16-year-old building a fashion empire from his bedroom
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Louis Carnan, 16, from Castlemilk in Glasgow, set up his own fashion label after leaving school with no qualifications. Realising early that the world of academics was not for him, Louis made a brave decision: dropping out of school, to focus on his dream of becoming a fashion designer. Ambitious and driven, Louis founded his clothing line, Sixth Sided, in May 2016 - and its safe to say that things have just gone from strength to strength since then. “I've built the brand and registered my company. My website is being designed and I’m setting up all of the social media. I 've sent prototypes to my manufacturer so I should have products on sale within the next 30 days," says Louis. "It’s mad!” “All of my friends are at college or have apprenticeships," he added, "but if I had carried on with education it would’ve been a waste of time; I just wasn't interested.” “My school gave me four options for after I left but I didn't turn up for any interviews. I never wanted to have a construction job; I wanted my own clothing brand.” Instead the teenager invested all of his savings into building his own fashion empire, commiting himself to spending everyday working on building his dream from his childhood bedroom. “My family are so supportive, they have high hopes for me. My mum works for House of Fraser so she’s been my inspiration," he says. “My mum and dad were very worried when I left school with no qualifications but they are glad I am following my dream.” Having just sent his t-shirt prototype to manufacturers, Louis is currenlty working toward building a complete collection.
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