Stella McCartney: "I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid"

Danny Thompson
Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella after the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2008 collection fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)

Stella McCartney had to buy clothes from second-hand shops as a child - as her mega rich parents didn’t give her much cash.

The world renowned fashion designer said Beatle Paul McCartney and wife Linda, were ‘really clever’ for attempting to make their children’s childhood as normal as possible.

Talking to Net-a-Porter, the 47-year-old said: “I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away.

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“And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive school and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes.

“I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”

McCartney went on to explain her mother, animal rights activist and vegetarian food entrepreneur Linda McCartney was her ‘big inspiration’. Talking of her mum, who died from breast cancer in 1998, McCartney said: “My mum was my big inspiration.

“I think she had the coolest sense of style ever, but for me it was cool because it was her. It was a true reflection of her really not giving a s**t what people thought and, being the wife of a Beatle, I think that’s pretty impressive.

Beatles star Paul McCartney with his wife Linda and members of their family, Heather (left), 17, James, 2, Stella (centre), 8, and Mary, 10, at Heathrow Airport in London as they left for New York on Concorde. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

“It’s not that she was overtly confident, it’s just that she really knew herself and wasn’t afraid to be herself. So I admire women who have a real level of honesty through what they wear.”

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It was recently announced McCartney has designed tennis kits for the upcoming Wimbledon tournament. The designs were created using material made from plastic waste taken from beaches before reaching the ocean, and a synthetic fibre made from plastic bottles and old clothes.