Dina Malkova, 37, was born and brought up in the ancient town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, in Central Asia. The daughter of artist Firs Malkov, she traveled widely with her family and by 11 months of age Dina had already completed an extensive tour of Russia. Her creative upbringing involved art exhibitions, concerts, and socializing with poets and philosophers at her parentsí parties.
Dina has always been passionate about art, design and travel and this has strongly influenced her career over the years. She studied English at Tashkent University of Foreign Languages, and qualified with a degree as a professional interpreter. Her subsequent work for Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts culminated in her post as Manager of a 190 room hotel. However, her desire to work in a creative capacity persisted and in 2000 Dina and business partners established the Human Wear company in Uzbekistan, retailing collections by young Uzbek designers. Seven years on, Human Wear still operates successfully in a market where most businesses fail within the first two years.
To gain new ideas and expertise and to give herself increased business advantages, Dina decided to undertake further study in the UK. In 2005, through The British Council, she was awarded a Chevening scholarship to attend The University of Arts, at the London College of Communication. As part of her MA in Enterprise Management in Creative Arts, Dina completed a Creative Ventures course at the London Business School, winning the top award. This caught the attention of investors who were attracted to her business ideas.
Whilst in London Dina became aware that the traditional craftsmanship and materials of her home country would be exciting and innovative to the UK fashion industry. In 2007, using her contacts and sources in Uzbekistan, Dina launched her on-line business selling a collection of clothes designed and made specifically for the British market. Dina is now a resident of Lewes.