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The trouble is that now Hugo [her husband] says that it has ruined me for life because every other hotel is now a disappointment,” she laughs. Along with Mr & Mrs Smith, last year also saw the designer partner with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter on a bridal capsule collection, encompassing robes, camisoles, pyjamas and chemises in Italian silk and finished with ivory lace. She also offers bespoke commissions to clients, including monogramming pieces courtesy of embroiderers Hand & Lock and a made-to-measure service. Travel is a huge inspiration for von Halle, as highlighted by the most recent Marrakech collection, which captures Morocco’s exoticism. Always ready for a new adventure, next on her holiday bucket list is South America, particularly Brazil’s vibrant capital São Paulo and Cartagena in Colombia. Her suitcase essentials include an Alessandra Rich dress (“in case I meet someone fabulous, which never happens,” she laughs), white Superga flatforms and, of course, her Missy tracksuit and eye mask for the plane journey. Having recently given birth to her son Hieronymus (Hiero for short), 33-year-old von Halle is for the moment very content at home in Marylebone with him, her husband and their dog Bathtub. With her studio just down the road, it means that she can call up her nanny to bring Hiero round when she misses him, which she tells me as a first-time mum is a godsend. “Having that flexibility is amazing,” she says. “My friends who are hotshot lawyers are now having to go back to work full-time and so only get to see their kids at the weekends, and that’s tough.” Von Halle’s journey to success has been fairly plain sailing. In just five years, the brand has received several accolades for its design and craftsmanship, including Walpole’s Brand of Tomorrow in 2013 and The Leap 100 fastest growing and most exciting businesses in the UK. The company is reportedly expanding at a rate of 50 per cent a year and is currently stocked in some of the most prestigious retailers, including Harrods, Moda Operandi and Bergdorf Goodman. Having come on in leaps and bounds, I for one cannot wait to see what von Halle has up her tracksuit sleeve next. Missy tracksuits, from £950, oliviavonhalle.com THIS IMAGE: REMY RASPBERRY SILK NIGHTDRESS, £310, FROM THE MARRAKECH COLLECTION LEFT: MISSY TRACKSUIT, IMAGE CREDIT: JAMES WRIGHT

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