Date of Birth: 22nd April, 1951
Where do you live: San Pawl tat-Tarġa
Status: Married with two children
Star Sign: Taurus
Occupation: Textiles, Bridal and Property
Brief career outline
I started in the textile industry at a very young age and worked with my father when I was 13 years old. I was always involved in business and was already going to London to buy bales of cloth by the time I was 17 years old. My father’s business has now evolved from just textiles, to bridal wear, ready to wear garments and our own tailor-made creations that are created in-house.
How did you start off in the textiles industry?
It was thanks to my father who, back in the 60’s, started importing textiles here in Malta. I remember I was 13 years old, still at school, when I first went with my father to open the bales of cloth fents he used to import from abroad. At the time, we used to sell fents which were purchased from the factories and even sold by weight. The industry has always fascinated me and I was immediately hooked.
What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?
A lot of things, unfortunately, and I don’t have enough time for them all. My main hobby is my home. I love my home. For me it’s my castle, I designed it and I always strive to improve on it. I also collect classic cars and I am currently working on one. I also love reading biographies; Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton to name a few.
We all need inspiration and someone to look up to. Who is your role model?
Again, I must say it is my father! He was a superintendent with the British Services in Malta and he started decided to relinquish his job to open a small textiles business which he knew nothing about.
T.S. Elliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find how far one can go.” How do you feel about challenges and taking risks in your line of work?
True. I believe that unless you try something, you can never know your limits. There are many people who have a number of abilities but are scared to try. Although it might be scary to take risks, you must always try and push yourself. I did! In both my career and personal life, I have always pushed myself and was willing to take risks backed up with calculated and informed decisions. I am willing to take a risk but before I make a decision, I will carry out my research and be informed.
If you could be doing anything else professionally, what would that be?
I would be an architect! I love space and architecture has always fascinated me. Apart from textiles, I am also active in the property business. I feel that property and its architecture is something that lasts from one generation to the next. It does not need to be branded to be fascinating, it must simply be aesthetically pleasing.
The bridal fashion industry in Malta. What is your take on it?
It is a very difficult industry. It is demanding and constantly changing. For the bride, her wedding is a one-time event in her life and this leads to high expectations and a lot of responsibility from me and the whole team. If we don’t deliver at the right time, it could ruin everything. We strive to deliver and be there at all times. I consider the procedure of getting everything right for a wedding as complicated as surgery, where if one thing goes wrong it could ruin the whole thing. Sometimes, even when you have the dress in the shop, you are still at risk that something will go wrong.