Where would be your favorite holiday destination and why? Thailand, every time. The waters are clear, the beaches are golden and the food is delicious! The islands are just magical.
What inspires you? My true love is design so I read blogs, visit trade shows, high end stores and small boutiques alike. I’m always looking for interesting, unique and beautiful products, I cant help it! Independent artisan craftspeople are always a treasured find for me!
How long have you worked with the super yacht industry? For four years now, however Mum has been in the industry for around 16 years. Her knowledge is gold! Previous to joining Gillian Weir Ltd. I was a stylist for the fashion and home industry. I was. A Graphic Designer, specialising in packaging and product design for the UK High Street, my accounts included Marks & Spencer, NEXT and Accessorise.
What are your biggest accomplishments? Obtaining my degree, running a successful business with my Mum and watching it grow into what it is today, and of course finding the best husband in the world!
Can you work under pressure? Yes! This is an essential part of the role! The superyacht industry is a demanding one, but I thrive when I’m busy.
What are your pet hates? I don’t think I really have any, I think I’m pretty grounded and am able to deal calmly with most situations.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Beautiful products and professional people!
When did you develop a passion for design? I believe I was born with it … its comes naturally.
What type of reading do you do on a daily basis? Lesley Pearce is my favourite author but I also read Boat International, World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens, Vogue, if I have a minute to myself.
If you could go back and change something related to your education (or your life as a student), what would you change; or what would you do differently? I don’t think I would, I love what I’m doing now and almost everything to do with my education seems to have helped me to be where I am today.
Introducing: Gillian Weir Ltd.
Can you please tell us about Gillian Weir Ltd. – Bespoke Tableware, Linens & Accessories? We specialise in sourcing, supplying and designing interior accessories for Superyachts, private jets and luxury homes. We understand the level of quality, luxury and service required, we provide and advise on all products from tableware, crystal, leather and stationery items to towels, linen and cashmere.
Generally, we work on large new build projects alongside Naval Architects and Interior Designers. We are proud to say that we work with some of the UK’s leading designers and over the last seven years we have worked on many beautiful yachts from 30 to 125 meters in length.
We also work directly with the Stewards/Stewardesses on yachts that have already launched, providing a full support service. With just one phone call or email, we will work tirelessly to find exactly what is required and deliver the product to absolutely anywhere in the world.
When was Gillian Weir Ltd. founded and who are the company directors/ founding members? Gillian Weir Ltd. was founded in 2008 and the Directors are Gill Weir and myself Gemma Weir- Williams.
What is the mission statement from Gillian Weir Ltd. To provide a truly fantastic resource for Stewards/Stewardesses and the Super Yacht Industry as a whole, whether it be a small replenishment order or a full refit. We have vast experience and understanding not just of the quality that is required, but the efficiency and professionalism that is required to support this very unique industry.
What makes your brand so unique and what sets you apart from industry peers? We listen, and we realise the value in this. We understand how busy our clients are, with this in mind we try to make finding the perfect product for them as simple and efficient as possible.