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Nayna McIntosh, Founder, Hope

| 9 August 2022

Nayna McIntosh brings Hope – both literally and metaphorically – to women and the fashion industry. After a high flying career that took in some of fashion retail’s biggest brands from Next to George at ASDA and Marks & Spencer, McIntosh took a step back at the age of 50 and decided to establish her own brand.

Hope, named after Nayna’s mother, is unapologetically aimed at women in the 50-plus market who have been neglected by mainstream retailers but who still want stylish, comfortable clothing that works for their bodies and lifestyles.

Nayna’s former boss at Marks & Spencer, Lord Stuart Rose, is one of the brand’s high profile backers and now, as Nayna, hits 60 she has decided not to slow down, as many her age would, but to speed up. She’s looking to raise £1m to expand the business in the UK and internationally, so that she can bring Hope to women on a global scale.

In this episode of the In Conversation podcast, she tells Lauretta Roberts - Editor in chief of, the fascinating back-story of her life and career, how she took the bold step into entrepreneurialism at a relatively late stage in her career, and why now, at the point when most of us would be thinking of retiring, she’s still got the energy, drive and ambition to take her business on to greater heights.

Our Podcast series "In Conversation" brings you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from fashion's most influential business leaders. You can also listen to our podcast series via Apple, Spotify and Amazon Podcasts. 

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