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What I’ve learnt: Denise L’Estrange-Corbet

The talented fashion designer opens up about her life and what she's learnt along the way.
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Talented designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is an unstoppable force in the Kiwi fashion industry.

Co-founder of WORLD, considered New Zealand’s most progressive fashion brand, her clothes are sold around the globe and have shown at fashion weeks in London and Paris to name a few.

It’s a massive achievement, made all the more remarkable given her brand’s humble beginnings.

Denise started WORLD with former husband Francis Hooper and only $400 between them. While it was tough juggling the needs of the business with raising her daughter Pebbles, Denise’s hard work and determination has paid off.

In 2012, she was awarded the title of MNZM (previously MBE) for her services to the New Zealand fashion industry.

When the witty star isn’t working, she does a lot for charity – she is an ambassador for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and has fronted campaigns about depression.

In her novel, All That Glitters, written with her unique brand of humour, she opened up about her childhood struggles and the development of her depression. All royalties of the novel go to the Mental Health Foundation.

While it took a lot of courage to speak out, Denise hoped that by sharing her story she could help others.

“If I can save one person, that’s a good thing.”

We sat down with the designer, mother and author to chat about her life and what she’s learnt along the way.

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