‘I started a fashion business from two suitcases’

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Rwandan fashion designer Joselyne Umutoniwase.

In 2010, Joselyne Umutoniwase took a bold decision. She had been working as a film editor for five years but decided to follow her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

She made her first fashion collection and when she travelled from her home in Rwanda to Germany for a film scholarship, she took two suitcases stuffed with tops, skirts and dresses.

“The young Germans sell my house fast jacksonville were fascinated about the style and the colourful African wax prints,” she says.

She sold the whole collection in three months.

“I didn’t know that I could earn serious money with selling my own creations,” she says from her business in Kigali.

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Joselyne bought cheap second-hand items and “separated all the parts to find out where the
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Five things you may not know about the fashion firm

You might have bought some joggers from there, or seen your favourite Instagram star wearing one of their dresses, but how much do you really know about Boohoo?

The online fashion firm has been a real winner during lockdown, with a massive increase in its sales by 45% to £368m in the three months to the end of May.

But it’s been hit by claims that workers at a Leicester factory that supplies some of its clothes were paid just £3.50 an hour, while being offered no coronavirus protection.

Boohoo has said it’s launching an investigation, but experts say it could struggle to make a comeback after the controversy.

Here’s five things you may not know about the company.

1. The Manchester-based family behind it are billionaires

Boohoo was founded by entrepreneur Mahmud Kamani and designer Carol Kane.

The pair had worked together at Pinstripe Clothing, a company that was

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Slay Chrissy Teigen’s Swim Style With This Flattering Bikini From Amazon

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Think you hate wearing bikinis? We’re here to make you think twice. We get it, of course. It’s hard to feel confident when fashion magazines set such unrealistic expectations and you’re seeing so many stunning beach photos on Instagram. Or maybe you just hate the look of itsy-bitsy string bikinis in the first place. But sometimes inspiration strikes, and it changes everything.

When Chrissy Teigen posted her first bikini photo in “a long, long time,” in early July, we were stunned. Tiny string bikinis? Clearly not necessary to look like a babe-o-licious model in your swimwear. One-pieces? Cute and fun, but not the only flattering option out there. Teigen was rocking her high-waisted bikini to the moon and back. The only issue? Hers costs hundreds of dollars. But you know what? That’s

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Decoding the Chinese Tai-tai Style

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LONDON — Tai-tai is a colloquial term used to describe wealthy housewives in China and in Chinese-speaking regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy has lengthy and hilarious descriptions of these consumers’ spending habits and fashion styles.

Most of the time, Chinese netizens are obsessed with teen idols and what they are wearing and show little interest in women beyond a certain age. But recently, because of the reality show “Sisters Who Make Waves,” where 30 female celebrities over 30 years old fight to get into a five-member girl group, and the hit TV drama series “Nothing but Thirty,” Chinese Tai-tai style has been in the spotlight.

Several celebrities in “Sisters Who Make Waves” married into immense wealth. As the crew films their family life, the public gets to witness the kind of luxurious lifestyles many

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