Azeeza Khan on The Mentor Files with Monica Royer

Azeeza Khan left her corporate job for the chance to pursue her dream of launching a women's wear brand, which she did with just a $3,000 budget. Since launching, her store has been listed by Forbes as a top shopping destination in Chicago and Azeeza herself was named by Women’s Wear Daily as the city’s “it designer”.

Azeeza's brand is a perfect combination of accessibility and luxury, so it's no surprise that it’s a favorite among celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, stylists, and fashion-forward women. The line is now carried exclusively at Barney’s where it continues to sell out each season.

She runs her business like a tight ship with a lean team, all the while balancing being a mom of a toddler. In today's podcast, she talks with Monica about her decision to quit her corporate job and take a chance on her own business, how her brand has evolved, and the importance of utilizing your network.

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'It's important to put yourself out there and represent yourself.' - Azeeza Khan

Show Notes:

  • How Azeeza made the transition from the corporate world to starting her own business
  • When Azeeza learned to design
  • What the day-to-day life is like
  • Why you have to pursue your idea
  • The importance of a good network
  • How Azeeza's brand has evolved
  • The importance of attainable luxury to her brand
  • What challenges she faces with the brand
  • When Azeeza felt like her business was really working
  • Why press needs to equal sales
  • Do your research and set goals

'There's so many new avenues of innovation that really benefit small businesses.' - Azeeza Khan

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'It's important to understand what is working for you, but then also applying freshness to it.' - Azeeza Khan