My guest today is described as ‘the mental health spokesperson of our generation’. He’s a ‘fashionpreneur’, public speaker and mental health campaigner. He’s a young man who is known for his incredible honesty and no-filter approach to opening up and discussing his suffering.
In 2014 he founded the award-winning fashion brand ‘Maison de Choup’ out of his severe anxiety and OCD struggles. The brand has been recognised by the likes of Vanity Fair which referred to Maison de Choup as ‘The Fashion Brand with a Mental Health Cause at its Heart’. It also won the British Fashion Start-up Award for such an inspiring story.
Since launching Maison de Choup, my guest has gone on to give public speeches and provide workshops in schools, colleges and universities. Sharing his story about how he started his fashion brand from such a dark, dark place. He tells the story of his battle with severe Anxiety and OCD, not being able to leave his bedroom for 3 years and washing his hands up to 50 times a day. All this, to now running a successful fashion brand.
My guest is incredibly honest about his suffering and urges us all to be more open about our mental health – especially young men.
Today, I was lucky enough to hear about his journey in more detail and share with you what he has learnt along the way.
I was delighted to welcome to the show, George David Hodgson.