Yolande is a British London based blogger and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience of working within the luxury fashion and media sectors. She has successfully directed numerous high profile events, catering to an audience of up to 30,000 guests. This includes a range of international fashion projects across four continents including North America/the Caribbean (New York & Jamaica,) Europe (Paris, Romania, Poland), Asia (China), and Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo).
Yolande has a passion for promoting and raising the profile of emerging and independent designers, who are often struggling to gain exposure due to financial constraints/lack of professional direction. As a result she has been fortunate to work on some unique projects and with some fabulous brands and organisations including The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), Nolcha, UsTrendy, Fiore, Dermalogica, Yonka, Quick Energy, collection 2000, Perrier Water,itsocks.co.uk and Hush Puppies among others.
In 2009 she was invited by the British Fashion Council CEO’s Caroline Rush and Simon Ward to discuss the various channels available for promoting emerging designers who lack exposure, with a particular focus on those from ethnic backgrounds.
One of her early introductions into the fashion business world was working in the fashion fabrics buying office of the UK’s leading department store, John Lewis PLC.
Prior to breaking into the luxury fashion business world, Yolande worked for Somethin-Else, the UK’s biggest independent radio and television production company, and then as a freelance fashion and business writer for various publications including New African Woman (distributed in 54 countries) and Fashion Capital, the UK’s leading fashion business portal.
Yolande loves giving back and inspiring others and has regularly led various workshops and talks at a range of academic institutions via programmes such as the ‘Aces Youth Project‘ and ‘Inspirational You‘.
Nowadays when she’s not writing or consulting you can find her painting uplifting fashion inspired art pieces over at www.ArtbyYolandeLetshou.co.uk .