Beth Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen

Mother's Day

Meet our CEO, Beth, her daughter, Chloe, and mother-in-law, Joanna.

photography by Kasia Babula

To celebrate Mother's Day, we spent the day with our CEO, Beth, and her family, to talk success, motherhood and the best advice they’ve ever received.

Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Joanna - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Beth Butterwick - Chloe Butterwick - Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Beth Butterwick - Chloe Butterwick - Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen

" ‘Thank you’, ‘please’ and ‘sorry’ are small words but they make us better people."

Joanna, Florist

Beth Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen

Five minutes with Beth.

Did your definition of success change once you became a mother?

I’ve always envisaged success as reaching my true potential and being totally fulfilled, so my definition didn’t change because having a family was always part of my ‘fulfilment vision’.

Do you think your mother-in-law and daughter’s definition of success would differ from each other?

Yes, I believe each generation is influenced by their parents and the world at that time. Joanna’s definition of success was to find a husband and have children – she says you were programmed that way post-war – while Chloe’s is ‘to be like me’, which is to have a job she loves and a happy family.

How does Chloe inspire you?

In every way. She’s beautiful inside and out. If I had to pick one thing though, I think it’s her strong moral compass. At 15 years old she has strong values and a real sense of right and wrong. She won’t be swayed by peer pressure if her instinct tells her differently. I don’t think I was like that until my mid-twenties.

Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen Beth Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Joanna - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen

"Work hard and play hard – you’ll achieve so much more if you get the balance right."

Chloe, Student

What has Joanna taught you about family?

That family comes before anything else. And that we’re stronger together – we’re a Butterwick tribe when we’re together in Norfolk!

Does ‘like mother, like daughter’ ring true with you and Chloe?

Yes, I think so. While she has some traits from my husband, Chloe and I think in the same way and apply a similar logic to situations. I would also say we’re both compassionate and generous of heart.

Joanna - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Beth Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Beth Butterwick - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Joanna - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Beth Butterwick - Chloe Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen Beth Butterwick - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen

"Being yourself will help you navigate the rights and wrongs of life."

Beth, CEO of Karen Millen

Chloe Butterwick - Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen
Joanna - Mother's Day - Women Who Can - Karen Millen