George David Hodgson is a fashionpreneur, public speaker and mental health campaigner. In 2014 he founded the award-winning fashion label 'Maison de Choup' out of his severe anxiety and OCD episode. The brand has been recognised by the likes of Vanity Fair, which referred to Maison de Choup as 'The Fashion Brand with a Mental Health Cause at its Heart'. It also won the British Fashion Startup Award in 2016 for such an inspiring story.
Since launching Maison de Choup, George has gone on to do public speeches and workshops in schools, colleges and universities about how he started his fashion label from such a dark place. He tells the story of his battle with severe Anxiety and OCD, not being able to leave his bedroom for 3 years and washing his hands up to 50x a day to running a fashion brand full time. He is incredibly honest about his suffering and talks about how everyone should be more open about their mental health, especially young men.
In August 2017, he became a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider and received his MHFA Certificate of Completion.
George has appeared on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and Radio 6 Music as well as appearing on BBC News at 6/10pm with Hugh Pym and BBC Breakfast.
What he does
Talks - Mental Health / The Personal Battle
George gives talks at schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK, delivering assemblies on topics such as mental health, fashion, how he started Maison de Choup from severe mental health and his personal battle with Anxiety & OCD.
Previous Talks Include
Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design
Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton)
The Westgate School Winchester
Godolphin School (Salisbury)