A CONVERSATION WITH SOE
State of Escape's Co-founders chat with us on work, life, and travel.
How did the concept for State of Escape come about?
Can you share what it’s been like to work alongside each other, as friends and also co-owners of a company?
What does a typical day in the SOE offices look like?
As businesswomen and mothers, how do you balance work and family life?
What is your #1 travel destination? What would you pack and why?
BM: Kyoto, Japan. It’s all about design, tradition, the amazing food and lots of walking! I’d recommend packing a wardrobe that is super comfortable yet stylish. Oversized dresses, wide leg pants, linen shirts and sneakers. You’ll never feel out of place walking into a temple or a beautiful restaurant.
DM: California – anywhere on the coast – Malibu, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey and everywhere in between. I love the freedom of the open road and the beautiful coastline. All that open water on one side and then the gorgeous towns, forests and wine country on the other. Fresh air, sunshine and endless ocean views – fantastic memories from my younger days, with the hope to make new ones soon with my husband and kids.
What are your methods for de-stressing? Do you workout? Take a digital detox?
BM: I love to run but horse riding is my sanctuary. I gave up 3 years ago when everything became frantic at work and I’ve just taken it up again. It made me realize how much I’d missed it.
DM: For me its about having time by myself to slow down - long walks with the dog, being out and about near water (hence why we live near the beach), it always drops it down a level and makes me feel calm. I have also just started getting into mediation in the past 6 months and I love it – I was super skeptical but now very impressed and reaping the rewards.
When creating a new product, what is your starting point? Where do you seek inspiration?
BM: The collection has very much been driven by us and how our lives have transitioned over the years. From our children gaining their independence to our extensive travel schedule, where we find our greatest inspiration. We’ve now created a collection of bags that gives our customers the flexibility to tailor what they carry and for any occasion. It’s all about finding beauty in utility, for all of us.
Do you have a style or aesthetic that applies to not only your beautiful range, but also to the way you dress or design your living space?
BM: Simplicity, shape and proportion is always key to the way I dress and design the collection. Nothing overly embellished or complicated. Everything has to serve a purpose. This rule goes out the window with my own home where I love to surround myself with objects that tell a story – this makes my house a home.
DM: Pared back and simplistic. I love to dress up, but the reality is most of my days are spent in the office and then driving my daughters from one activity to another, so its about being practical and comfortable, whilst looking respectable. Denim is my go to a lot of the time. My home is about clean fresh open spaces that link the inside with our outside.
Thank you so much Brig and Des! xx