"It was at that point that I decided to stop living for others, and to embrace the body and the skin that I am in. I decided to fall back in love with myself."
"Style is all about connecting with a look & feel – maybe an era, a cut, a material – and making it your own. I’ve always been inspired by the Golden Era of cocktails."
"I am not a designer, a fashion victim or a trend setter. I just love creating with my hands and I am obsessed with the power of ‘a unique piece’."
"I believe that you look best when you feel like YOU, that I look best when I feel like me and that we all feel best when we wear what we feel good in."
Nicola St Louis
"Be true to your most original self. I don’t care if 'not normal' in fact it's the way I keep my integrity intact."
"It's taking a good look at how our industry works and choosing to go against the grain when you don't like its direction. Banning retouching model photos was my first rebellion."
"Our story is 5 years old and started, like many companies from the floor of our sitting room. So.....how do you start a fashion brand?"
"It put my life into perspective and in a sense I could say fashion helped end my sense of isolation that living with a disability had given me."
"So what happens in the fashion industry when you reach typical retirement age – in an industry where, contrary to what many people might think, age and experience are hugely valued?"
"In the age of technical acceleration, everything is changing and that includes interiors, we now have an ability to give greater power back to the customer and we do this using 3D customisation technology and Augmented Reality."
"The music and dance are inextricably linked and African prints ... brightly-coloured costumes worn for special events contain symbols conveying messages relating to important life events such as marriages, births and the transition from childhood to adulthood."
Carolina de Leon
"The best thing we can do is help people to believe in themselves again."
"Doing what I do there are no Monday mornings. Everyday seems like a holiday because I love doing my work and changing lives."
"My work focuses on the word Business. The word which you can understand in various ways."
"Tomorrow is not promised, so we should live every day moment by moment, receiving each new experience as a gift!
"When we heal birth, we heal the earth."
"I am juiced by what I do - I feel like I can keep doing this forever and never get tired and that's how I know I have found my true path"
"Know your value! Don’t build a community without thinking about monetization"
"I was lost and disconnected with my soul....my dream is to build a physical place where I and others will work as mind and body therapists"
Holly Tucker MBE
"I’m starting again, so I’m doing things quite differently"
"Now we have to work really hard to drive growth once again - a tough, painful lesson - don't be afraid to be a little bit early-days"
"I am an 'accidental entrepreneur'...but it is something I was clearly meant to do, it is my calling, everyone has a role in life.."
"I always wanted to have tea at the centre of my own venture when I grew up...so here I am...facing so many challenges as an entrepreneur"
"My impact will be to ensure that the emotional and cultural ties which bind me to my family business history are brought to life with each bite"
"I’m curious – when we make a significant investment we try it out first: we test drive cars, view houses and date husbands!"
"Never believe anyone who says doing business with your friend doesn't work"
"If you're starting out...find a mentor, your tribe - your people - like-minded entrepreneurs and mentor one another"
"My one line of advice is to get some support - we all need someone there to act as a pressure release valve"