Jane Lu

How an accountant earned $47MILLION by secretly selling clothes out of her parents’ garage

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  • Jane Lu ditched her well-paid corporate career during the global financial crisis
  • She started clothing website Showpo but hid it from her parents for two years
  • The 35-year-old pretended to work as an accountant while building her brand
  • The only child of Chinese migrants came clean when she paid off their mortgage

A glamorous businesswoman has revealed how she built a fashion empire worth a staggering $47million while hiding it from her family for two years.

When Showpo founder Jane Lu started selling clothes from the garage of her parents’ Balmain home in 2010, they thought she was furthering her corporate career at Big Four finance firm, Ernst & Young (now EY Australia).

The only child of Chinese migrant cleaners Queenie, 61, and Frank Lu, 67, fulfilled their wishes by training as an accountant but was terrified to tell them she had packed it in during the global financial crisis to try her hand at online retail.

Jane Lu (pictured) built a fashion empire worth a staggering $47million while hiding it from her family for two years

Jane Lu (pictured) built a fashion empire worth a staggering $47million while hiding it from her family for two years

Jane's parents Queenie and Frank (right) worked as cleaners to give their daughter the opportunities they never had

Jane’s parents Queenie and Frank (right) worked as cleaners to give their daughter the opportunities they never had

‘I would put on my suit every day. I would get the bus into the city with my mum. And I was carrying around the empty laptop bag…I was definitely questioning my life decisions a lot back then. But there was no going back,’ Jane, 35, told the How I Made It podcast.

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