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Meet Samina Mughal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samina Mughal.

Since I was a kid, I have always had a passion for merchandising and fashion design. In fact, when I was in grade school I would make tiny purses out of felt or any kind of material I could get my hands on and sell them to classmates or at my daycare. I even personalized a few for some friends back in the day. As I grew older, I got more and more interested in fashion design and would eat, sleep and breath in fashion magazines, pop culture, music, movies and art.

My mom always said I was never one to let others dress me as I was too “opinionated” to let anyone tell me what to wear or how to wear something. I think that’s why I love fashion and design in general. I believe it is a form of art and self-expression. I personally just love observing people and how they choose the clothing that they wear every day to express themselves.

When I pursued my degree in Merchandising and Digital Retail, I went on to do internships for online retailers and wholesalers, all while working at the local college magazine to make some extra cash because we all know college is not cheap. After I graduated I got a job at a multi-media marketing company as a web site consultant. But as I started to work in the corporate world I became dissatisfied with the day to day struggle of being at a job that just didn’t speak to my passions. I am thankful for working in the corporate world for several years now, as it has given me the experience that I would need in order to keep pursuing my goals in life. One-day last year, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my passions. I began researching and developing Love Lawson Boutique my own online women’s boutique to figure out what direction I wanted to go in. By opening my own online business, I have found a way to utilize all of my talents from design, fashion, and photography. I am very excited to start this journey and my next chapter in my life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not. I have to work hard to develop my brand. Also dealing with the State; from setting up all the proper licenses and accounts to making sure I am following business processes correctly. You definitely want to make sure all of your information and licenses are correct when it comes to being a small business. It takes a lot of research and sleepless nights to build your own business from the ground up. It also takes a lot of vulnerability. I think it’s always hard to put yourself out there fully and this business has become basically my “baby”. Especially since I’m a very private person so definitely being that person who is putting their heart and soul into a business and making it public has been a huge thing for me personally.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Love Lawson Boutique is an online women’s boutique. We specialize in finding and curating pieces for real women with real bodies. Being a little curvy myself, I find it difficult to buy clothing online and get disappointed when things don’t fit or don’t look like what the store shows. I’ve chosen models of all shapes and sizes to showcase that with the clothing. I even offer plus-size pieces as it is very hard to find plus size clothing available that is something women would want to wear to feel sexy, fashionable and comfortable. I think in this day and age designers are starting to be more size-inclusive but a lot of online retailers rarely ever carry items that a plus-size woman would want to wear.

What were you like growing up?
I come from a military family and growing up I was always surrounded by different people of different cultures. I was never afraid to try out different outfits and accessories.  My mother would let me choose my own clothes at a young age. (I used to hate wearing the dresses and frilly clothing of the ’90s). I would always pay attention to clothes while shopping with my mom. Not just look at them but look at the detail, colors and stitching. Because of this interest, my grandmother taught me how to sew clothes for my Barbie’s and then I learn how to make clothes for myself as I got older. Knowing how to sew also helped me because I’m fairly short and curvy so I had to tailor a lot of my clothing myself when I was in high school.

I had a lot of interests growing up. Very typically I liked to go shopping but I had a different perspective was considered “weird” for going to say, a thrift store or wearing clothing that didn’t fit in with the trend.

Pricing:

  • Andrea Long Knit Cardigan Sizes: Small – XL (Plus Sizes Coming Soon) $36.00
  • Willa Snakeskin Romper Sizes Small-3X $46.00
  • Retro Pumpkin T-Shirt Sizes: Small – XL $20.00

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