They say it takes about 10.000 hours to master a skill. 3 hour per day, every day, for 9 years, and you’ll get there. Here’s a case study. Christel Bibi Blangsted enrolled at the Danish Academy of Design when she was 17, worked closely with a tailor in Copenhagen, then at the high-end Christian Dam gallery. She enrolled on Central Saint Martins’ BA Womenswear, during which she worked at Ann Demeulemeester, followed by a small art stint in Denmark, which was interrupted by an invitation to participate in a Sri Lanka-based craft design project. Fast-forward floods, leeches and swimming to the embassy with a passport between her teeth, she returned to London working at Mary Katrantzou, and landed a spot on the MA under Louise Wilson, graduating in 2013. Without much time to catch a breath, she worked in various industry roles before deciding to start her own brand in 2017 – consulting for Alyx and Wunderkind in the meanwhile. She presumably arrived at the 10,000 hour mark when she decided to dedicate herself to making one thing really well: fine shirting for women to rival the standard men’s counterpart has attained through the years.