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ANNE FONTAINE

DESIGNER, MOTHER & PHILANTHROPIST

Anne Fontaine was born in 1971 to a Brazilian mother and French-German father in Rio de Janeiro. Passionate about ecology, she decided to live six months in the Amazonian forest in the northeast of Brazil when she was 17 years old. At the age of 20, she settled down in France where she met her husband Ari Zlotkin.

After discovering an old trunk filled to the brim with white shirts they both decided to take over his family’s clothing business. The Anne Fontaine business was born.

ANNE FONTAINE

DESIGNER, MOTHER & PHILANTHROPIST

Anne Fontaine was born in 1971 to a Brazilian mother and French-German father in Rio de Janeiro. Passionate about ecology, she decided to live six months in the Amazonian forest in the northeast of Brazil when she was 17 years old. At the age of 20, she settled down in France where she met her husband Ari Zlotkin.
After discovering an old trunk filled to the brim with white shirts they both decided to take over his family’s clothing business. The Anne Fontaine business was born.

What barriers have you faced, as a woman, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them?
I think starting a business in general brings so many obstacles. My practice has always been to remain focused on our goals to ensure the brand was something special for myself and for my customers. My advice to women starting out is to remain fearless, set your dreams and follow them with passion and see where it brings you. Success often requires us step outside of our comfort zone – and to be brave in the face of obstacles.

What barriers have you faced, as a woman, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them?
I think starting a business in general brings so many obstacles. My practice has always been to remain focused on our goals to ensure the brand was something special for myself and for my customers. My advice to women starting out is to remain fearless, set your dreams and follow them with passion and see where it brings you. Success often requires us step outside of our comfort zone – and to be brave in the face of obstacles.

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Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?
As the mother of three girls - I know the future belongs to them. I believe that it’s the responsibility of all women to encourage and support other women. Working together as a sisterhood is where we can make the biggest contribution..

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Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?
As the mother of three girls - I know the future belongs to them. I believe that it’s the responsibility of all women to encourage and support other women. Working together as a sisterhood is where we can make the biggest contribution.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
To know your value and potential, to put your talents to good use by doing the hard work it takes to achieve success and to remain positive throughout all stages of the journey.

International Women’s Day celebrates the scientific, political and social achievements of women, in your experience as a successful woman What is its significance?
There are so many women who should be celebrated for their achievements - I am inspired by women like Simone Veil and Ruth Bader Ginsberg and I marvel over their courage and commitment they have displayed in fighting for human and civil rights. I believe that it is essential for young women to have meaningful role models that they admire and using their standards for the way they live their own lives.