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Meet Marla Singh-Walton Founder of Accessories Brand Marla Fij

Marla Singh Walton made her mark on the international fashion industry early on when she graced the pages of Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and Donna Magazine as well as becoming one of the first Indian models to land a lucrative campaign for Revlon. She has since gone on to establish her own accessories brand Marla Fiji. Now running into its fourth year Marla takes some time out of her busy schedule to chat to JoJo Iles about her brand and her working days

JoJo: What made you decide to launch your own bag range?

Marla: I have always had this thirst for beautiful handbags, even more than shoes, so it seemed like a no brainer when I decided to launch my own brand of handbags.

JoJo: How influential is your modelling career to your brand?

Marla: It is very influential, after modelling for some of the world's top fashion designers and always being surrounded by beautiful clothes and accessories it does tend to rub-off on you and I began to develop my own sense of style. Mixing and matching became my great hobby so I guess it was inevitable that I would end up in some way remaining in fashion and designing handbags.

JoJo: For those new to Marla Fiji what's the ethos of the brand?

Marla: Beautiful designs, fine quality and affordability are the core elements of the brand. I grew up in beautiful Fiji hence the brand name.

JoJo: What key skills/attributes do you think are essential to start your own business in fashion?

You have to have a lot of discipline and you can't waver on this, it's like a baby especially in the beginning it requires 24hr attention and you have to make sure you are on board to always be there for it.

Marla: I always call it the three D's. You have to be disciplined, determined and direction. Direction in knowing what you want and not diverting from where you are going see there another D! You have to have a lot of discipline and you can't waver on this, it's like a baby especially in the beginning it requires 24hr attention and you have to make sure you are on board to always be there for it. Lots of early mornings and late nights! However, by saying all this I really feel it's worth it. Apart from the three Does you have to LOVE what you do as the old saying goes.

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