Young Talent: Zoë (22)

Who are you?

Hi, my name is Zoë, I’m 22 years old and finishing my bachelor degree in Fashion Technology at HOGent

What do you do in life?

Since I was a child I’ve always been interested in fashion. The moment I was able to do a student job I immediately started working at one of my favourite stores: Bellerose. I’ve always worked as a parttime sales associate in combination with my studies.

During the first lockdown I was playing around with some old shirts when I stumbled on a unique idea for a dress. A few months later I started a brand together with my mom: Renēe. We make one of a kind pieces by upcycling aged, beloved garments. By doing so, our aim is to reduce the amount of clothing waste. My aspiration is to further develop this project and make it my main occupation.

What advice would you give to young people trying to find a job in fashion?

My advice is to be confident to share your ideas with the rest of the world.  When I was posting my first dress I never thought I would now be selling my 161th one!