Tania McNab is founder and CEO of La Maison Couture, a contemporary fine jewellery boutique.
Here she chats with PJ about her three decades in jewellery, the importance of a good coffee in the morning and the difficulty in switching off at the end of the day.
How many years have you worked in the jewellery sector and how did you get into the industry?
I have worked in luxury retail for more than 30 years, buying fashion and jewellery for stores such as Browns, Joyce, Harvey Nichols and Harrods before launching LMC. Six years ago I decided I should focus specifically on ethical jewellery.
What’s your most memorable moment in the industry to date?
Nadja Swarovski hosted a cocktail event in Paris to launch Atelier Swarovski’s lab-grown fine jewellery collection by Penelope Cruz.
My husband and I spontaneously took the Eurostar to attend. It was very glamorous event, stunning location and a magical summer’s evening.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Switching off at the end of the day, at the weekend or even when on holiday.
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
Discovering new designers. The jewellery industry attracts some of the most talented, creative and genuinely inspiring individuals in the world – creating exquisite jewellery pieces with extraordinary stories to tell. Supporting emerging brands is one of the most rewarding things I do.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
My day always starts with a coffee at my desk while I check my emails, WhatsApp messages and Insta before commencing the day ahead.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t look for the challenge in an opportunity; always look for the opportunity in the challenge.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I am addicted to honey and have recently started beekeeping. They are extraordinary creatures.
If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
I would buy an oriental retreat in Thailand where I would holiday with family and friends.
If you could invite three people to a dinner party, who would they be?
In another life… Audrey Hepburn, David Bowie and Alexander (Lee) McQueen.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love spending time with family and friends at the weekend and like to entertain. I like to cook with fresh ingredients from the garden so grow my own. When not working in the garden, I am progressing our ongoing house project!
Which other company or brand (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Selfridges has made change in-store and online by understanding their customer and employees and by being relevant.
I admire its sustainability ethos tackling one of the most important challenges of our time – we are thrilled to be part of the Selfridges ‘Project Earth’ initiative online.
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
It has been a joy to have my daughter home from university for such a long period due to the pandemic. She has a fabulous sense of humour – she makes me laugh out loud every day.