Rachael Wood is a co-founder of the British luxury knitwear brand, Chinti & Parker (@chintiandparker). Since 2009, they have been supplying the great and the good with timeless wardrobe staples as well as joyful, seasonal, statement pieces.

Rachael Wood of Chinti & Parker

The brand is about to launch its first summer basics edit, featuring lightweight jumpers, airy dresses, cool tanks and comfortable shorts in a new cotton and linen mix. Each piece comes in a fresh palette of black, grey, green and white, with a clean stripe or two thrown in. Here, Rachael tells us what makes for a life well-lived.

How did you come to set up Chinti & Parker?

My co-founder, Anna Singh, and I are cousins with a similar aesthetic. We saw a gap in the market for playful knitwear, made in a mindful way, and launched the brand in 2009.

Where did the name come from?

The name comes from our great-grandparents, Chinti (she) and Parker (he), and we felt it was a fitting tribute to our Indian heritage.

What are you wearing today?

Black Cropped Cashmere Sweater
Of course I am wearing Chinti & Parker, which I do every day. It’s still cold so I am wearing our Cropped Cashmere in black. I am teaming it with some recycled denim by Arket and Adidas Gazelles. Relaxed and comfortable but still ‘put together’.

Do you prefer pottering around the house or pottering in the garden?

Weather permitting, the garden.

Which excites you most: breakfast, lunch or supper?

My friends will tell you that I am a huge foodie. I would always go for a long lunch if I could choose.

Do you prefer to work from home or in an office?

I am far more productive in the office and think it’s essential for leading a team.

What book or books are on your bedside table?

The Shadow Of The Wind
I am a terrible reader since having kids. I have several half-read books on the go. The current victim is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

What is the last thing you bought?

A leather phone case with a body strap. I was constantly losing my phone around the office, home, etc. Problem solved!

Which beauty product couldn’t you live without?

I am pretty low maintenance. However, I would go with a Sarah Chapman face oil and a hair product like Moroccan Oil. My hair is pretty wild without applying hair oil daily.

Describe your favourite piece of jewellery

I am so lucky to own a beautiful Jessica McCormack necklace, which is the most special piece and was given to me for my 40th birthday by my mum.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

HOLIDAY - Sri Lanka
We just came back from Sri Lanka, which was very special, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere different with a lot of spirit.