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Rachel
Startup

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Belt

Gucci

Shoes

COS

Jeans

Taobao

I used to be in the fashion industry.
At the end of 2018, I decided it was time to explore whatever was out there. I felt the industry had too much extravagance and unnecessary wastage, even if working in that field had been an interesting journey.

Tell us more about your current line of work.
I work in a local start-up for contact lenses—we’re also the first contact lens company here that started up a recycling initiative to collect all used contact lens blisters.

Do you ever find yourself miss working in the fashion industry?
I miss certain parts of the industry—everything’s a little funnier and better when you look at it through the lens of nostalgia. I’ve reached a point where I can send memes to my boss.

If there’s something you could change about society today, what would it be?
I suppose the concept of influencers—I’ve always felt that it doesn’t quite represent an accurate or genuine view of a product or situation. At least for fashion and luxury brands, which is what I’m most familiar with, I’ve always felt that maybe using local influencers hasn’t been the most effective method for marketing. But then again, this varies from brand to brand. 

What’s something you learnt about yourself over the past year?
The importance of taking time out for yourself and for your loved ones. I took a 6-month sabbatical, and it became important that I was able to take the rest I needed and do things that truly mattered.

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