1st August 2017
The McQueens Story
McQueens was set up in 1991 by Kally Ellis after she had a particularly vivid dream. To the shock and dismay of many around her, she left the security of a well-paid City career to take up the call of floristry, an industry in which she had little experience. The steep learning curve got a little bit loftier on day one when a ‘red route’ was placed outside the florist shop she had just bought. The biting recession of the early 1990’s also took its toll and there were numerous challenges along the way. Fast forward 26 years and McQueens is the go-to florist in the concierge and hotel world, employing a team of over 45, with a reputation all over the world. We spoke to McQueens founder Kally to find out how it all began
How did you arrive at flowers as a career?
Via a circuitous route. Out of university, I began my career in the marketing department of a French bank – I’d studied languages and that seemed an obvious thing to do. But I’ve always loved art and loved studying art at school, and after a while, I realised it was the artistic side of my nature that was deeply unsatisfied. Then I had a dream one night – literally – where I had my own flower shop and I woke up feeling incredibly happy and excited. And from that moment, I knew what I had to do.