Leah Abbott is the Bristol-born stylist and image curator responsible for Jorja Smith's iconic wardrobe. Her talents also take her in front of the camera, where she's appeared in a number of music videos and modelling campaigns. Leah's versatile style makes her a strong female force on London's street-fashion scene.
What was it that got you into what you do now?
I was in my second year of studying English Language at university and hating it. I was starting to worry about what I was going to do when I left because my heart wasn't in it. I'd always been into shopping and thrifting from a young age, finding pieces that other people didn't have, and people would ask me about what I was wearing. I then discovered that there was such thing as a stylist, so I found an established stylist on Instagram and sent her a DM asking if I could help her out whilst I was at uni. From that, I became her assistant and learnt everything from there.
What is it about you that has turnt this passion into a career?
It's the fear of being in a repetitive job that my heart is not connected to. The thought of doing the same thing over and over and having the same hours scares me. So, it makes me work harder.
What would you like to achieve for the future?
I want to explore juggling more clients. I work specifically with Jorja Smith at the moment and it's so much work; I can't imagine what it's like having 3 or 4 clients that rely on you. I'd like to push myself and see if I can do that.