Tell me about Nubian Skin?
Nubian Skin is a lingerie and hosiery brand for women of colour. It’s a pretty simple concept, but I believe it’s much needed. It’s allowing women of colour access to basic undergarments that all other women enjoy.
What made you want to take the plunge and start your own business?
I studied Economics and English for my undergraduate degree and studied Finance and Development during my masters, so it wasn’t a big surprise that the majority of my career since 2007 has been finance focussed. Despite this, I’ve known ever since I was a teenager that I would eventually want to be an entrepreneur. In 2011 when I came up with the concept of Nubian Skin, I knew that I would have to see it through, it just took me a few more years to get there. Ultimately there were two things that made me take the plunge. Firstly, I couldn’t shake the idea, and secondly, I received a card from a good friend, which said “It’s time to start living the life you’ve always imagined”, and that was the push I needed.
When you were designing, did you have a particular customer in mind?
I really did have in mind all women of colour when I was coming up with the range. I thought about what she would want, what were her basic needs. In essence, I imagined her to be a bit like me. Fashion conscious, determined, not willing to settle…wanting everything to be just the way she wants with her look.
Are there any celebrities you feel would be the perfect brand ambassador for Nubian Skin and why?
Well we’ve had a few amazing women tweet about us, and that’s been amazing! Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Beverley Knight. My current girl crush is Lupita N’yongo, so I’d just about die if I knew she was a fan of the brand.
What is next for Nubian Skin? Any exciting plans?
We launch our hosiery at the end of the month, so we are incredibly excited!!!! We also plan to have our first London concession soon, but I can’t give you details, you’ll have to wait and see!!