Mackenzie Firby with
Photo Courtesy of deMo Photography
Tell us about your business?
Two Fifty Two Boutique specializes in women’s designer ready to wear, handbags, accessories, shoes, outerwear and more! We carry designer labels including DVF, Kate Spade, Vince, Eileen Fisher and Cynthia Rowley just to name a few. We pride ourselves on customer service and ensure you leave with not only an outfit that you love but an experience that you will tell your friends about.
How did you get started?
The Boutique opened in August of 2014. I have always had a love of fashion and shopping and wanted to bring the big city shopping feel to Saskatoon. Our city is growing, but I still found that I shopped a lot while away on business or vacation. I wondered why no one in Saskatoon was selling my favourite brands and decided it was a niche I could fill.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by a lot of people. My entire family is successful entrepreneurs and I look up to them. I go to them for mentorship, advice and support to ensure I succeed. I am inspired everyday by customers that enter the boutique. Each one has a unique story- problems they have overcome, personal failure and triumphs which all inspire me to create a positive atmosphere that they are drawn to. I am also inspired by fashion icons including Diane Von Furstenberg- she says that success does not come by chance or with luck but with hard work. I agree with this and try to live it everyday!
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
My idea of a Modern Woman is someone that is positive and confident in her own self. She is on trend but has her own style. She takes cues from others, but ultimately makes her own path. She takes chances and both fails and succeeds but learns from her failures. She is someone that others want to be around and want to be like.
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
You never know what will be until you try! It isn’t easy- you will work more than you ever have before. Sweat and tears are inevitable but are needed for success. When you think you have done all the research, planning and preparing you can ever do- do some more! Ask for advice and help when you need it, even if you think you don’t! Surround yourself with positive people- the ones that lift you up and inspire you and the road won’t be so rocky!
Visit Mackenzie and her amazing staff at Two Fifty Two Boutique @ 134 - 1824 McOrmond Dr, University Heights Square and watch for their booth at the 2016 Modern Woman Show & Expo on April 16th and 17th at Prairieland Park.
Don't miss them on stage for the fashion show Saturday April 16th at 7 p.m.
Interview by Mandi Brown