we recently took the opportunity to visit meredith o'shaugnessy in her new london-based events space. meredith is an entrepreneur, founding two brands: the experiential agency and beautiful macaron business, oh la la!
read on to read our q&a with meredith.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started Oh La La?
I have always been fascinated by macarons, that such small sweets are so versatile with their endless colours and flavours. One day I tried to make them myself and it was a total disaster. As an immersive experiential designer, I am used to challenges and solving problems and I decided I would not be defeated by a macaron. in 2013 I set out to learn the tricks of French pâtissiers and the secrets behind the perfect macaron. I set up Oh La La! Macarons, and launched the world’s first “Macaron and Martini” workshops to show them how. I haven’t looked back since!
Over the years I have flown to New York to make macarons for a Manolo Blahnik fashion show, I have hand-delivered macarons to Paris and displayed my macarons next to Vivienne Westwood’s bridal couture collection. It’s amazing how far a little macaron can take you.
What or who inspires you in your role as a business owner?
I am inspired by all the woman around me setting up their own businesses, being brave to step out on their own and take chances. I am so excited to open up Oh La La! Macaron HQ and photography studios in Central London where woman in business can host events bringing inspirational woman together. It’s our new Oh La La! hub of activity and will help spread the joy to the business women of the future.
Which was your favourite piece to wear from our collection, and how did it make you feel?
The peckham rye co-ord
is very me - easy to wear but so chic! I can just throw it on at the start of a busy day and feel put together, whatever the day may throw at me.
What are you doing to live more consciously day to day?
Here at Oh La La! we are on a zero-food waste and low plastic mission, to eliminate all single used plastics in our kitchens. For our production process we source locally wherever possible. On a personal mission I’ll always try and walk between meetings and don’t own a car - I am getting my step count up and it’s good for the planet!