Women on Top: Amy Smilovic – Fashion Designer (2006)
Amy Smilovic is a 37-year-old clothing designer extraordinaire. Her company, Tibi, generates 8 million dollars a year in sales. This former American Express employee embarked on her adventure when she moved to Hong Kong with her husband, who also worked at Amex. In order to avoid conflicts of interest and faced with the prospect of having to report to her husband, Amy quit her job.
Hong Kong turned out to be her muse as she churned out fresh, unique and affordable fashion that quickly took the world by storm. The Tibi line became so successful that she and her husband are now partners in both life and work. In Amy’s words, “I’m having a blast and I’m doing everything in the world that I love to do.”