Turning a school uniform into a tool to empower and engage students!
What have you done since you graduated from IUM?
While at IUM, I wanted to get into the superyacht industry, and when I moved back to London, I started working for a start-up at the time called Superyachts.com, which was a platform for marketing superyacht charters and sales.
After a year, Tom James, the world’s largest custom clothing company, approached me for another luxury field role. I had two and a half successful years in the London office and then moved to Dubai to open and run an office there, the first in the Middle East. At the time, I was the youngest person in the company’s history to open and run an office.
I spent another two and a half years working for Tom James in Dubai, and during this time, I became pretty passionate about sustainability. This new strong interest eventually led me to start my own bespoke menswear business, with sustainability being a core part of it, Benjamin Siggers.
In 2020 during the pandemic, I started Kapes to bring sustainability to the school uniforms sector: uniforms are made in factories that pay fair wages, we help kids become more connected to what they wear, and for each one we sell, we give a free one to a child in need.
Would you say that your studies at IUM help you in your different positions? If yes, how?
The experience at IUM has undoubtedly helped me – living abroad, working with people from so many different backgrounds, all of that has served me well in my various positions. While I certainly wasn’t a financial management whiz while I was at IUM and don’t profess to be one now, if there was one course that has helped me the most, particularly in starting and running a business, was this one.
You’ve launched your own company. Where does your entrepreneurial spirit derive from?
I’ve always been creative, ambitious, a risk-taker, and a problem solver. I guess those are attributes that lend themselves well to starting a business, and I like the idea of being able to bet on myself.
Was it essential for you to start something that impacts? Why?
Yes, I needed to start something that would positively impact the world. I feel that it is our responsibility to direct our entrepreneurial spirit towards doing something that positively impacts us. I want to make the world a better place and inspire future generations to do the same.
Favorite memory about IUM?
The joint birthday house party that Ahmad Henry and I had. Guests had to be tied to someone else throughout the night. It symbolized one of the significant parts of studying at IUM because it is so small it feels like a family.