MEET ASIA PACIFIC’S RISING RETAIL STARS
This year sees Retail Congress Asia Pacific put the spotlight on the new generation of retail entrepreneurs.
The digital revolution is proving to be a catalyst for the millennial generation of new retail entrepreneurs. Many retail commentators see the businesses they are setting up as proof that Asia Pacific is now one of the most exciting regions with retail start-ups helping to reshape the industry. Retail Congress Asia Pacific will feature a number of these movers and shakers on the programme and also recognise one of the best with a special new award called the Rising Star. The following rising stars have been shortlisted by our retail experts. The winner of the 2017 Rising Star Award will be announced to everyone at 18:05 on day one of the Congress.
Alyce Tran’s brand The Daily Edited
Velda Tan’s brand Collate the Label
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO | HERMO
Hermo is now the top leading beauty B2C e-commerce site in Malaysia and has successfully expanded into Singapore and Indonesia. It has been profitable since its launch and counts 150,000 active users who come online to flagship brand stores to find wide selections of affordably priced cosmetics.
CEO | TELEMART
Ahmed Rauf Essa started his business in 2012 with a vision to have a vertical unit of having wholesale, retail, online and corporate under one name. Telemart now has 125 employees, 600 plus wholesalers nationwide, 158 franchises and six company owned outlets, making it the biggest online portal for online shopping in Pakistan.
CO-FOUNDER | THE DAILY EDITED
The Daily Edited is an online retailer that started out as a fashion and accessories blog. Established in 2011, The Daily Edited is an Australian online destination specialising in customisable and personalised lifestyle accessories designed by Alyce Tran and Tania Liu. Last financial year, it turned over $7 million.
CEO AND FOUNDER | MON PURSE
Mon Purse enables customers to create and personalise their own leather handbags and leather goods using its custom 3D design tool which has more than 50 million design combinations to choose from. It is a vertically integrated brand available online, at their Paddington (Sydney) flagship store or at MYER in all major Australian cities.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER | PENCIL PRODUCE/PESTLE & MORTAR CLOTHING
Today, Pestle & Mortar Clothing, which Hugh co-founded, is one of the leading streetwear labels of Southeast Asia. He is at the helm of the creative team and with their inventive design, Pestle & Mortar Clothing was named “Online Store of The Year” by Digi WoWW awards.
FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR | COLLATE THE LABEL
Serial retail entrepreneur, Velda Tan founded Love, Bonito before launching Collate the Label in 2015. Combining both her on and offline experience Collate is her own ready-to-wear womenswear line which is already growing as she adds more labels that appeal to her target audience.
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATOR | SHOPPR
Shoppr is a fashion app that allows women to shop thousands of international and local brands on a single platform. It creates a layer upon that using smart technologies to simplify the process of finding and purchasing a coveted item through personalised recommendations, daily new arrivals and sale alerts.