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Jamie O’Reilly, Manager at Costa

Jamie kindly spared us some time in between running one of our fave coffee shops to give us some juicy info on life, work and what to wear this winter…

Tell us about your background and how you came to do what you do now.

At school I didn’t enjoy the learning environment and left at the end of my time there feeling quite shy. Coming straight into retail, this all changed and my managers focused on really developing my skills and abilities bringing me to where I am now, as a Manager at Costa at the Fort.

What are you up to now in terms of life and career?

I love to travel and exploring new places. This pushes me to really enjoy life and has encouraged me to try new things. I would love to move into sales one day which would allow me to meet new people and individuals while still loving what I do.

What are your main hobbies and interests?

I’ve been boxing for over 10 years and go to the gym regularly to keep up my fitness. Feeling fit and healthy is very important to me. Music and dance are both things I enjoy, especially when I’m out with friends at weekends. Maybe it’s the Irish genes coming through when I step on the dancefloor, who knows!

What does fashion and style mean to you?

I take a lot of pride in what I wear every day. I like to look good whether that’s down to clothes or accessories, but I also like to make sure that I am comfortable as well first and foremost. Fashion is a great way to express who I am and is also really good fun.

Tell us about your personal fashion choices/style and where you get your inspiration from.

I like a smart casual image and look up to icons such as Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake when choosing my wardrobe. One of my favourite retailers is Topman.

What is your one ‘must-have’ winter fashion staple?

Aside from a very good umbrella (you never know in England!), I have to have a really well-made black wool overcoat.

What does working at the Fort mean to you?

You have everything in one place at the Fort. Everybody knows everyone and there’s a very family friendly environment. Something close to home for me is the fantastic disabled access the Fort offers, which for my mum is very important, when coming to visit.


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