Samantha "Sam" Roddick (born 1 July 1971) is the founder of Coco de Mer a British lingerie brand and retail store. She is the daughter of [3 ] Body Shop founder and activist Anita Roddick. Early life and education [edit ]
Roddick is the younger daughter of
Anita and Gordon Roddick. She was educated at Summerlea Primary School and then at [3 ] Frensham Heights in Surrey until she was asked to leave at age 16. [1 ] She gained only two [4 ] O-Levels due to having undiagnosed dyslexia. [1 ] On leaving Frensham, the mother of a schoolmate suggested she work with her in [4 ] Nepal, which is where her activism began. [3 ] [4 ] Early activism [edit ]
Roddick's early activism included talks, fundraisers and projects worldwide.
In addition, she set up [1 ] Cockroach, a youth magazine; and taught art in Vancouver. [1 ] Coco de Mer [edit ]
In December 2001, Roddick opened Coco de Mer in
Covent Garden's Monmouth Street with an evening hosted by Dave Stewart, and a fly-poster campaign by Saatchi and Saatchi. [2 ] [3 ] [5 ] In 2004 Roddick was prevented from [6 ] copyrighting the Coco de Mer name by French fashion designer Coco Chanel, the lawsuit citing the similarity in product range and name. [7 ] [8 ] [9 ]
In 2011 the brand was purchased by British
sex shop Lovehoney. [4 ] In April 2014 former [10 ] La Perla brand director Lucy Litwack was appointed as managing director of the company. [11 ]
Coco de Mer name comes from a palm seed from the Seychelles, the largest seed in the world. The seed is said to resemble a woman's buttocks. [2 ] [2 ] [6 ] Bondage For Freedom [edit ]
Bondage for Freedom was founded in 2008, focusing on fighting for human and environmental rights.
It had worked on a number of projects, including the 1994 [12 ] Rwandan Genocide; the release of the " Angola Three"; preventing sex-trafficking; and colony collapse disorder. [12 ] [13 ] [14 ] [15 ] Television [edit ]
Roddick is an advisor on
. The Joy of Teen Sex References [edit ] ^ a b c d e Macalister, Terry (14 January 2005). "Interview: Sam Roddick, owner of Coco de Mer". ( The Guardian London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878 . Retrieved . 22 August 2012 ^ a b c d Steele, Jemima (2011-10-10). "Sam Roddick". The London Magazine . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ a b c d Smith, Andrew (8 December 2001). "Interview: Sam Roddick | From the Observer | The Observer". ( The Guardian London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878 . Retrieved . 22 August 2012 ^ a b c d Stanford, Peter (8 March 2013). "Sam Roddick: Mum's work is finally done - I'm delighted". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Slowe, Kat (2011-08-10). "Interview: Coco de Mer founder Sam Roddick". Lingerie Insight . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ a b Jay, Adam (12 November 2001). "Roddick's daughter tunes in to a different body business". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ "The Chanel Sex Case". . 2004-05-18 Vogue . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Wigham, Helen (2011-05-11). "May 11 - On this day in history...". Vogue . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Murray-West, Rosie (11 May 2004). "Sex shop loses its battle with Chanel over Coco brand". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Goldfingle, Gemma (2011-11-22). "Lovehoney acquires erotic retailer Coco de Mer". Retail Week . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Geoghegan, Jill (2014-04-30). "Coco de Mer appoints former La Perla brand boss as managing director". Drapers . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ a b Sevier, Laura (14 March 2009). "Q & A: Sam Roddick, activist & founder of Coco de Mer". The Ecologist . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Szu Ping Chan (2011-01-07). "Sex and the sitting room". Financial Times . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ "Just Add Stock winner, Reports". . 2009-10-16 Eye Magazine . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 ^ Pool, Hannah (2008-07-24). "Question time: Sam Roddick". The Guardian . Retrieved . 2014-11-19 External links [edit ]