Jun 22, 2018
Most of my interviews center around remarkable men and women that have lived a relatively full life (they make better interview guests) but every now and again I am convinced to interview someone younger. In this case Jane Lu did not disappoint. She is an incredible young woman. Launching a fashion label behind her strict parents backs while they thought she was at her corporate job, Jane has built and incredible business and community.
Her success lies in the ability to read female fashion trends and much like Zara she delivers fast fashion that is sexy and on trend. But this is not Jane's most impressive skill. What Jane does very well is offer a real look into how young women think, dress and feel. Her social media posts are real, transparent and fun. She is nothing other than herself and everyone loves her.
Jane Lu founded Showpo back in 2010 from her parents’ garage. Jane previously worked in accounting and corporate finance, but after returning from a year abroad, was inspired to ditch the “cubicle life”, so she quit her job to start her own business.
With so much enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, she set off to start her first business, which failed spectacularly. However, Jane was undeterred and got right back on the horse, starting the online fashion brand, Showpo the following month.
What started off with a laptop and two shelves of clothing is now an online global fashion empire, shipping to 80 countries. Through being disruptive in the retail space and capitalising on the use of social media, Showpo now boasts a cult social following of over 2.8 million.
Jane is a keynote speaker, is heavily involved in Australia’s startup scene and has been nominated for numerous awards, taking the title of Cosmopolitan’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia in 2016.