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15th April, 2013

Barjis Chohan

Trained at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, Barjis Chohan gained experience working for Vivienne Westwood and in French couture before building a career in textiles and interior design in Britain and the Middle East. Her fashion collection, Barjis, launched at Dubai Fashion Week in 2011, offers ready to wear modest clothes for modern professional women and has gained Muslim and non-Muslim customers in Britain, the Gulf and internationally who appreciate her vision of everyday understated luxury. She recently showcased her collection at London Fashion Week and is the leading brand for modest clothing in the West.

Barjis is an active supporter in nurturing new talents. She mentors and holds workshops with colleges and charities to promote creativity and business amongst women of ethnic groups. She recently held a competition with her ex-primary school. Kids in year 5 and 6 were given a brief to design a print for her collection and the lucky winner won a front seat at her recent show during London Fashion Week. Barjis believes in encouraging creativity at a young age and would like to work with local state schools to give children from less privileged backgrounds an opportunity to explore their creativity.

She was selected to be in a recent Greenpeace campaign which will be aired on the BBC and on London and New York fashion week in September. In 2011 she completed executive training at Cass Business School as part of the UKTI Gateway to Global Programme. This programme assists high growth companies to penetrate into international markets.


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