TOWIE star Tommy Mallet has made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 European list after making millions with his successful shoe company, Mallet London.
The 28-year-old reality star turned fashion mogul was on the business magazine’s Retail & Ecommerce list, which was officially announced on Thursday.
Tommy launched his trainer brand in 2015 and has made over £ 11 million in sales as of 2020, with famous fans including Drake, Olly Murs, Will.i.am, Craig David and Eve.
‘Honored to be selected’: TOWIE star Tommy Mallet has entered the European Forbes 30 under 30 list after making millions with his successful shoe company Mallet London
Hailing the TOWIE star’s achievement on their website, Forbes shared a photo of Tommy and wrote in the accompanying biography, ‘Tommy Mallet left school due to dyslexia with no qualifications and he worked as a carpenter before becoming a reality TV star.
“The sneakerhead put his passion into its own footwear line in 2015, and the company achieved GBP 11.8 million in sales in 2020 with its footwear and apparel in more than 150 stores around the world.”
Tommy celebrated the achievement on his own social media page, sharing a screenshot of the magazine’s website, writing, ‘Honored to be selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list !! FORBES LIST YOU KNOW [crying laughing emoji] Thanks @forbes [hands raised emoji]
Sneakers: The 28-year-old reality star turned fashion mogul was on the business magazine’s Retail & Ecommerce list, officially announced on Thursday
His pregnant girlfriend and fellow TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou congratulated him on his success.
She said on his Instagram post: ‘What a joy our baby is, he’s letting you teach him and show him the world ❤️’.
Way De Voir creator Reece Wabara, 29, made the list in addition to the founders of Lounge Underwear Daniel, 29, and Melanie Marsden, 28, whose clothes are worn by a host of celebrities, including Love Island’s Molly Smith.
Tommy was inspired to create his own brand after being bullied as a teenager about his cheap sneakers.
Forbes: Tommy launched its trainer brand in 2015 and has made over £ 11 million in sales as of 2020, with famous fans including Drake, Olly Murs, Will.i.am, Craig David and Eve
Celebration: Tommy shared a screenshot on Instagram from the magazine’s website, expressing his gratitude as his pregnant partner Georgia Kousoulou congratulated him
“I’m not going to lie, I didn’t feel good about it at all,” Tommy told FEMAIL in 2018. But at the end of the day, everyone is going through hard times. Since I couldn’t afford them, I wanted to move forward and prove not only to them but to myself that I could get where I wanted to be, and even more than that!
‘I feel that at some point in my life I certainly could have had the potential to go down the wrong path, but in the end I knew I wanted to do things the right way and succeed. So staying on the right track was important to me. ‘
Tommy – who has never been to college – turned his lack of qualifications into a positive too, knowing he would have to work hard if he wanted to be more than a carpenter – a job he did for three years.
‘In the back of my mind I always knew I had no such thing as GCSEs and I knew I had to push myself harder because of this, but I wouldn’t say it made me down. It actually motivated me to become more successful, ‘he explained.
Tommy decided in 2015 to put pen to paper and design his own shoes, because he wanted to create an ‘evening’ sneaker with high-quality materials at an affordable price.
“When I was younger I never had enough money to buy a pair of trainers that I really liked because they were all so expensive, so I put pen to paper and decided to design something similar,” he recalls.
At the time, I had a friend who worked in the industry and he agreed to make the pair for me from my original design. They came out really great and from there we decided to team up and make Mallet London
Sizzling: Lounge Underwear founders Daniel, 29, and Melanie Marsden, 28, whose clothes are worn by a host of celebrities, including Love Island’s Molly Smith (pictured), also made the list