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In The Spotlight: Rucht D’Oleo-Schwartz
Meet Rucht D’Oleo-Schwartz, a powerful force in the South Florida fashion industry.
You are a long time Miami resident, had your own clothing brand, author of two fashion business books, CEO and founder of Fashion Institute of South Florida. How has living in Miami influenced your success?
Miami is a multicultural city with many Latinos living here, I believe that it helps me to be easily accepted here rather than in other cities in the USA. 
What are some of the milestones that you are particularly proud of since establishing The Fashion Institute of South Florida?
I’m proud not only that we were able to train and graduate some students already but seen many of them fulfill their dreams of having a successful brand. Additionally, I’m very proud of having The Fashion Institute of South Florida licensed by The Florida Department of Education. 
What sets your fashion school apart from others?
At the Fashion Institute of South Florida, we really care and look out for each of our students. All classes’ sections are small, allowing students to ask questions and to build a rapport with the instructor. Besides of teaching fashion we motivate and allow students to follow their dreams and live the best version of their life. 
What plans do you have for the future of your company?
To open another campus in North Florida, write another pattern-making book and to complete all the video tutorials on our virtual classroom so students from over the world can learn from the conform of their homes. 
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their business?
To take a few months to study and plan, then start. Keep it balanced; it’s not good to start without knowledge but also, you can NOT wait to have all the knowledge and perfect planning in order to start. By the way, one of my favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar is “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
How has Fashion Group International helped you advance your business?
FGI has played an enormous role in my business. Their networking and educational events help me connect with other industry professionals and keep me updated with the lasted trends.

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