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How I found myself in the fashion business

Zeynep Ober

Barrus, my global dream

Zeynep was born in Istanbul. Her father Selim Dervisoglu was the founder of the first and biggest knitwear company ‘Selim Triko’ in Turkey. After she finished her primary education in Istanbul, Zeynep moved to Switzerland where she studied German and then ‘Business Administration’ at the University of St Gallen. She then returned to Istanbul where she worked for her family business for several years until she got married and moved to England. In England she represented her family business in the fashion knitwear business and sold knitwear to major department stores in London. After giving birth to her son she took a break from work and just concentrated on raising him. In the meantime she was getting lots of business offers. When she received a job offer of working for a ladies fashion wear company called ‘Barrus’ in Istanbul she couldn’t resist and soon found herself back in the fashion business. 
Now she is working in the UK as a European partner and distributor of the fashion house Barrus. She works with two very talented designers in a very harmonious partnership. The whole Barrus team is very talented and passionate and she is very happy working with them. Her business experience in fashion added to their talents makes them a great team. They introduced themselves and their collections to the British Fashion Council and were accepted to take part at the ‘London Fashion Week’ this February. They have also been accepted for ‘Paris Fashion Week’ in March and now her dream and her aim is to turn Barrus into a global success.



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