Forget the age-old polarity between commerce and creativity. For Ahlem Manai-Platt, founder of the eponymous luxury eyewear brand AHLEM, “there’s no distinction”—it’s all about trusting your intuition, be that when hiring, designing or making business decisions. Manai-Platt is confidence incarnate—as she says herself, “I never questioned whether I’d succeed. When you’re at the core of what you’re proposing, how can it fail?” It’s this curiosity and confidence that’s taken AHLEM from strength to strength since she launched it in 2014. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 50 Communion A celebration of fellow-feeling through fashion. Fashion Issue 50 Capsule Wardrobes Unpicking a fashion staple. Fashion Issue 50 What Are You Working On? David Koma’s current workload. Fashion Issue 50 Received Wisdom Marimekko’s creative director, Rebekka Bay, on leadership and finding the right work-life balance. Partnerships Issue 50 Object Matters New light on an old classic. Design Partnerships Through a Glass Lightly An experiment in transparency, in partnership with Marset.