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Siobhan MacKenzie

Siobhan MacKenzie
Glasgow, United Kingdom

My concept is to progress something as distinctively beautiful as the kilt and tartan forward with the fashion world and bring Scottish Dress into the 21st century by breaking the rules of tradition with truly innovative bespoke and contemporary kilts.

60-Second Interview

Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Siobhan Mackenzie - When I was younger my hero was my Grandad. I come from a big family and he was the most courageous superhero with a heart of gold who just adored his grandchildren. He has taught me how to have strength, bravery and kindness all rolled into one.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I have always had a strong sense of determination along with ambitious dreams which are fuelled by passion, lots of hard work and self belief. I had a demand for an innovative product so it really seemed like a natural step to become an entrepreneur.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I love to bake so I set up a cake stand at a local fair.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
The biggest challenge I have faced is funding. Starting a business fresh upon graduating without any time to save is so difficult.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My family - although I live a long way from them I know that they are only a phone-call away if I have any worries.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
The ambition I have to fulfil my dreams and share my vision worldwide.
How do you define success?
I would define success in making yourself and making others happy. Obviously financially your business needs to make money to survive but for me it is the ultimate reward when a customer is extremely satisfied.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I would like to have stores in worldwide locations- Scotland, London, New York, Canada... to name a few.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
I was fortunate to have known the path I wanted to take since I was ten years old so I have solely focused on being driven and taking the necessary steps to succeed in that dream. The advice I would give, would be not to let others knock you down. You may be a small-town girl with a massive dream but anything is possible if you work hard enough.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Vivienne Westwood. She took what people perceived as outrageous at the time and turned it into a global fashion empire. As a designer you need to be prepared to step outside of the box and be innovative so she has been a huge inspiration to me to not be afraid to take risks.