A day in the life of… Marie Dubald, Founder of Jeya Narrative

A day in the life of… Marie Dubald, Jeya Narrative.

This year we’re celebrating the people behind the brands with our new blog series ‘A day in the life of…’ We’ve asked some of the world’s most creative minds right through to the much-loved office dog what it’s like to work for a leading design brand. Read about them now, then meet them at the show this September.

Next up in our new series we interview Marie Dubald, Founder of Jeya Narrative. A good read for anyone looking to start their own brand, Marie shares the first milestone for her business, her reliance on to-do lists and how no two days are ever the same when you’re launching a company!

I wake up at…

7am – mornings are always my most productive times of the day and I like to tick off one or two tasks early in the day for that sense of achievement.

My typical day involves…

M+M according to David Hieatt: balancing ‘Maintenance’ to keep the business going, and ‘Momentum’ to push the brand forward and make it grow. Emails are usually dealt with in the evening. I finish the day meeting friends or contacts, and spreading the word about the brand.

I work best…

On my own, with lots of colourful to-do lists and post-it notes, some tea and the “do not disturb” on, on both my phone and my laptop.

I got into the design industry because…

I enjoy the constant creativity, the flow of energy and how it helps bring out the best in people. It brings people together too and encourages the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Creativity can be applied in so many different ways and no two days are ever the same.

I can’t get through the day without…

Making yet another list and drinking too much tea! And checking Instagram – most definitely my guilty pleasure at the moment, but it’s in the name of research.

My proudest work moment was…

The launch of my website, which marks the very first milestone for my business. I am proud of Jeya Narrative’s vision – it is purpose-driven and personal, a reflection of the world we live in. Now comes the excitement in sharing it.

The most challenging point of my career was…

When I decided to stop full-time work and start my own business. That experience has helped me with the vision of the brand, practicing the push for self-actualisation that I preach. 
The challenge now is to have enough time to bring all the ideas I have to life.

To relax I enjoy…

I love going to the Barbican. Be it to see a play or enjoy music, strolling in the conservatory or sitting by the water, it is a peaceful oasis in the city.
 Music is my escape – electro, jazz or classic hip-hop depending on my mood. Doing DIY, and writing.

When I socialise I like to…

I‘m a bit of a foodie so trying out new places in London, going to a speakeasy for a cocktail or two, or enjoying brunch with friends. Perhaps a picnic in Epping Forest too. I value the time spent with the people closest to me more so than the activity.

My favourite piece of furniture at home is…

The wooden mini-bar I made from scratch – painted with black chalk so friends can write notes on it, with copper handles and feet. Often I quite happily gaze at it from my Eames RAR white rocking chair.

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