Interview: Ozwald Boateng for City Index, Celebrity Trader Campaign
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He’s one of the fashion world’s most talented tailors, but how will Ozwald Boateng fare when it comes to trading on the stock exchange in City Index’s Celebrity Trader Campaign? City Index is challenging a different celebrity each month to take on the task of trading on the financial markets. The celeb traders must speculate on price levels across major global markets to try to net a profit - and avoid losing face with their fellow celebrities! Each celebrity receives an initial balance of £2,500 in their account, and attempts to raise money for their charity of choice. With a hugely diverse range of competitors – including Mark Foster, Michel Roux Jr, Tim Vine and Deborah Meaden – taking part along with Ozwald, it’s hard to guess who’ll come out on top! We caught up with Ozwald ahead of his turn as a trader to find out a bit more about his approach to the challenge, his inspirations and – of course – his expert advice on style and carving a career in the fashion industry. Can you tell us a bit about the charity that you have chosen to raise funds for with the Celebrity Trader Campaign? I’ve chosen to support CLIC Sargent, which is a charity that supports children with cancer, as it is something a lot of people are affected by. I’ve experienced, personally, friends or fathers of friends going through this, and I’d like to help raise some money for this amazing cause. You are known for your skills and precision when it comes to tailoring, but do you have any skills that you think will help when it comes to trading on the stock market? I suppose, when you’re making a suit for an individual, the first thing that you have to do is visually measure them. So, I guess the relationship I could build between that and stock is that I think you have a good gauge and understanding of what you want to buy, and if you can improve on the price once you’ve purchased it. In a way I think there is a relationship, but I also think it’s quite an instinctive exercise too; I don’t think there is ever a time when there is a sure thing. But I will definitely be applying my distinctive approach and knowledge to this project. Is there anything you think or hope that you will learn during this project that will be of use for your business in fashion?
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