Polly McMaster, Co-Founder, The Fold

Cheryl Mainland and Polly McMaster co-founded The Fold in January 2011. They met at London Business School at the start of their MBA in 2009. Driven by a shared passion for fashion but lackluster experiences of shopping for work clothes in their previous careers, together they have launched The Fold. The Fold designs, produces and retails clothes for women to look professionally chic work. The clothes are sold online (www.thefoldlondon.com) and through pop-up events in all major cities.   Before starting The Fold, both Polly and Cheryl had successful business careers. After graduating from Cambridge University with a PhD in Virology and BA in Natural Sciences, Polly worked at L.E.K. consulting and then as an investment professional at Apax Partners, a leading global private equity firm.   Cheryl graduated with a BA from Harvard University and has worked and lived in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. At Procter & Gamble she transformed and managed beauty care brands, SK-II and Nice’nEasy, across Australasia.   Together, Polly and Cheryl have advised leading UK retailers and fashion designers on their commercial strategies, brands including Emilio de la Morena & Sweaty Betty.