International Women's Week - Emma Weaver, Founder of Palais Flowers

 

Get to know Emma Weaver, founder of Palais Flowers...

What three words best describe you? 
Creative, driven, intuitive

How did Palais come about?
I always knew I wanted to run my own business so starting up didn’t seem like a big deal. I’ve always been freelance so there wasn’t anything holding me back in terms of job security, it all felt very natural. I studying floristry for two weeks at an old flower school in London then I started telling everyone I was a florist and gradually built up to a VERY full time job.

What is your favourite part about your job?
Flowers! And thinking about colour all day long!

What does it mean to be a woman today?
I’m still figuring that out...

The campaign for this International Women’s Day is #Balanceforbetter, what steps do we all need to take to see a more gender-balanced world?
Calling out gender disparity at every step.

If you could pick any woman in history to talk to, who would you pick?
Rosa Parks.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

What piece of advice would you like to give to young girls?
Don’t always say yes. Support one another. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

You’re hosting a dinner party for your female idols – who‘s at the top of your guest List?
Sharmadean Reid.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I struggle to sit still long enough to be able to read properly so it's not really a big thing for me at the moment.

The last book I read was “Why I’m No Long Speaking To White People About Race” by Renni Edo- Lodge. A must read for anyone living in the UK.

Where is your oasis in busy London?
The spa! I’m slowly working my way through London’s spa scene... Top of the list is Porchester Spa at the mo.

Where is the most unusual place you’ve found inspiration?
Asleep.

What is your favourite thing about working in London?
The cultural diversity and being so close to Europe.

Are you a quiet night in or big night out kind of lady?
Out!

Is there a smell that holds significance to you or reminds you of a particular point in your life?
The smell of garden roses reminds me of discovering the wonder of flowers.

What do you want a fragrance to express about you?
Sweet at first, with a lasting punch.

Find out more about Emma and her studio, Palais Flowers on her website