by Alex R. Travers
Imagine having a peerless knowledge of the fashion industry, a curator’s eye for collecting art, and a tech-savvy business mind. That will give you an idea of what it’s like to be Carmen Busquets, the ever-elegant fashion entrepreneur and art enthusiast who was presented with the “Individual Outstanding Achievement” at the Luxury Briefing Awards in 2011. Educated in Venezuela, England, Canada, and the United States, Busquets brings a global perspective to all her projects and passions.
If Busquets arrived on the comet that was 2000’s Net-a-Porter, her career path has followed with even brighter ventures. In 2006, for instance, she founded Couturelab.com, a “laboratory of ideas” (her description) that focuses on supporting craftsmanship and heritage. Then, in 2012, she launched Giftlab.com, a global gifting site that offers clever, unique gift ideas for men and women. She was also an early investor in Moda Operandi, Maiyet, and Artspace.
But before her initial investment in Net-a-Porter, Busquets opened a high-end fashion boutique in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1990. After a ten-year ban on foreign imports, her store was one of the first in Venezuela to stock Europe’s top designers. The idea was clever: use her international connections to offer the best in luxury items. And the timing couldn’t have been better. With the meteoric rise of the dot-coms, Busquets soon saw the potential of taking her businesses online.
Today, she continues to invest in start-ups and helps entrepreneurs with their ventures, which, of course, she loves. Fashion, art, travel, helping like minds… It’s all business as usual for Busquets.