Where do I meet all the amazing people I feature in my 8Q? I don’t. It certainly is true I draw from my known circle, and I
am always on the lookout at events for someone interesting, but sometimes they come to me through friends on Social Media, as is the case here.
One day I was on Facebook, and noticed I was tagged in a post with a note, “Marilyn, I think this will interest you.” They were right. The post was about Kim Luu, and her company, Flaunt Fashion Library. Here members can rent clothing – day dresses, outerwear, party dresses, shorts, pants, skirts, sweaters, and tops – on a rotating basis. All you do is sign up for a membership (free or paid subscription), select the items you want to rent, select the delivery method, and you can enjoy your new wardrobe additions for up to a month. Then just return those pieces, and pick new ones.
I personally think t his could be of real benefit in particular to anyone attending a lot of local functions . You can keep your personal wardrobe small, and tight, and then rent pieces from Flaunt to keep your look updated, fresh, and varied. It is also an Eco friendly option, and a great choice for someone who loves fashion, but struggles with a limited budget.
In this 8Q Kim Luu shares not only about her journey to launching Flaunt Fashion Library, but about her new clothing line for breastfeeding mums called Mylk Apparel. Enjoy!
8Q Spotlight Kim Luu
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
I am the Founder/Owner of Flaunt Fashion Library, an online fashion rental service based in Vancouver. We want to give women access to beautiful designer dresses at a fraction of the retail cost. Something unique we’re also introducing is the concept of a rotating closet for your everyday wardrobe. I’m very passionate about this venture as it’s giving me the opportunity to promote sustainability through a sharing economy while still making fashion fun, and exciting.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
I believe it’s important to choose to do things that make you happy (in your personal or work life), and to dare to dream. We are lucky to live in a time where opportunities, and entrepreneurship has never been easier. When one door closes, another door opens. You just have to be open to it, willing to work hard, and passionate enough to fight for your vision. Know your why’s because it’ll keep you focused, especially on days that you hit roadblocks.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I’m actually quite an introvert. It’s something that I’ve only realized a couple of years ago. I can be pretty outgoing in social settings, but I hate small talk. I’m pretty awkward at that. While I enjoy being alone, a get-together with good friends is always welcomed!
- I google everything. I think it must be an addiction. I just love learning new things, and it’s awesome that information is so accessible now.
- Sometimes, I get giggly, and feel like a kid in a candy shop when I see racks of amazing dresses. I especially have a soft spot for vintage, and pieces with beautiful workmanship.
Highest moment so far?
Taking the leap of faith, and starting my own company.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
Growing Flaunt Fashion Library. This is just the beginning, and there are lots I have planned for it, so I want to make sure that I’m building a strong foundation for the future. I also have a new side gig called Mylk Apparel, which I co-created with my friend Sharon Ault. Mylk is a contemporary fashion line that caters to the modern breastfeeding mama. Sharon is really the creative behind that, and I’m the cheerleader.
Who and/or what inspires you?
I get inspired by people who do good, have courage, and integrity or are passionate, and dedicated to their art (whatever that may be; fashion, sports, business, etc…). I love hearing people tell their story.
How do you personally define success?
I define success to be about happiness for me, and others. If I could help others, and improve their lives, that’s success. If I fail chasing a goal, that’s still success because I’m happy that at least I tried.
Right now, it’s the Latin proverb “Audentes fortuna iuvat” which translates to “Fortune favors the bold”. I’m thinking of getting it inked.
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