We had the good fortune of connecting with Veenu Gaba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veenu, is there something you believe many others might not?
I had always heard growing up that women, whether it be sister, daughter, wife or mother, can’t do business. I do not agree with that. I believe we can have it all. If God has created women that can bring another life to the planet, I believe we can do it all. Starting and succeeding in a business is a very simple task for us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
With hundreds of clothing stores within a few mile radius from everyone, I had to do something extraordinary if I had to survive the jungle of fashion with big lions. I stay connected to my roots and bring the Indian culture to America via clothing for both Indians living in America and Americans who like to do something out of the norm. I listen to my clients on what they want and then I improvise upon what will look best on them, I feel like I am the bridge that takes their vision and turns into reality. Starting a business in fashion industry was no child’s play. I had the struggle and had to work hard and be creative. Internet can be distracting so I had to come up with ideas on my own and make people like and believe in my creation. My mantra to succeed was that I cannot give up no matter what. I have burnt the midnight oil for many nights just to create one outfit. I want everyone to know that with me, it’s all about the details.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to Houston in 2014 from the fashion capital of US, New York. Since the past 7 years I always look for spots that inspire me, that are different than anything I had seen before. To name a few, I’d say JM Stroud Rose Garden, Miller Outdoor Theater, Smither Park, The Orange Show museum, Big Bubble in Downtown, Eclectic Menagerie Park, Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park, oh my goodness, there’s so many.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Other than the obvious shoutout to my family who supported me all along, I’d actually like to give a huge shoutout to the naysayers, the ones that did not believe in me. I think it’s really because of them, I am where I am. They were the ones that lighted the fire in me.
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