We grab a quick cuppa with Hanne Ripsaluoma, the founder and managing director of Dubai-based bohemian fashion brand Dunesi.
What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Open the curtains.
Three items you can’t live without?
Sunglasses, lip gloss and a kimono.
Complete the sentence: I’m happy when…
I’m with my friends and family, the more dear people around me the happier I am.
What do you love the most about your job?
The feedback from happy customers, that really is the best part.
Where do you love to hang out in Dubai?
Anywhere outdoors really, Dubai has so many lovely places for hanging out that I can’t name just a few.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
When I feel the need to unwind, I head to the beach and go paddle boarding, being on the water is good for my body and mind.
What really annoys you?
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep aiming high and don’t let anyone to tell you your dreams are too crazy.
Did you have a plan B career path?
I’m currently on my plan B career path and very happy about it.
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
My husband and two sons.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Compassion Inc. : Unleashing The Power Of Empathy In Life And Business by Gaurav Sinha
What is your happy place?
Anywhere with sunshine and my closest people with me.
What’s your personal motto?
If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.
How do you want the world to remember you?
As a smiley happy person who made others smile.