Taking 10 with...Debbie Leon

Taking 10 with...Debbie Leon

Sunday 24th June 2018

By Michelle Hammond

Q1 - How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards business?

The biggest influence on my work ethic and attitude to business comes from my first work experiences. I started my career in the film industry and worked as a freelance costume designer for twelve years.  In that time I the learnt the value of team work, flexibility and ethical practice, which enable you to build a great reputation and it is this that ensures your continued employment as a freelancer.  The practices I learnt during this early part of my career have informed my attitude towards business. 

Q2 - What do you believe the principles of a successful business are today?

I believe that business success in 2018 is dependent on your ability to change and adapt to new situations.  The world moves much faster and this constantly challenges us to learn new things and be able to evaluate and introduce them into our business practice. 

Q3 - Looking back, what was your best business decision?

Taking on the Q hotels project and partnering with the owners of this hotel group between 2004 and 2009 to deliver a new image, roll out the new uniform programme to 23 hotels and set up their stock room systems. Many of the systems we developed to service this are still of benefit of today. 

Q4 - Who has influenced you the most through your career?

I've had various mentors along the way, both personally and professionally, but the largest influencer on my thinking has been my husband Charles Leon who is a designer and writes about creative thinking. 

Q5 - What was your most difficult business decision?

My worst business decision probably was not realising the full impact of one item in the small print of a contract. 

Q6 - What would you say was the single most advantageous character trait for success?

Tenacity.

Q7 - What happens when you’re stressed or overwhelmed?

If I am stressed I have to talk about it and find some positive action to deal with the problem. When I am overwhelmed, I make a priority list focus on doing one thing at a time. 

Q8 - How do you invest in your own wellbeing. How do you look after yourself?

Eat well, try to sleep a minimum of 7 hours per night, exercise regularly, have plenty of hot baths and have regular massages. 

Q9 - If you could change one thing about the spa and wellness industry what would it be and why?

I really like working in the spa and wellness industry and don't wish to change it. 

Q10 - Finally, What’s your favourite quote?

The devil is always in the detail...

FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION

1.What’s your favourite film of all time?

Cabaret

2. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken?

The Alps in Summer. 

3. Your go to drink is?

Definitely a good cup of tea. 

4. Your favourite sweet treat is?

A good strawberry tart - which I only indulge in once or twice a year.

5. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent?

Lemon grass.

6. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why?

Massage - preferably with essential oils because it affects all the senses and has huge benefits for body and mind. 

7. You want to sleep deeply, what do you do?

Listen to Radio 4 - not to active a debate. 

8. You want to energise fast, what do you do?

I am generally energised. 

9. What makes you laugh to your belly?

My children. 

10 .What’s your favourite season?

Summer

11. What’s your favourite colour?

Purple

12. Your favourite time of day is?

Evening -  Sunset

13. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be?

I am happy with who I am.

14. What’s your current TV guilty secret?

I love The Good Fight. 

15. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it?

Illustrator and Photoshop so I wouldn't need to ask my staff how to do more complex things. 

Debbie Leon is the owner and managing director of London based Fashionizer & Fashionizer Spa. The company designs and manufactures uniforms for luxury spas and hotels. With an award winning track record since 1984 and focusing on garments  made from sustainable, natural and organic fibre, Fashionizer Spa offers Cotton, Linen and Bamboo Uniforms with Antimicrobial "silver" finish as well as a new "Hydrophobic" fabric made from recycled bottles for use in water treatment spas. 

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