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Q & A with fashion designer, Ainslie Young of Young the Label

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Name: Ainslie Young

Day job: CEO and Co-Founder of designer handbag label, Young The Label. We design thoughtful and fashionable handbags for ‘Ambitious Style Makers.’

What drives you? I am on a quest to lead an extraordinary life and in the process I plan to make a difference in the world. I am still working out how best ‘to make a difference’ but I know I will discover it soon enough!

What are you most proud of? Having the guts and drive to start Young The Label. We come from a rather conservative family, and starting our own business seemed pretty risky to our family. However, Meredith and I listened to our intuition, felt the fear and did it anyway!

What is your theme song? This is a tough question! I would have to say Lady Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’

Who has had the biggest impact on your life? My husband, James, has had the biggest impact on my life. He is always so optimistic, wise and laid back which helps to balance me out. Since we have been together my view on life has evolved rapidly. James has helped me see that you have to enjoy every moment and not get too hung up having a ‘plan’ as life is always changing and you need to be open to this.

Which living person inspires you the most? I draw inspiration from many different people, but particularly other young female entrepreneurs. People I know personally and who I can relate to deeply, inspire me. For example, Julie and Sali Stevanja, who own the hugely successful e-commerce site Stylerunner, are major inspirations to me. These girls are absolutely killing it in their space, they work super hard and are two of the most grounded girls I know. They are so focused on their vision that absolutely nothing will stand in their way. I have Julie and Sali’s beautiful faces on my vision board to remind me that Meredith and I can achieve that type of success too!

What’s your greatest regret? I slightly regret not starting Young The Label earlier! But I do believe in divine timing, so I am not too worried about it.

How do you deal with naysayers? I always keep my vision for my life and business at the forefront of my mind and actively surround myself with successful and supportive people, so their positivity can inspire me.

What has been a life changing moment for you? Recently my husband and I decided that we would pack up everything and move to Hong Kong this October. My perspective on life and business has completely changed (in a matter of weeks)! I am far more open to new possibilities, a new way of living and I am so excited to see how my life unfolds.

What talent would you most like to have? I really wish I could sing in tune! I totally suck and I have always been a terrible singer. I wasn’t even allowed in the primary school choir (I think they let everyone in except me)! But luckily I had other musical talents and I joined the school band.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and by whom? ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ My dad instilled this sentiment into me at a young age and it has always helped me navigate life’s challenges

What’s the worst job you have ever had? Working at a local hardware store. I was only 16 and knew nothing about hardware, so I spent most of my time dusting the shelves!

What trait do you really value in your friends? I really value loyalty and authenticity. Most of my friends I have had since primary school and even if it has been a while since we last caught up, nothing has changed between us, and I love that!

What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt (in life or in business)? Don’t get hung up on ‘the plan’ – it’s ok for you to ditch ‘the plan’ you had set out for yourself or to not follow a conventional path. Some of the hardest decisions and unconventional paths you take are the catalyst for the greatest success and life experiences. Don’t limit yourself! Life really does begin at the end of your comfort zone!

What is your motto? I strongly subscribe to the motto ‘Acta non Verba’ (Action not Words). This was my primary school motto and it has really resonated with me, as I have grown older.

How can we follow you? (Social media) We would love for you to join our Young Lover communities!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youngthelabel,

Instagram: https://instagram.com/youngthelabel

Melissa Histon

Photographer, philanthropist, adventurer, blogger, avid permitter and social changer, Melissa Histon is a woman on a mission to make a real difference to the lives of women globally. Melissa spent 10 years working in the corporate world before leaving to establish a successful photography business. After experiencing a number of life-altering events, Melissa created The Sista Code in May 2014 with a dream to see women empowered, happy and connected. Whether it's building a house for the homeless in Nepal, interviewing inspiring women from around the globe, or creating events and campaigns to support sistas escaping domestic violence, Melissa knows that true change can only happen when we all stand together and boost each other.

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