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Jetsetting with TheOutnet.com’s Stephanie Phair

Singapore — Stephanie Phair is one tough cookie. We know this because before she was Managing Director of TheOutnet.com, a division of Net-A-Porter.com, she survived working alongside Anna Wintour as part of the marketing team at American Vogue.

Stephanie Phair, Managing Director of TheOutnet.com.

Stephanie Phair, Managing Director of TheOutnet.com.

Singapore — Stephanie Phair is one tough cookie. We know this because before she was Managing Director of TheOutnet.com, a division of Net-A-Porter.com, she survived working alongside Anna Wintour as part of the marketing team at American Vogue.

Phair’s success story started right after she graduated from Oxford University and backpacked around the world for a year. From her first job with a small PR firm in New York, she’s now tasked with creating an almost entirely new brand of luxury shoppers, and has successfully made TheOutnet.com the website to go to for international labels at discounted prices.

With 2013 coming to an end, Phair looks back on her company’s Global Fashion Award for best e-store, and forward to a long beach vacation.

 

Q: What do you enjoy about travelling?

A: I enjoy the complete change of scenery, even if it isn’t a restful break. Being in an entirely new part of the world — and out of my day-to-day routine — is something I’ll never tire of. I also love the people I meet when travelling. I had an I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! moment during my stay at a longhouse with the chief of a tribe in Borneo. He offered me a delicacy cooked in vine leaves — a sago worm!

 

Q: Where do you normally travel for business? What’s the main difference in business cultures around the world?

A: I mainly travel to our offices in New York and Shanghai, and to TheOutnet.com’s most prominent markets, which include Singapore, France, Germany, Australia and the Middle East. What I notice the most is how people in different countries consume online information.

 

Q: Do you have any tips for looking presentable yet staying comfortable while travelling

for business?

A: I carry Lucas’ Papaw Ointment with me everywhere and use it as lip balm on the plane. I always apply a lot of moisturising cream to my face — it is incredible how quickly your skin dries out! I always wear plain, comfortable clothes that I feel good in. A pair of black skinny jeans and a cashmere jumper with ballet flats are my go-to pieces when travelling. My top tip for overcoming jet lag is to adjust your watch the minute you are airborne and force yourself to stop thinking about the time at the country you departed from.

 

Q: Where do you like to travel to for leisure and why?

A: The type of vacation I choose depends entirely on the amount of time I am able to go away for. I love an adventure further afield if I’m lucky enough to have two to three weeks away, but a city break is great for a three-day vacation. I try to get to the beach once a year to indulge in pure relaxation.

 

Q: Which country has left the greatest impression on you?

A: I used to work for a Japanese brand and got to travel to the country a lot. I found it to be one of the most unique places in terms of culture, language and the way the people interact with one another.

 

Q: What is the best way to delve into a local culture to experience it?

A: Go off the beaten track and dine in one of the local restaurants.

 

Q: What is your most treasured souvenir?

A: A rice statue I bought in Borneo — it was the first trip my husband and I took together.

 

Q: Rounding up the year, what was the last place you visited that took your breath away?

A: The West Coast of the United States. I’d forgotten just how amazing California really is!

Jeremy Gopalan

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