‘I want to invest in CBD tinctures, brownie mix and cinnamon raisin wine’
Aurora James has several gifts under her growing Christmas tree, including a collection of Christmas socks she commissioned for each day of Christmas.
But why is the pop star, who founded her label ahead of her Hollywood acting debut in Spike Lee’s Chiraq, so drawn to the concrete bowl in the room below?
“I love Christmas Day because it’s the first time I feel unpretentious and at ease,” says James, who was, at 24, the youngest artist to top the British charts with Formation when she represented England at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I feel like I’m free from anything, from anything – music, films, anything that has to be on the surface,” she says. “I think in my head Christmas Day is not about the lights, the bad food and people yelling. It’s all about the stuff that keeps you awake at night.”
She has her mind on many things – including a range of products under the label she just bought from the megabrand Dolce & Gabbana.
“My teenage daughters were mad about it and I love Dolce,” says James, 34. “I want to buy a backpack and a bag and a moto jacket, because they are my own.”
With Christmas behind her, James still has a number of wishes she’d like to fulfil this year.
“I want to travel to Greenland. I want to invest in CBD tinctures, brownie mix and cinnamon raisin wine.”
Fashion, too, is the biggie, especially now she is a judge on the TV show My Super Sweet 16: UK.
“I want to encourage people to wear jeans again and wear yoga trousers,” she says. “I am also going to have more female friends, so be patient!”