Started From the Bottom Busayo Olupona: How she Pivoted from Attorney to Fashion Designer

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Ready-to-wear designer Busayo Olupona talks about what it was like to leave her six-figure salaried job as a corporate attorney to pursue her dream of starting a fashion brand. From going broke to seeing her Made In Nigeria labeled clothing in Neiman Marcus, Busayo learned a lot along the way.

If you’re into entrepreneurship and/or fashion, here are some books Busayo recommends:

  • The Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Geller
  • The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
  • Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey by James Hollis
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
  • Native Son by Richard Wright

The Host

Justin Richmond

Justin Richmond is producer and co-host of the music podcast Broken Record with writer Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times editor Bruce Headlam, and music producer—and Def Jam co-founder—Rick Rubin. Justin…