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Meet Samanah Duran

Samanah Duran is a British fashion designer and entrepreneur most recently named Forbes 30 under 30 most influential in retail and e-commerce. Her fierce emphasis on inspiring each individual to embrace their identity and to take pride in their individuality is perfectly presented in her vision for an innovative clothing line with Critics Clothing, which was revolutionised through the crafting of indulgent streetwear with the power to evoke self-expression.

Building on that inspiration as an extension of Critics Clothing, Samanah has now successfully launched BEYOUROWN and BEYOUROWN MAN a digital media & news company dedicated to inspire and champion entrepreneurs on a mission to lead.

Samanah is truly dedicated to evolving her brand and team. She has developed an unconventional approach to business by enjoying life to the fullest and making business enjoyable for her and whoever she works with. As she continues to be involved in every aspect of Critics Clothing, BEYOUROWN and BEYOUROWN MAN, she loves to meet other inspiring entrepreneurs out there on a mission to also succeed in doing what they love and is passionate about passing on her entrepreneurial skills that she has learned along the way.

Tell me in 100 words who you are? How would you describe yourself.

I am Samanah Duran, I was born in Cambridge but I grew up in a small town in Lincolnshire back in the UK. I am the founder and CEO of both retail company Critics Clothing, and BEYOUROWN, which is a digital media & news company dedicated to inspiring women in business.

What is the name of your company?

Critics Clothing & BEYOUROWN

What motivates/inspires you to get up each morning?

What motivates me is watching other others flourish and grow. I get a real satisfaction out of knowing that the work I do really inspires and empowers other entrepreneurs to continue down their own path of uniqueness towards achieving their own version of success.

What contribution are you most proud of to date?

So far, I enjoy helping others navigate their way through their business journey although there is still so many more contributions I could be making that could essentially help pioneer global changes within certain industry fields.

What is it that you feel that you teach others through how you act/show up each day?

I encourage others to remain true to who they are whilst doing what they really love. That is my own personal brand ethos that I stand by and really try to reflect.

What’s one change you would like to see in this world?

More humanity.

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