Friday, June 5

Profile: India Hicks

To simply say that India Hicks possesses a remarkable number of talents and titles would be to state the obvious—television host, mother, model, hotel owner, entrepreneur and author are only but a few. In the past year she has hosted the second season of Bravo's Top Design and launched her second fragrance for Crabtree & Evelyn. But perhaps what impresses me the most is her ability to make it all look effortless.

I am most grateful to Nathan Turner for introducing me to his friend India. I have long been fascinated by India’s innate style and zeal for life. It’s difficult not to be mad about anyone who includes scuba diving, bungee jumping, parachuting, snow skiing, water skiing, running and wake boarding amongst her hobbies.

Born in London, to famed interior decorator David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks, India was named in honour of her grandfather, Lord Mountbatten. Lord Mountbatten was the last Viceroy to India, serving until the country received independence in 1947. Though raised by impressive parents, India has created an amazing portfolio all of her own.

Following school, India backpacked around the world for a year before moving to Boston to take a degree in photography and graduating with honors. She soon caught the eye of Ralph Lauren following a feature in W Magazine, thus giving life to a new career on the other side of the camera.

For the style arbiter and island dweller, the Bahamas has long played a significant role. As a child her father designed a home on the island for family holidays. Now the Bahamas is home for India and her partner David Flint Wood, along with their four children Felix, Amory, Conrad, and Domino.

The family live in a plantation-style oceanfront house called Hibiscus Hill complete with two guesthouses. Inspired by her life and love for the Caribbean, India has created a line of fragrances for Crabtree & Evelyn. Of her most recent fragrance, Island Night, she says, “It captures the essence of twilight in the islands, a mood of barefoot elegance on an evening lit only by the stars and moon.” It sounds just about perfect to these ears.

What inspires your creativity and designs?
Whether you are creating a home, beauty collection or decorating a house you have to find a story. My story comes from my environment and nature. They are always conjuring up moods. And hopefully, incorporating pragmatic design with smart useful solutions to every day concerns, like sandy dogs and hooligan children.

Which talent would you most like to possess?
Susan Boyle’s!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
No longer being the daughter of, the grand daughter of, or the god daughter to...finally being recognized for me: a mother, a model, and designer living a life less ordinary

What is your most prized possession?
My home, Hibiscus Hill, a house filed with love and memories

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Lee Miller: muse, model, photographer, and journalist—enigmatic pioneer, talented, fashionable and strong.

What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
There are four, my children.

Who are your style icons?
My grandmother, Edwina Mountbatten, another fiercely individual women with a huge sense of style, and a charitable heart, and Keith Richards who really doesn’t give a shit!

Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
Christian Louboutin. He would push me to my limit and it would be enormous fun, if he ever bothered to turn up on time.

What books are currently on your bedside table?
Zoe Heller’s first novel Everything You Know. I keep meaning to get started. I worship Zoe and she is a dear friend.

What is your favorite luxury in life?
When the clocks change and you find you have another hour in bed.

Past or present who has most influenced your direction in life?
David, my partner and father of the hooligans, who always allows my motor to be revving. He has opened up my world.

Who would you most like to meet and how would you spend the day?
Gandhi, but not of course when he was standing on his head during a day of silence.

Profile by Ronda Carman


Kelsey B. said...

Love this!! I am a big fan of India's and have been to Harbour Island (not to stay with her) several times. I hope she comes out with another design book soon, I still flip through Island Living all the time!

Anne @ The City Sage said...

What an inspiration India is! I enjoyed reading her thoughts about nature and family--such a loving and generous spirit! And I adore her collection for crabtree and evelyn--so elegant and a beautiful touch of island luxury for us all!

Tamstyles said...

there is something about her style that i just love...i think her domino cover is my fav! she is the designer that i would love to go shopping with! HINT HINT INDIA! Help a sista out!

Kwana said...

Love this profile and her style. She give so much inspiration to aspire to. It's amazing how much she does with such style and grace.

A Day That is Dessert said...

beautiful interview of a beautiful person!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Great profile and I love her comment about Keith Richards! So true. Thanks ALL THE BEST!

Ideezine said...

Great interivew, we learn just enough about others through blog interviews don't we. Just perfect, well done!


pve design said...

One can see the importance of influence as well as the genes attributing to formidable lives. Her children will no doubt inherit greatness.

Karena said...

India Hicks is indeed a style icon and what talent and beauty. Ronda, terrific profile.

Brillante Home Decor said...

India has chosen to live a life projected into the future, filled with creativity, values, fun and love instead of just inheriting the past. Great example.

Allie in G'town said...

Those photo's are beautiful. And to steal a quote from one of my witty readers, "I would follow India Hicks off a cliff..."

Blushing hostess said...

Seriously. If that collaboration ever did come together it might make his stuff wearable for me again...

annechovie said...

I really enjoyed India's profile, Ronda. Living in Florida, I can easily appreciate her tropical lifestyle. I love her innate sense of style and simple beauty. She is stunning and her children are adorable.

jae said...

long been an admirer. she has a way of achieving what she wants to without losing her appreciation for beauty and the simple things in life. another great interview, ronda.

Meade Design Group said...

I really like how down to earth India Hicks is and also I find very admirable the fact that she has made a name on her own and her strong family values.

Very inspiring interview!

red ticking said...

love india and as she says... she should stand alone. and not be known as "the daughter of", "the grand daughter.of".. she has earned everything she has. she seems like a lovely, real person. wonderful post as always ronda...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Interesting interview of a charming person. I have always loved her face.

anna said...

this was a great little read. thank you for sharing this!

Pink Wallpaper said...

she's one lucky duck! great to learn more about India!

Paul Pincus said...

love her. such an inspiration and such a beauty!