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Inspiring women: Polly McMaster

From corporate to start-up; this budding fashion entrepreneur has created a million-pound clothing line with a celebrity following…

Name: Polly McMaster
Founded: The Fold in 2012
Start-up elevator pitch: Luxury women’s fashion brand loved by celebrities and ‘high-end’ professionals
Industry: Fashion
Follow her: @polly_thefold

Why is she impressive?

Polly McMaster quit her job in private equity and strategy consulting to start a modern women’s workwear clothing line. Four years later, her decision to leave the corporate world for the start-up world has paid off. Already a multi-million-pound business, The Fold – which specialises in elegant, bold pieces for business and occasion wear – has become a hit with high-profile names such as Holly Willoughby, Davina McCall and Kim Sears. McMaster has also succeeded in merging the online and offline experience for customers; The Fold operates an e-commerce platform and a Clerkenwell showroom which also hosts networking events for business women and organisations. Previously featured in Management Today’s 35 under 35, McMaster’s business has gained a lot of press attention with coverage in The Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Glamour, to name a few.

Where can I find out more about Polly McMaster?

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