The globally renowned designer and entrepreneur talks to Amenities Magazine about her view on amenity kits
As an independent 16-year-old with a relentless passion for design, Kelly Hoppen was given the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. This modest commission not only created a teenage entrepreneur, it kick-started one of the most celebrated and extraordinary careers in the home design industry.
Kelly’s ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. Kelly is honoured to be the recipient of copious design awards and the proudest point in her career to date came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to home interior design.
She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, and aircrafts designing a first class cabin for British Airways a few years ago.
Amenites took the time to interview Kelly about her feeling toward airline amenity kits
Amenities: What do you love in the amenity kits you have received?
Kelly Hoppen: I love when miniature hand creams are included. I find them so useful and often carry them around for use for days after.
Amenities: Do you feel that Airlines work hard enough to create amenities that their passengers need/want?
Kelly Hoppen: Some do and some don’t, you can tell when an airline has made an effort to do market research because thoughtful items you wouldn’t expect are included in their kits.
Amenities: Do you find them aesthetically pleasing?
Kelly Hoppen: I feel that many are generally well designed for their purpose but at the same time amenity kits can be a bit too plain.
Amenities: Have you a favourite amenity kit ?
Kelly Hoppen: No specific amenity kit has left an impression on me in terms of design.
Amenities: With regards to the cosmetics within the kits do you feel that fragrance should be included?
Kelly Hoppen: I see fragrance as a luxury not an essential, so it adds a nice touch to be included.
Amenities: Do you like perfumed products? Or would you prefer unperfumed?
Kelly Hoppen: I personally prefer unperfumed products so that my fragrance is my only scent. Or if it must be perfumed, I like organic type scents.
Amenities: What do you dislike in amenity kits you have received?
Kelly Hoppen: Nothing in particular. I usually just discard anything I don’t use.
Amenities: When travelling what would be your dream amenity kit?
Kelly Hoppen: Other than the usual essentials, it would include a mixture of products by respected brands like Liz Earl face cream, Eight Hour hand cream and lip balm by Rodial
Amenities: What are your travel essentials?
Kelly Hoppen: A good facial cleanser, Bobbi Brown BB Cream spf 35, YSL Opium fragrance, my Amanda Wakeley beach Kaftan, Melissa Odabash bikini and Skinny Tan fake tan and Glow.