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Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. Welcome to the latest edition to LinkedIn Learning Podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - [Dana] This is Dana Balut. - [Heather] And I'm Heather Fisher. - [Dana] And you're listening to An Empire. (upbeat music) - [Woman] It went viral. It was everywhere. I used to tell my father "You will see one day". I want to make a film and I will go to camp. (laughter) - [Man] I felt insulted. I was like, where's my audience. - [Man] I didn't go to therapy. I think I should. - [Dana] This is An Empire. Stories of exceptional Arabs around the world and their journey to the top. Heather, hi. (laughter) - [Heather] Hi Dana. - [Dana] So who do we have today? - [Heather] Who do we have today? We're talking to another rock star female founder. And this one she's shaking up the fashion industry. Can you tell me, like in your PR language what The Modist is? Like one line. - [Ghizlan] In my PR language? (laughter) I don't have different languages. The Modist is the first and only luxury destination for modest fashion globally, built on values of diversity, inclusivity, and empowering women. My name is Ghizlan Guenez. I'm Algerian. I am 40 years old and I am founder and CEO of The Modist. Modist actually is a lover of fashion. So it's actually a play on word between modesty and modist which speaks to the love of fashion. So I bet you can pronounce it, whatever - [Dana] Call us whatever you want to call us. - [Heather] No, I learned a new word today. That's awesome. - [Ghizlan] That's what it means, yeah. - [Dana] Our guest this week is Ghizlan Guenez. She started the world's first modest fashion retailer The Modist in 2017. And when we say modest fashion we mean clothes that maybe long sleeved, go down past your bum, but are also seriously fashionable. Luxury modest fashion is a massive industry in the tens of billions of dollars. And The Modist is a pioneer in this space. - [Heather] And they're killing it. Ghizlan wouldn't disclose how much The Modist has raised so far but they're on their second round of funding, they ship to 120 countries, and they have very happy customers. Ghizlan is also a lovely person. I really enjoyed speaking with her. It was like chatting with an old friend, even though this interview is actually the first time we'd ever met. Ghizlan joined me in our studios in Dubai. I feel like I should add the disclaimer that this was pre Corona and I wouldn't care to comment on what someone was wearing except she's the founder of a fashion empire. So it seems appropriate. She rocked up in black leather pants and a leopard print blouse and looked gorgeous. - [Ghizlan] Are we starting the podcast? (laughter) - [Heather] Today on An Empire, how to build a fashion empire.