Deborah Henning

The monochrome madam who’s taking Dubai’s style scene by storm
ByAhlan! Live ReporterThursday , 19 March 2015
Deborah Henning
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It’s always daunting to launch in a new market. The line has been received so well in Dubai. I’ve loved meeting new clients and getting to know stores and buyers. 
In helping others, I have helped myself. I’ve been consulting with emerging local brands, helping them strengthen their product and brand personality. It has put me in a position to continually develop local business strategies that work for this region.
It is gratifying to be applauded. I was in the finals for the Samsung Launching People campaign and the media has been massively supportive. My aim is to have three reputable international stockists by the end of 2015.
You can’t copy paste. Running a business in the Middle East is completely different to the British market; cultural and social changes have to be made to fit into this business climate.
Caffeine fuels my health and fitness drive. Tom & Serg and Comptoir 102 are staple spots. I exercise three a week at the gym, adding one yoga or Pilate’s session. Smart Fitness in JLT run eight week programs of training and nutrition. We eat clean and juice and do sessions of cardio, VIPR and TRX.
Have a positive, Tony Robbins-esque outlook on life. Every difficult situation can be a hindrance or become and opportunity and I have spent a lot of time developing skills that promote positive change.
Keep your ego in check. I firmly believe in the saying, “treat everyone with humility, the same people you see on the way up, you’ll see on the way down.”

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