Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Passion for Fashion since I Was a Youmg Girl; MUM-OF-THREE Julie Tocker Launched Her Own Fashion Label Last Year at the Age of 39. She Tells MADELEINE BOWDEN How Overcoming Dyslexia and Juggling a Hectic Family Life Hasn't Stopped Her Achieving Her Dream. myLife

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Passion for Fashion since I Was a Youmg Girl; MUM-OF-THREE Julie Tocker Launched Her Own Fashion Label Last Year at the Age of 39. She Tells MADELEINE BOWDEN How Overcoming Dyslexia and Juggling a Hectic Family Life Hasn't Stopped Her Achieving Her Dream. myLife

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Byline: MADELEINE BOWDEN

HAVING a passion for fashion is something designer Julie Tocker has never been able to shake off.

So after taking time out from her career to raise three children and at the age of 39, she decided to take the plunge and launch her own womenswear line, Danachi.

Like many young girls Julie, from Byker, grew up with a love of clothes.

"I have always had a passion for fashion,", says the 40-year-old. "When I was younger, if my mam bought me a jacket I would cut it up and customise it."

Julie grew up in Heaton and attended Heaton Manor school but her childhood, like two million Britons, was troubled with undiagnosed dyslexia.

"I didn't do well at school," she recalls. " I found it very difficult so I didn't do my GCSEs. I found out when I went to university that I had dyslexia. I always knew that I had some sort of learning disability as my reading and spelling were very poor. It just shows you that even if you have a learning difficulty you can still achieve and I now have a degree in fashion."

Despite her setbacks, Julie went on to attain a BA in fashion design from Northumbria University. She was in good company as Julie's peers include designer Scott Henshall.

After finishing her degree Julie decided to take time out to have her three children and after being out of the business for a few years struggled to find her confidence again.

"ACoupled with the pressure of juggling the demands of motherhood, it was not easy, but she followed her dream and launched her own label in May.

"Fashion is a very challenging industry and so competitive," she says.

"There were times when I felt like giving up because it isn't easy to balance the demands of children with trying to get a business off the ground, but then I think 'I can do this. …

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