Written By : Samantha Cee
Online Boutique: queenmaven.storenvy.com
Instagram: @queenmavenbeauty Facebook: @QueenMaven
This month we sat down with the amazing innovative company Queen Maven. Queen Maven is owned by Lynka Lee aka “LyLy”. Queen maven was born in 2017 as an online boutique specializing in designer inspired Sunshades, mink lash strips, & custom virgin wigs. They are a newer business but, they are expanding with quickness. Bright futures are ahead for Queen Maven, they will be expanding to apparel in the next 6 months. “ We ask that you keep an eye out for lots of fashionable pieces.” . Take a look at our exclusive interview .
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How did the idea for your business come about?
Queen Maven CEO: Well I begun entrepreneurship initially as an mac cosmetics vendor some years back & was looking to get a new fresh start in a different market. After careful research, I noticed my city lacked blacked owned sunglass companies. For me, sunglasses is a must living in the sunshine state. I also wanted to offer high end stylish designs to accompany any occasion. Not long after careful planning Queen Maven was hatched.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
Queen Maven CEO: Number 1 thing I look for is trustworthy character. Do you jump out to me as a person or company that keeps its word and it can be deemed reliable? Number 2 , how can Queen Maven benefit to & from the prospective partnership? Last but not least, what are your core ethics?
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What three pieces of advice would you give to other adults who want to become entrepreneurs?
Queen Maven CEO: Never Give Up, Set Goals, Achieve Them & Continue to Strive for New
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Queen Maven CEO: I would have thought to invest more into my own brand younger, but you live & learn. I can truly say I value my past unfortunate endeavors because they helped mold me into who I am now.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur ?
Queen Maven CEO: : Exceptional Customer Service, Eyes forward for advancement, & a lot of devotion and dedication
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
Queen Maven CEO: My biggest failure would be going out of business for lack of marketing skills. When I had my cosmetic boutique 5 years ago, I couldn’t turn enough profit due to the lack of exposure. Not to mention knowing the first way to go about getting it. With trial and error & school I now am worry free in that department. I’ve learned to network & market my brand uniquely as it is.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How many hours do you work a day on average?
Queen Maven CEO: My work day is anywhere between 8-10 hours long.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
Queen Maven CEO: I have to create a lot of promo & ad material. So most of my day consist of creating social media material to market. I have to check inventory & shipping supplies daily to ensure proper stock. I pack orders & deliveries for daily runs and drop offs. I also have to update the online boutique & manage social sight insights. I handle the customer support inquiries and or orders. I pretty much run all aspects of the business.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Queen Maven CEO: I was already a work from home mom, so it was a relatively easy adjustment. I just have to make sure I stick as closely as possible to my natural flow. Most high, Family, then business friends are like family to me so that’s why I didn’t list it.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
Queen Maven CEO: : Being able to help others & myself gain financial independence. I also dream of contributing to the recirculation of the black dollar within our communities.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: How do you generate new ideas?
Queen Maven CEO: Im a very Artsy individual naturally. I get a lot of inspiration from random thoughts or raw uncut life event’s.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Queen Maven CEO: I’ve had to cut out corporate America from my schedule. Me working full time plus being a full time mom didn’t leave time to properly run my business. So I saved up some money to start my business off, & also constant support of my fiancé has been my two biggest helps. Now I have time to grind & build my brand while being able to juggle mommyhood and running a boutique.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Queen Maven CEO: In 10 years I see Queen Maven expanded into a one stop shop style boutique. Offering Apparel, Accessories, & more at reasonable pricing. I want Queen Maven to be a fashionable quality boutique, but at a reasonable cost. I see myself a homeowner & financial coach. I want to be able to inspire others to break free and stay independent. In 20 years I would love to have a community project formed to help young black adults gain independence through home ownership early. Also have Queen Maven transitioning into an manufacturing warehouse for wholesale bulk purchasing. Offer a variety in a box for future entrepreneurs. Give the advantage of starting out with a mixture and not having the stress of outsourcing multiple vendors.