VIVIEN KYLES is well known in the sporting world but is now looking to score a sparkling success in a new venture in Glasgow’s West End.
The Bearsden woman is a former chief executive of Livingston Football Club and that is the role she now fills at Hamilton Park Racecourse.
While she may have been looked upon as a woman in a man’s world in these positions, Vivien’s new business is firmly aimed at the ladies.
She has just opened ARABESQUE, a jewellery boutique on Byres Road.
It is the only retailer in the UK to stock a range of products favoured by A-list celebrities.
The north-American brand, Mimi & Marge, claims international superstars Beyonce, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon and Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field as some of its biggest fans.
Vivien felt there was a need to fill this gap in the market and said: “I love jewellery and wanted to create a store that sold unique, elegant pieces – something that really stands out from the crowd – in addition to the stylish international brands that have proven to be hugely popular in recent years.
“ARABESQUE will stock classic, contemporary jewellery from leading brands like Pandora, in addition to exclusive, high-impact pieces like the Mimi & Marge beetle ring as worn by Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.”
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Vivien (41) worked in London, Australia and Glasgow. She had a spell advising technology start-ups in Hillington Innovation Centre before joining telecoms business Damovo where, as director of strategy, she was responsible for the group’s 18 countries’ sales force.
Vivien’s move into the sports arena came when she took up the top post at Livingston FC where she helped steer the club out of Administration.
She also scored a first when she sat on the Scottish Football League’s management committee – the first female to hold such an appointment in its 100 years-plus history.
Her next move was to Hamilton Park in 2008 where she has been responsible for promoting the facility as more than a racecourse, incorporating the first-class hospitality facilities all year round.
Vivien has recently been appointed to the steering group Racing for Change – aimed at developing a strategy to take the sport forward.
She is excited about her new boutique, which has just opened, and added: “This is an entirely new venture for me.
“Having advised so many start-up businesses in the past it’s great to be starting my own from scratch.
“I believe in the concept and I am delighted with the location on Byres Road. Glasgow’s West End has always had a reputation as the city’s stylish quarter and ARABESQUE will inject some extra sparkle into the area.”