Ivanka Trump is the daughter of one of the world’s most famous businessmen, and has her entrepreneurial eye trained firmly on Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
What’s the most difficult thing about being a Trump? I would not call it difficult, but what weighs most on me is the responsibility to uphold my father’s high standards, and contribute in a very meaningful way to my family’s businesses and endeavours.
What are you doing in Bahrain on this trip? I am in the region on behalf of the Trump Organisation, our real estate and investment company, as we have several partners and diversified interests here in the region. In addition, my jewellery company is in the process of expanding through the GCC.
How hands-on are you in the design process for the Jewellery Collection? Very much. I work with our design team on the vision for each collection and style. They turn my vision into actual jewellery.
Summarise your design ethic. My aesthetic is ‘classic with a twist’ focusing on the best classic designs of the past century, reinterpreted for the modern woman. I call this ‘heirloom chic’.
Numerous celebrities have been seen wearing your jewellery. Who would you most like to see wearing it? I love seeing women of style – famous or not, wearing my designs. Nothing is more fulfilling than seeing a ‘normal’ woman out to lunch or at an event wearing a piece of Ivanka Trump.
What’s your secret to success in business? Focus, hard work, passion – when you love what you do, you succeed.
The Trump Organisation is a truly global concern. Where do you see the corporation growing in the future? Our focus rests in top tier cities as well as high growth markets around the world. We have also rapidly been growing in the hospitality sector through our acclaimed hotel brand, The Trump Hotel Collection. We have opened four ultra luxury hotels within the past three years and have several more in the pipeline for 2010-11. After having spent time in Bahrain, I can affirmatively say that it is definitely on my list of potential locations for a Trump International Hotel & Tower.
Have you been to Bahrain before? What do you think of the country? I had been to the Gulf several times before but never to Bahrain. I am always so impressed by the warmth of the people and the beauty of the region. The love and respect for history and tradition is very inspiring.
You have recently been named as spokesperson of the United Nations’ Girl Up! campaign. What would you say to young women who feel disenfranchised in the Gulf? The world is at a turning point, and efforts such as the UN Foundation Girl Up! campaign have the potential to generate real change on a global level. Investing in young women is proven to be the most effective way to exercise meaningful and long term societal change over entire communities. I hope my contribution and role in support of the Girl Up! campaign will inspire young girls to stay in school, receive better healthcare and invest in their futures. I would like to tell the young women in the GCC to look up to their own role models - Queen Rania is a force recognised worldwide for her efforts on behalf of women in the GCC.