Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings, JLB Brands t/a Olivia Burton
Having met on their first day at the London College of Fashion, Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings went onto enjoy successful careers in buying for companies like Selfridges and ASOS before joining forces in business. When they couldn’t find a watch that fulfilled their need for style, they decided to design their own under the brand Olivia Burton, taking inspiration from vintage and catwalk to create a collection described as “distinctive, contemporary and fun”. Their iconic Woodland collection is inspired by the beautiful English countryside and features hand drawn illustrations of owls and butterflies.
Despite a highly competitive marketplace and sector, Olivia Burton’s profits have grown thanks to strong relationships with retailers such as Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Topshop and ASOS, where it outsold Michael Kors. It exports internationally to 11 countries with global sales accounting for over 10% of the annual turnover and plans to further growth to Australia, Europe and the US.