The 5-Minute Interview: Christopher Kane, Designer

'People think fashion is glamorous. But you're still living in Dalston'
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Christopher Kane, 25, won the Harrods Design Award while studying at Central Saint Martins last year. Today his "gadget girl bag" is auctioned to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To make a bid, visit www.comet.co.uk/gadgetgirlbag

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

It's my birthday today but I'd probably be sewing. I just left my sewing machine to talk to you. Or, I might be emailing. Sewing or emailing.

A phrase I use far too often...

"In this day and age." I always seem to be looking for things that aren't available in the UK and then I start moaning, "in this day and age..."

I wish people would take more notice of...

The environment. We had just started the spring-summer collection but the factory flooded. It's scary. We need to take notice of all the rubbish and packaging we produce.

A common misperception of me is...

Everyone thinks that if you work in fashion you have a really glamorous life but it's not true. People think you have everything but you're still in Dalston, making ends meet.

I am not a politician but if I were...

I would take everyone shopping for the day: Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges!

I'm good at...

I've never thought about that much... I've always done this. Um...sleeping? Eating? I love to draw - still life, that sort of thing.

I'm very bad at...

Saving money. Oh, and feeling guilty. I get really guilty hangovers. Maybe it's a Catholic thing.

In moments of weakness I...

Keep working: work harder, try again, keep thinking until I find a solution.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Try and try again. If something doesn't work out, there's always a solution.

Alice-Azania Jarvis

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