At 19, founded first start-up producing merch (textile, leather, noble metal, e.g. silver, gold coating).
We negotiated licensing agreements, designed, produced the first sample series, managed the approval process with large clients, conducted quality control, imported customized merchandising products.
We worked together with international suppliers from India, Italy, and Turkey to produce tailored merchandise for music groups.
Some of the most popular ones were the Backstreet Boys, The Scorpions, and Rammstein and multinational enterprises like R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (famous for Camel cigarettes).
Due to our lack of financial management experience, the business went bankrupt after four years.
Ironically, a career with financial institutions was in my future.