We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonique Saturday and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sonique, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I think it’s important to know that when I got started, I wasn’t trying to start a business – I just wanted to make a bag for myself. Many years later when I realized I had a product that other people wanted to buy, I knew I wanted to stay true to myself and create things that I liked. That’s where the true magic lies. I always tell other creators, “Make things that you actually like.”
I also wanted to create something that women could style their entire looks around. I aimed to create conversation starters, something that made people stop and pay attention.
I liked the idea of awakening how people thought, and even sometimes making them uncomfortable in that truth, through my art.
All Saturday House pieces are custom made, and hand painted. Because this isn’t the norm in the handbag industry, no matter who you are, if you’re wearing my bag, you’re going to get asked about it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career has not been easy trek. However, the best decision I ever made was to not give up.
I realized, there’d be challenges whether I gave up on being an entrepreneur or went to work for someone else. I knew it was either stress out about someone else’s company or stress out about my own. So, staying the course just made sense to me.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is if you want to see if there’s success on the other side you must just keep going.
I want the world to feel free to express themselves. Say what you want to say out loud, and in style.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My showroom, of course.
Otherwise, I’d say Venice Beach, that’s where I was born so my roots are there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d have to attribute a lot of my success to my parents.
My dad has long been a part of Earth Wind & Fire’s stage management and growing up seeing his work ethic, drive, and creativity I think it was instilled in me. During the summer’s I got to witness some of the great’s play and create and be authentic artists, in their own right. It was amazing to have that exposure during my formative years.
Also, my mom always allowed me to be creative, and that’s an extremely important part of my story. She would get calls about my shocking or overly creative outfits in high school, but she always had my back. Artists need to be allowed to have that sort of freedom and encouragement.
Later in my entrepreneurial journey, her support would give me the confidence to create my signature pieces.