Andrea Gusta from Luxquisite Clothing
Tell us about your business?
We are two long-time friends that share a love for fashion, style and flair. Our mission with Luxquisite Clothing is to spread the looks we adore with a world of fashion-forward women. Whether the search is for an outfit of the day, special occasion dress or just one of the many go-to staples within every woman's wardrobe. We aim to have it easily accessible and affordable in one simple online location.
Our business was started in June of 2014.
How did you get started?
My business partner Chandra and I came up with the idea when we were both on maternity leave and looking for something we could do from home while also continuing on with our current careers (Chandra is a real-estate agent and I am a salon owner/hairstylist). The online factor allows us to work non-traditional hours which fits in with our careers.
What inspires you?
We both find that our children inspire us the most.
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
My idea of a modern woman is one who can juggle both a busy career and a family life. It's hard to find a healthy balance with both those aspects.
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
Go for it! If you have a dream, determination and passion you can do anything! There are so many great resources available for women entrepreneurs now.
What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?
Don't sweat the small stuff! There are always going to be ups and downs with any business but like anything you need to concentrate on your goals and ride out the small bumps in the road.
What is in the future for Luxquisite Clothing?
We are looking into expanding Luxquisite Clothing and have recently moved into a larger warehouse space. Who knows maybe in the future you will see some men's or children's fashions.
What would we find you doing in your free time?
What free time?! When we do have free time we enjoy spending it with our families and we both love to travel, whether it's for business or pleasure.
Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?
Yes! I believe within the last few years this sense of community has grown immensely! I began my first business 15 years ago and at that time I felt like there was much more competition between female entrepreneurs whereas now there is a growing movement to help support fellow female entrepreneurs.
Check out this amazing online store at luxquisite.ca and make sure to stop by their pop-up shop at the 2016 Modern Woman Show & Expo on April 16 & 17th at Prairieland Park
Interview by Mandi Brown
Photos courtesy of deMo Photography