3 Tips Every Fashion Entrepreneur Should Know From Charlotte Olympia

The cheeky shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal, known for her modern pin-up girl aesthetic, has always wanted to work in fashion, but designing shoes was not part of her original plan. In a new interview with Business of Fashion, Dellal reveals that it was one of her professors at the London College of Design that led her down that path, after complimenting the solid "accessories focus" in her work. Inspired by his support, she eventually decided to pursue her own shoe line—but, like most entrepreneurs, she began with zero experience, hoping to learn the ropes along the way. "I think I wanted a brand before I even knew what a brand was," she jokes in the interview. But with a hit seven-year-old footwear brand (known simply as Charlotte Olympia) under her belt, it's safe to say Dellal has learned a lot. To help out others hoping to follow in her entrepreneurial (and stylish) footsteps, she offered up some sage advice.

Read on for her three best tips, and head over to Business of Fashion to read the full interview!