'We are our biggest source of inspiration'
For the 25th Leaders in Conversation podcast, Anni talks to the wonderful Elif Köse, a fashion designer and entrepreneur who is passionate about raising women’s confidence.
Originally from Turkey, Elif came to the UK in 2009 on what was initially a year-long trip to learn the English language. However, as she explains “the opportunities come when you start on a journey”. And so she grabbed an opportunity to start a business in clothing alterations.
Now, twelve years later, Elif has worked with many designers and retailers and launched a successful fashion line under her own name, Elif Köse Fashion House. She talks to Annni about the mission for her brand, which is ‘for every woman to feel empowered and beautiful, knowing they have the confidence to do and achieve anything’.
Elif shares the inspiration behind this statement. She was motivated by her own freedom of choice upon relocating to the UK, something she lacked growing up due to cultural differences and the impact of her beloved, albeit controlling father.
“I didn't have a choice myself and I knew how much it impacted my feelings as a woman,” she reveals.
Elif wants to empower other women through personal choice and personal style and has extended her fashion brand to other areas of personal development, including 1:1 coaching and a podcast. She also recently delivered a Confidence Leads to Success interview series, spotlighting successful women, which she is turning into an e-book.
Throughout the episode, Elif talks to Anni about building her own confidence, overcoming fears like public speaking and she shares some of the common traits of successful women.
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Discover more and connect with Elif
To find out more about Elif and to browse her latest styles and collections, visit her online boutique elifkose.co.uk
You can also find details of Elif’s coaching programmes, Confidence Podcast, the Confidence Leads to Success interview series and more on her dedicated Linktree account linktr.ee/elifkoseofficial