I have been an entrepreneur all my life. I have always loved living life outside of my comfort zone. I’ve learnt everything I know from doing and learning and trialing and failing.
I started my first business in my twenties. Passionate about fashion but without any formal training in design I launched fashion label Kal Kaur Rai. Starting in my studio flat I went on to have a wholesale showroom in London’s West End, I had agents in Manchester and Germany and sold in 120 boutiques worldwide. The label was worn by Victoria Beckham in her Spice Girls days, and many other celebrities including Beyonce and Alesha Dixon.
In 2008 the recession, coupled with a pregnancy forced me to close Kal Kaur Rai but the seeds for my next business had already been sown. Whilst struggling with the effects of the recession I had started hosting second hand designer fashion events where I would gather London’s fashionistas to sell their wardrobes. The events were such a success that it led me to raise investment for an online marketplace BuyMyWardrobe which I launched in 2012. For the next 6 years I entered the rollercoaster world of startups, raising £1M in investment - my education in business was taken to new heights - I was lucky enough to have some incredible investors and mentors, including Mimma Viglezio, the highly acclaimed fashion consultant, Carmen Busquet, an early stage investor in Net-a-Porter and David Suddens the brilliant former CEO of Dr Martin. I built the business as far as I could before selling it in 2018.
Since then I have been working as a consultant helping small business owners on their own journeys. I have set up a number of place making initiatives that has fuelled my interest in regeneration.
I work mainly with local community facing businesses. I run projects in my local area Acton, W3, to support small businesses and to help connect the community.