Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in the fashion industry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lisa Pellett, founders of Lucy Clothing, located in Langley BC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
LUCY Clothing is Plus Size fashions boutique for the Curvy plus size Woman! LUCY Clothing is passionate about fun clothing that fits a curvy plus size figure. From a comfortable pair of jeans and top to a Mother of Dress for your son or daughter's wedding and anything in between. We even had a woman going to the Oscars come to LUCY for her dress (she won her category). LUCY Clothing customers are women who care how the feel and look in clothing.You can be a wife, daughter, new mother, high-school student, business woman, grandmother, great grandmother, bride etc... you will find something here at LUCY.
Tell us about yourself
Before I became the owner of LUCY Clothing, I was working in the boutique as a sales associate for 3 years. When I heard the original owner was selling I talked to my husband and and we are now the proud owners of LUCY Clothing. My customers motivate me to do the best job that I can do for them. When a customer comes in and is a little low about themselves, I feel for them cause I have been there myself. The biggest reward after helping someone is seeing the huge smile and sometimes tears and gratitude that they have for the help they have received. I have even gotten some hugs. It's easy to say I love what I do.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is that I have sourced product that is Canadian. LUCY Clothing is 80-90 % Canadian brands. Some items I still source from the USA or Europe. But when customers hear that it is a Canadian brand and made in Canada, they love it.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Sleepless nights. I know that sounds a little funny but I can lay awake in bed running numbers, what I need to order, who to call, staff schedule, who gets paid this week. Even though you lock the doors and go home after a full day, you are always working.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
As I didn't start LUCY Clothing myself I don't know what that looks like, but to run a successful business takes patience. Don't take things personally, take it one day at a time. Smile & laugh. Enjoy it!!!!
Where can people find you and your business?
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