Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Summary: Sian Rowlands runs a pre-loved women's fashion brand

Muhammad Riaz Usman

Don't become someone who only asks and never gives. It's important to give your support, expertise or time to others, says Sian Rowlands, founder and CEO of Retold.

Just over 8 years ago, Sian Rowlands used to be a bit of a shopaholic. When Rowlands realised she was broke, she decided to rent out her spare room to a friend. But before doing so, she needed to clear out the wardrobes and ended up with 4 packing boxes full of clothes in great condition - a lot of them still with their original tags on. When Rowlands calculated how much of her lost money was folded away in those boxes, she understood why she was broke. "So, I looked at the local market where I could sell these pieces, but there wasn't anything that properly fit the bill. I knew I wasn't the only woman in Dubai who was in this situation. So, after a bit of research, I wrote a business plan and the company was born," Rowlands, founder and CEO of Retold, explains. …

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