Hortense's first career is interpretation, it has been her profession for the past 17 years and it remains a true passion for her. However, she took the decision to quit her job as an interpreter in a major international organisation in order to pursue other passions and set up her company.


Hortense always had an artistic side. She used to draw, do ballet and jazz, she took and developed photos, she wrote and sang. As an adult she had to focus more on her family and her professional life, but there came a time when she needed to come back to an artistic activity.


That is how she founded Afropian in 2017. "Afropian" is a word play between "Africa" and "Ethiopia" as she envisions her brand to be a bridge between her country, Ethiopia, and the rest of the African continent.