Sophie Conran is the only daughter of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and food writer Caroline Conran. Sister to fashion designer Jasper, restaurateurs Tom and Ned and product designer Sebastian, Sophie is married and has two wonderful children.
Sophie left school early and worked through a variety of different jobs including working as an apprentice to Stephen Jones, the couture milliner, working in Jasper’s fashion empire, running a supper club and delving into the world of interior design with various home and retail projects. She has worked as a buyer for both The Conran Shop and the Design Museum’s shop and also set up her own ‘corner shop of the world’, Wong Singh Jones in Notting Hill.
After a couple of years of living and working in Australia, Sophie relocated to Asia and worked as a product developer across a multitude of departments for her brother Jasper. Sophie then returned to the UK and launched Sophie Conran Pies, a gourmet collection of top quality, handmade pies, which won 4 medals at the Great Taste Awards. She also supplied racecourses with her brand ‘Great British Pies’, which led to her debut cookbook ‘Pies’, published in November 2006. This was followed by ‘Easy Pies’ for Marks & Spencer and later ‘Soups and Stews’, published in 2008.
Sophie has also been a contributing editor for Junior, House Beautiful and Institute magazines. She currently has a monthly column for Country Living and often features in the press.
March 2006 saw the launch of Sophie’s hugely successful range with Portmeirion. The range has won many prestigious awards and is now sold in 33 countries with the range continuing to expand. Sophie now works with many amazing companies creating stunning, well-known ranges. She partnered with Arthouse in 2008 to develop a range of wallpapers for B&Q and now also has luxury wallpaper design pattern books. In 2010 she began her relationship with Burgon & Ball and their ever-growing range of garden tools and accessories, and the same year Sophie joined forces with British cutlery manufacturer Arthur Price, with whom she launched her second full range in 2016.