Musings of a Stylista: When did you realize your appreciation for fashion?
Bachmai Luu: Growing up as a tomboy, I probably didn’t discover fashion until my junior or senior year in high school, and even now having a store, I still prefer to be in jeans and a tee shirt.
Musings of a Stylista: When did you decide to begin a career in fashion?
Bachmai Luu: After receiving my MBA from Pepperdine in 2000, I realized I wanted to work for myself and not be in corporate America any longer. I then made a decision to go for it without any fear of failure.
Musings of a Stylista: Clearly, seems like one of the best decisions you could have made. How long has B.Luu been in operation?
Bachmai Luu: Since September of 2001
Musings of a Stylista: Entering into the world of fashion at such a young age did you have a personal fashion aesthetic?
Bachmai Luu: Yes, I’ve always been pretty conservative and tend to stick with neutral colours more, but I don’t mind wearing colours and prints as long as it’s not too much. A simple dress in the summer with my Balenciaga bag and Louboutin wedge will do well for me. I don’t accessorize much although I love to see it on others. Winter for me would be skinny jeans, YSL boots and a cute long sleeve top with a scarf and classy leather jacket. So I would say simple with a twist.
Musings of a Stylista: Who inspires you?
Bachmai Luu: My family, friends and clients all have played a role in inspiring me and allowing me to get to where I am today.
Musings of a Stylista: How do you maintain inspiration and excitement for your career?
Bachmai Luu: Being in tune and in touch with what’s out there in the fashion world, and always thinking outside the box with what I can do for my business, and how to be different.
Musings of a Stylista: What is your favourite season for fashion and why?
Bachmai Luu: I am a summer girl, but for fashion, I love fall. I love all the jackets, coats, chunky knits, scarves and boots. To me, you can do so much more for fall because you can layer and be more creative to keep warm.
Musings of a Stylista: What are your top staple picks for every girl’s closet?
Bachmai Luu: Denim, denim, denim! White tees and tanks, a few blazers, some cocktail dresses and a few casual dresses. A black and nude pump, and of course flip flops.
Musings of a Stylista: What are some summer must-haves?
Bachmai Luu: Colour denim, maxi dresses and a great cropped denim jacket.
Musings of a Stylista: Any advice for aspiring boutique owners?
Bachmai Luu: Don’t go into business being in too much debt… my motto is ‘Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.’