Urban Adventurer #02
Richard Gilmore

Richard is COO at Jigsaw clothing and the Shop at Bluebird, responsible for buying and merchandising, QA, production, CSR, IT, supply chain, global business development and product licensing.

Where’s Home?
Crouch End.

What are you working on at the moment?
International growth of our brand mainly across Australia, Europe and USA whilst trying to navigate the fallout from Brexit and all its repercussions.

What’s been the biggest change in London over the past 10 years?
Quality of the food, overall change in confidence
and focus on London as a brand as we became ‘the’ global city post the Olympics, middle age men in lycra on pushbikes.

Recommend something London that’s close to your heart.
Irvin in Crouch end for amazing food and a rock n roll owner, Hampstead Heath for giving me air to breath and space to think for over a quarter of a century, Great Ormond St Hospital for the most life affirming moments you’ll ever experience.

What do you do to switch off?
Most days I get to ride my Guzzi (it clears the mind) or climb a mountain and then have a pint.

If you were London mayor for a day, what would you change?
Ever increasing rent and rates, they will only hurt the independents and smaller businesses and homogenise our city.