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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

G.I.A. Luxe: Sweet Ambition Personified

If you haven't seen a G.I.A. Luxe handbag being worn all around town then you must not know me! I've been rocking my own personal picks from G.I.A. Luxe and the quality and designs are unlike anything I've ever seen!
 All versatile, sexy and functional! 
Cha'rron Davis wearing G.I.A. Luxe with Marlene Jimenez at  Viktoria's Closet!

Also seen on local Master Chef Finalist Suzy Singh Chicago Singer Mira Black

Sheetal Patel  C.E.O. of G.I.A. Luxe & I met back in March at The Borris Powell C Me N Dior F/W 2011 Show!
She was so fierce and sassy we immediately bonded and I found out that she is the designer and owner of this amazing handbag line perfectly named after her most adorable daughter & muse: 
G.I.A. Luxe!
Sheetal is always on the go and working so hard to make her mark in the local and International Fashion Scene. Traveling recently to New York Fashion Week and Las Vegas for the Magic Tradeshow.
She is a shooting star full of ambition going for the stars and beyond! 
I had the pleasure of speaking with Sheetal and here she gives insight behind her rising brand!
Megan Graveline, Sheetal & Williow Faygenholtz 
Wearing G.I.A. Luxe At My Second Book Signing at 
The Borris Powell Studio!

C.Chic: Tell us more about The G.I.A. Luxe Brand?
Sheetal Patel: G.I.A. Luxe is a "Young Luxe" brand, for a younger woman wanting a designer handbag without having to pay a high fashion, luxury price point.  All handbags are made here in the U.S.A., which definitely sets the brand apart from the market.  The G.I.A. Luxe can in turn focus on quality and has even introduced the choice for the client to have their own custom handbag.  To top it off, turn around is quick.

C.Chic: What inspired you to create your own brand? Has this always been a lifelong passion of yours?
Sheetal Patel: At age thirteen my father up rooted me from London to the Middle East and then two years later we immigrated to The States so my father could finally get the chance to live his "American Dream" by owning hotels.  My father has always been ambitious, never settling and so of course being exposed to such an entrepreneurial man I too caught the 'fever.'  Fashion has always been my love.  Being raised in London, it was only natural that I ended up in this field.  I wouldn't want it any other way.  Being happy in your career is important to me. 

C.Chic: Are G.I.A. Luxe designs all locally made here in Chicago or the US?
Sheetal Patel: All designs are produced locally here in Chicago, which helps in a quick turn around and a careful look at quality control.

C.Chic: How has being a mommy inspired you?
Sheetal Patel: My gorgeous Gia keeps me on my toes everyday and so naturally I'm always inspired.  She is not only an inspiration, but a source of motivation.  As one can imagine life is hectic and when I feel I cannot do it anymore, I look at her and she pushes me to work harder.  My goal is to leave her something that she can be proud of.  To leave her a brand knowing that it literally begun from the ground up.  With no helping hands or favors, just pure hard work and ambition.
Sheetal With Her Gorgeous Little Gia 

C.Chic: Please Tell us where we can we buy Some Gorgeous G.I.A. Luxe Handbags & What is the price range?!
Sheetal Patel: My G.I.A. woman can buy their handbags at the company website, at Cerato Boutique in Lakeview, Chicago, Borris Powell's Studio in Lincoln Park, Chicago and Eclection Showroom in Bucktown, Chicago...A new addition that is set to open doors in the New Year, Minsstyle Boutique Parkland, Florida. Price point ranges from $175-$315

C.Chic: Being that your brand is for the ambitious woman what are some of your ambitions for the future of G.I.A. Luxe?!
Sheetal Patel: Being that I'm from London, my goal for the next three years is to hit the London market.  Shortly there after, my goal is to hit the Dubai market.  I'm a huge fan of Dubai, to anyone who has not been to this city tucked away in the south of the Persian Gulf, make it a must in your travels!
Sheetal At New York Fashion Week September 2011

G.I.A. Luxe is doing an Amazing Black Friday Sale: 50% off all the Crocodile, Lambskin & Scale Skin Starting Now thru Sunday with Free Shipping!!! Take Advantage of this Deal While It lasts as Her bags are really high-end and expensive to make because you get superb quality and craftsmanship and your
G.I.A. Luxe handbag will last you a lifetime.

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