Pooja Joshi, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design with Enterprise graduate, is running her own company with a business partner – only three years after graduating.
Ocell Luxury, established last year, produces luxury leather bags and accessories. Currently working on their second collection, Pooja says that the company hopes to expand its client base to outside of Kenya in the future. Pooja moved back to Kenya upon completing her course with the University of Portsmouth in 2013.
She describes university as eye opening, but explains that Fashion and Textile Design wasn’t her original course choice – she had planned to study Interior Design until changing her mind at the last moment.
“It was daunting being one of the only ones in class who had no clue what it meant to use a sewing machine. Having said this, it was fantastic being in an environment where help was always on hand,” she explains.
“The course was fantastic in that it covered a wide range of areas,” Pooja continues. “Of key interest to me was the enterprise unit, and it was actually this unit that helped me decide that running my own brand was the way forward.”
Budding entrepreneurs like Pooja now have the opportunity to return to Portsmouth for our new MA Fashion and Textiles, offering graduates and those coming from industry the opportunity to develop their own fashion and/or textile practice, and support to become successful innovators and leaders in their own right.
We wish Pooja luck in the future, and hope to see her products on nearby shelves soon!