A Leeds accountant who has made major inroads into the fashion world has packed in her job to open her first shop – partly thanks to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bozena Carter, 32, from East Ardsley, said that her appearance in the YEP gave her the confidence boost she needed to take the leap and become a full time fashion designer.
She has opened at Bird’s Yard on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre - and is also celebrating after major online fashion retailer Asos agreed to stock some of her clothes.
Bo said: “When the YEP ran a story, that was the final straw. After the story I thought that it was time to change career.
“It’s more a career break, but I don’t think I’ll be going back [to my old job].” Bo discovered a flair for fashion after she entered the Leeds Fashion Show last year.
She had been unable to darn a sock let alone use a sewing machine, but she soon learned how when her husband Stuart bought her one from a charity shop.
The show opened up doors to Bo who went on to take part in several fashion shows and set up an online store under her fashion label Bo Carter to sell her collections.
Bo added: “Bird’s Yard has little independent shops. My shop is quite a small place but it’s perfect for the clothes that I make.
“It fits really well with the others at Bird’s Yard as there is a difference between the other stores and mine.”
Asked what the future holds, Bo said: “At the moment I try not to look too far forward, I just want people to become more aware of my clothes, but one day I want to become the next Vivienne Westwood.”
The retail emporium showcases original creations from independent designers. It will celebrate it’s first year in business with a party on July 29 from 2pm to 8pm.