Boss LadyFeatures 10.07.2020

Too glam to give a damn | Shiza Hassan

BY Asif

Shiza Hassan is a mother a wife and a well known fashion designer in the Pakistani Fashion Industry. She made her debut when she was selected for PFDC Fashion week, a very prestigious platform at a very early stage.

Did you stumble upon your career or was it something that you always wanted?
I was at LUMS studying business and humanities and pursuing a career in interior designing simultaneously during my final year. Back then I was happily pursuing that and it was getting bigger and better until I had my first born and the guilty mom syndrome started to kick in because I had to be away at far flung sites for my interior projects. During that phase I was guided by my mother that maybe the solution to my tears would be to do something in closer proximity to my child. And for this trasitional period I started channeling that energy into designing clothes since that was familiar space for me as I had been designing for my family and friends for as long as I can remember. Then I started with just 2 people on the adda and now here I am. How it grew and when it grew probably was just fate.

What was your “aha!” moment?
I think a career is not just one ‘aha’ moment but a lot of ‘ahas’ and lots of lows. But if I had i choose one it would be when we got selected for the most prestigious platform in the country; PFDC fashion week at a very early stage, just one year into my work .That’s when I started thinking that my work should be more than just my hobby. The fact that they are choosing me to come in the mainstream of design houses in the country may be it. I felt like there was something unique that I was doing and was doing it right.

Did you ever consider or experience a career change?
Interior designing is something I’m very passionate about and feel like i should incorporate it into our brand house in the future but right now my hands are full.

What time you felt completely was discouraged and how did you push through it?
The deadlines and the pressures that you have to meet can bog you down time and again. My kids and time with them is so precious that when it gets imbalanced then that’s when I get discouraged. Apart from that when im at work, with my team, Alhamdulillah I love what we’re doing and creating everyday!

What was the best advice that your mentor gave you?
The best advice is to keep improving yourself constantly and looking at the brighter side of life all the time!

What are the top 3 things you cherish in your life?
Family, friends, and to have a drive in life general and not just in your career. I think it’s crucial in life to have passions and the drive to do things right and with some amount of heart. That’s something I would want my kids to have.

What is #1 thing that is yet to be ticked off your bucket list?
Ah there are so many! At this time it is to study and thoroughly understand the message of my creator for me.

What does nobody tell you about being the boss?
The boss has to succumb to so many things at the same time.To be a good boss, you have to be a good team leader. For that one should be big enough not to play boss all the time! It’s about doing things collectively with understanding and respect for other viewpoints while keeping it all together.

Name one boss lady that you admire and how she still inspires you?
I admire any woman who has a grip on things in her life, someone who is content at the end of the day doing whatever her ambition might be even if it’s being a stay at home mother or whether it’s her career. But if I were to name one boss lady around me, I would love to say my mother because of her positivity and her ability to absorbs things and be encouraging and supportive towards everyone. Shes a Tamgha-e_Imtiaz because of her outstanding achievements in tennis. However we have never seen her neglect her family in any way till to date. Shes present, supportive and our biggest cheerleader!

Describe a day in your life
There is no similar day to another but a day in my life starts with morning school prepaprations and the earlier half of my day at my workshop and then at the studio. Evenings are for family, kids and their activities and social commitments if any or just some chilling at home that I love to do.

Complete this sentence: To me, a #BossLady is…”
A woman who’s got it under control with a big smile and a big heart no matter what storms might be brewing inside of her.

What did you learn from your biggest failure?
God has been very kind and I would say there hasn’t been a big failure as such. Be a better you and try to do better than you did in the past.

What advice would you give to young girls out there who have dreams and goals like yours?
Very important to have goals in life but don’t lose the balance in life. Value relationships, we are nothing without our herd. Choose your battles wisely. Live fully and enjoy every bit of the journey.